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Security officials to do nationwide readiness drills

Friday, July 25, 2014
Police divert traffic away from Wrightson Road, Port of Spain after rumours via social media surfaced of a bomb threat at Tower D International Waterfront. It was later confirmed that the Office of Disaster Preparedness staged a planned fire drill. PHOTO: MICHEAL BRUCE

A release from the Ministry of National Security has shed light on the events that led to media reports of a bomb scare at the T&T Parliament yesterday.

Journalists on social media yesterday reported a bomb scare after employees were seen streaming out of Parliament building and an adjoining tower at the International Waterfront Centre, Wrightson Road, Port-of-Spain. But subsequent social media posts from the Parliament said it was a test of the emergency evacuation procedure.

"All agencies of National Security, other government ministries and other public offices, including critical infrastructure, are involved in a series of readiness drills nationwide," the Ministry of National Security said in its release today.

Law enforcement agencies and protective services will do the drills, which will be coordinated through the National Operations Centre to prepare for any disaster or emergency without any forewarning, the release said.