Rambachan said additional support is being sought from the T&T High Commission in London and the Jamaica Embassy in Tokyo. He spoke of the need for T&T nationals to register their departures with his ministry in the future. "What we are saying to people is that when you go to high risk areas you should try and let us know where you are," he added. Rambachan said the disaster "tells us how vulnerable we are in the Caribbean. Imagine if we have an earthquake here of that magnitude, what will happen to us."
But Prime Minister Persad-Bissessar later described the event as "a devastating disaster ... I think this one has been really terrible," she told reporters at the Committee Room in Parliament. The PM later said she received a report from the University of the West Indies Seismic Research Unit, St Augustine, which said that "there is no threat for Trinidad and Tobago from what happened in the Pacific." International media reports say the death toll is expected to rise to over 1,000.