Jamaica: Emergency shelters are ready ahead of Hurricane season

The Minister of Local Government and Rural Development - Desmond McKenzie, has informed that the emergency shelters across the Jamaica island are prepared for the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season.

Jamaica: The Minister of Local Government and Rural Development – Desmond McKenzie, has informed that the emergency shelters across the Jamaica island are prepared for the 2021 Atlantic hurricane season.

The Minister informed that he recently visited Hanover and now about the facilities in Portland, the Minister is more than satisfied that the shelters are prepared for the hurricane season this year.

He stated that “Portland is one of the five priority areas for disaster preparedness. The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management – ODPEM and the local authorities have been working assiduously to assure that our shelters are in a state of readiness.”

The Minister also visited several emergency shelters of Portlands and reported the designated areas at the Buff Bay High School for emergency use and further informed that he and his ministers would be visiting the other shelters for the upcoming weeks.

He further informed that the shelters are well-equipped and would allow people if it becomes mandatory.

“During this period, every Jamaican’s responsibility is to pay close attention to the warnings, reading the bulletins issued by ODPEM, particularly in Portland as this area is prone to flooding,” the Minister added.

Following the statement, he noted that the arrangements had been made for all Mayors to assure that transportation is provided for the people who might need to vacate their communities and go to a shelter and urged the Jamaicans to pay careful attention when a warning comes.

In the meantime, the Mayor of Port Antonio – Paul Thompson, stated that the visit to the shelters was in an attempt to take charge and nothing that the isolation region at the Buff Bay High School is absolute for social distancing.

The Atlantic Hurricane Season 2021 was started on June 1 and would likely end on November 30 2021.