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  • Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, says that normal operations have returned to the country and the emergency systems set up in response to the threat of Hurricane Matthew have been deactivated.
  • Minister McKenzie also reported that public transportation resumed early today and more buses will be dispatched as the day progresses.
  • Meanwhile, Mr. McKenzie informed that the Government will be donating $100,000 to a relief fund to assist Haiti, which is being impacted by Hurricane Matthew.

Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, says that normal operations have returned to the country and the emergency systems set up in response to the threat of Hurricane Matthew have been deactivated.

“The weather department (Meteorological Service) has discontinued the warnings, but we are still leaving in place certain response mechanisms, just in case it becomes necessary,” he said.

He was addressing a press briefing held today (October 4), at the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) in New Kingston.

Minister McKenzie also reported that public transportation resumed early today and more buses will be dispatched as the day progresses.

All ministries, departments and agencies will be back in full service by Wednesday (October 5).

He informed that schools that were designated as shelters, but were not utilised, will be ready for classes by Wednesday and those that are still occupied, by Friday.

The Minister commended personnel at the various agencies for responding to communities in need, and keeping the nation informed on the weather system.

Meanwhile, Mr. McKenzie informed that the Government will be donating $100,000 to a relief fund to assist Haiti, which is being impacted by Hurricane Matthew.

Head of the Met Service, Evan Thompson, told the briefing that Jamaica is no longer at threat of tropical storm-force winds, as Hurricane Matthew continues to move away from the island and weather conditions improve.

He noted that had the storm hit Jamaica, based on its force, the impact would have been catastrophic.