$15 Million Allocated for Hazard Management Project

The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), has been allocated $15 million towards the implementation of the Hazard Management Project for coastal towns and cities.
This provision has been made in the 2007/08 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.
The project seeks to produce a comprehensive multi-hazard disaster management plan for the coastal towns and cities of Montego Bay, Negril, Black River, Savanna-la-Mar, Ocho Rios, Port Maria, Kingston, St. Andrew and St. Catherine and to strengthen response capacities through a comprehensive disaster management training, public education and awareness.
Initial targets envisaged for this project included creating a comprehensive approach to disaster management for coastal towns and cities where mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery strategies can be integrated into their development plan and to further the process of co-ordination among government, non-governmental agencies, businesses and citizens. It was also proposed to integrate disaster management capabilities and programmes into everyday activities.
The duration of the project is April 2007 to April 2011. It will be funded by the Government and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

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