The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) is advising citizens, tourists and all marine interests to be vigilant and exercise caution when on the nation’s beaches and venturing out to sea in light of reports of sargassum seaweed.
The ODPM says it has received reports that significant quantities of sargassum seaweed have been observed off the east-south-east coast of Trinidad, mainly in the Point Radix, Manzanilla and Mayaro areas.
Sargassum is a genus of large brown seaweed (a type of algae) that floats in island-like masses.
The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) has issued some tips to help prevent persons playing mas or going to watch the celebrations, from becoming targets.
Among the tips, the ODPM is warning persons not to accept drinks from strangers, and to walk with only what they need.
The following is the ODPM's statement:
"In keeping with the commitment to build the resilience and capacity of Trinidad and Tobago, the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) wishes to advise all citizens of multiple public safety tips for Carnival 2018.
Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management Dave Williams has resigned with immediate effect.
Confirmation of his departure came from National Security Minister Edmund Dillon in a short message this evening.
A statement from the National Security Ministry said it is with immediate effect, but no further details were given about the reasons for his resignation.
However, Williams and the ODPM have faced public criticism over the agency's response to devastating flooding across the country last week.
The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) is advising citizens to remain calm but to be vigilant under the current Tropical Storm Warning.
The ODPM issued the following statement Sunday evening.
"The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) is advising citizens to be aware that Trinidad and Tobago has been put on Tropical Storm Warning according to the latest bulletin issued by the Trinidad and Tobago Meteorological Office (TTMET) at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday 18th June, 2017.