JIS News

Over 3,000 students and teachers from four schools in St. Ann are now more aware of the hazards of earthquakes, after they took part in a sensitization programme during Earthquake Awareness Week (January 8 to January 13).
The programme was organized by the parish’s Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), in collaboration with the Jamaica Information Service (JIS).
Parish Co-ordinator of ODPEM, Alvin Clarke, told JIS News that the main objective of the awareness programme was to provide the schools with information on the threats of earthquakes, how to prevent injury and loss of life as well as how to be prepared in the event of a disaster.
Mr. Clarke said that the feedback from the participants was very good as the students from the various schools responded in a positive way.
“All the children responded well and participated in the various activities, but I must commend the students at the Chalky Hill All-age School. We did a drill with a selected group and I was impressed at how well those students applied what they learnt,” he said.
Future plans, he said, included carrying out some follow-up exercises with other disaster tips at the institutions, as well as conducting learning sessions in other schools in the parish.

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