St. Ann gets ready for Tomas


St. Ann Parish Disaster Co-ordinator, Alvin Clarke is encouraging residents of the parish to be proactive and make the necessary preparations for Tropical Storm Tomas.
In an interview with JIS News, following an emergency disaster preparedness meeting on November 2, at the St. Ann Parish Council, Mr. Clarke said the parish remains saturated due to the heavy rainfall from Tropical Storm Nicole, and in areas such as Pedro River, “over 16 feet of water are still in the depression, so we are expecting some levels of flooding.”
With this expectation of flooding in some areas, he assured that all agencies are on high alert, and that they had beefed up their resources in an effort to be able to respond effectively and efficiently.
“An Emergency Operation Centre (EOC) will be activated when necessary and we will continue with the pre-preparation until such time. We are advising persons who live in communities that are already under some level of flooding to evacuate and go to the closest shelters, especially for the Pedro River, Cave Valley and the Moneague areas,” he said.
Mr. Clarke told JIS News that the parish had a comprehensive shelter programme that should prove effective in the event that Tropical Storm Tomas hits the island.
“We are working in collaboration with the Jamaica Red Cross to ensure that the shelter programme works as best as possible, hence we have identified 12 critical shelters and these are located in areas that are expected to be most impacted by the storm. The Jamaica Red Cross will be manning these shelters. Other shelters will be manned under the same programme where we will have trained shelter managers and these persons will be carrying out voluntary services and work alongside our parish disaster committee,” pointed out. Mr. Clarke is appealing to residents who may have to move to shelters, to take care of the facility as they will be needed for the long term benefit of the various communities.

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