The Constitution of Jamaica – A Proclamation of a State of Public Emergency


Whereas the Island of Jamaica and its territorial waters are threatened by the calamitous forces of nature caused by hurricane Dean, with imminent physical and economic damage to persons and property,
And whereas the threat is of such a nature and on so extensive a scale as is likely to endanger the public safety and to deprive the community of supplies and services essential to life,
And Whereas I am satisfied that a state of Public Emergency has arisen as a result of the aforementioned circumstances,
And Whereas by virtue of sub-section 5 of Section 26 of the Constitution of Jamaica, the Governor-General may make a proclamation declaring that a state of Public Emergency exists in Jamaica and its territorial waters as a result of hurricane Dean,
NOW THEREFORE, I KENNETH OCTAVIUS HALL, Member of the Order of the Nation, Member of the Order of Jamaica, Governor-General of Jamaica, in exercise of the power conferred by Section 26 (5) of the Constitution of Jamaica and of every other power enabling me, do hereby proclaim that a state of Public Emergency should commence immediately in Jamaica and its territorial waters.
Given under my hand and the Broad Seal of Jamaica at King’s House this 19th day of August in the year of our Lord Two Thousand and Seven and the Fifty-sixth Year of the Reign of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

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