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Parish Disaster Co-ordinator for St. Elizabeth, Yvonne Morrison has urged Jamaicans to be prepared for natural disasters such as hurricanes and earthquakes, to mitigate loss of life and property.
Ms. Morrison, who was speaking to JIS News recently, said that in preparing for earthquakes, persons should have on hand, emergency kits at home, work or school and also practise earthquake drills. “A survey should be conducted to identify things that could fall and cause injury. during the earthquake try to remain calm, if you are inside stay there and get under a study desk or table ensuring that your body is covered,” she advised.
The Parish Disaster Co-ordinator said that once the earth tremors had subsided, there should not be a “mad rush” to the exit as this could lead to a stampede. “If you are outside stay there and avoid hazards that can cause injury. If in a vehicle drive away from bridges and be prepared for aftershocks,” she said.
Turning to flooding, Ms. Morrison said that persons living in flood prone areas should have an emergency plan and know where their emergency shelters are located. “Untie domestic animals and drive to higher ground.during a flood listen to your radios for emergency information, elevate appliances and furniture, shut off electricity at the fuse panel and evacuate early before escape routes become impassable,” she said.
Persons needing additional information may contact the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management.