Alert- Security Message for U.S. Citizens in Trinidad and Tobago – 7.3 Earthquake

Security Message for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy Port of Spain

August 21, 2018

Trinidad and Tobago: 7.3 Earthquake

The U.S. Embassy alerts U.S. citizens residing or traveling in Trinidad and Tobago that a 7.3 earthquake occurred today at 5:31 p.m. local time, with the epicenter originating in Venezuela. Some areas of Trinidad and Tobago may be affected by power outages and the extent of damage is not yet known.  There may be other disruptions associated with the earthquake, accordingly, all U.S. citizens should monitor and follow local advisories from local emergency services and local law enforcement. There is no tsunami warning in effect.

If you need immediate assistance call the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) at 511, local Police at 999, Fire Service at 990, and 211 in Tobago.

If you are a U.S. citizen in Trinidad and Tobago and you are safe, please let your family and friends know.

U.S. Embassy Port of Spain reminds all U.S. citizens about earthquake safety and proper actions for protecting yourself.

What to do during an earthquake:

  • Protect yourself in the safest place possible without having to move far – no matter your limitations, you need to protect yourself as fast as possible.
  • Do NOT attempt to exit the building during an earthquake! Most people are injured by other people or falling debris as they try to exit buildings during the shaking.
  • Drop under a piece of furniture or against an inside wall.  Take cover under a desk or table if possible, and protect your head and neck with one arm/hand.
  • Hold on to a desk or furniture leg to keep it from shifting or uncovering you until the shaking completely stops.
  • Once you are in a safe place, please contact your friends and family to let them know you are okay.
  • Learn more at www.DropCoverHoldOn.org.

For further assistance:

The U.S. Embassy is located at at 15 Queen’s Park West, Port of Spain and can be reached at 868 622 6371

State Department – Consular Affairs (888)407-4747 or (202)501-4444

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