Hurricane warning issued to Jamaica island 

The Office of Disaster Preparedness & Emergency Management - ODPEM notified the people that the Metrological Service - Met of Jamaica has reported that a Hurricane warning is now in effect for Jamaica.

Jamaica: The Office of Disaster Preparedness & Emergency Management – ODPEM notified the people that the Metrological Service – Met of Jamaica has reported that a Hurricane warning is now in effect for Jamaica.

The tropical storm Elsa is expected to impact the Jamaica island in the upcoming 36 hours or less. 

The Prime Minister of Jamaica – Andrew Holness stated, “Hurricane Elsa continues to move quickly across the eastern Caribbean Sea. The Meteorological Service continues the hurricane warning for Jamaica. Preparation has been the key to managing these natural occurrences. I urge everyone to adhere to the following procedures.”

The ODPEM has warned all the agencies and Parish Disaster committees while the emergency managers, responders and volunteers are being placed on standby in case the situation gets worse. 

Tropical storm Elsa is now has become a Hurricane of the first category and soon would get into the second category of hurricanes. 

The press release statement further notes that the Parish Shelter Mechanism and Parish Emergency Operation Centres have been activated, and the requisite staff is carrying out final emergency preparations.

ODPEM noted in the press release statement that the Shelters have also been activated in accordance with the COVID-19 protocols & prevention measures. 

It reminded the small craft operators, including fishers from the cays and banks, to settle in the safe harbour until all warning messages are lifted and wind and sea situations turned to normal. 

ODPEM has advised the people to keep updated on the radios for further advisories and avoid the areas at risk from flooding, storm surges, and landslides. 

People are advised to take the following precautions- 

  • The citizens must evacuate if they reside in flood-prone areas, specifically the eastern and northeastern regions of the island. 
  • They must decide likely evacuation routes. 
  • The citizens must avoid the flooded waterways such as – fordings, gullies, streams, rivers. 
  • The citizens should turn off the electrical power, water and gas supplies in the regions which are in immediate danger for flooding. 

ODPEM further provided helpline numbers for the citizens at – 

  • landlines – 876-906-9674-5, 876-754-9077-8.
  • digicel lines – 876-618-5640, 876-618-5637-9.
  • toll-free lines – 1-888-225-5637. 

The ODPEM has stated that it and the MET service would continue to monitor the system & provide the information to the citizens.