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Director General of the office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), Ronald Jackson says that his office is in discussion with cellular phone and subscriber television (STV/cable) licensees about informing their customers of impending disasters by posting ODPEM bulletins.
At a meeting with of the multi- agency National Disaster Committee at Jamaica House yesterday, Prime Minister Bruce Golding was informed that amendments to the relevant legislation were being drafted, but at the present time, co-operation was being pursued. Mr. Jackson advised that licensees were being urged to publicise emergency bulletins by using television crawlers and text messaging.
ODPEM has additionally placed two-way radios as communication redundancy infrastructure in five parish councils and in several emergency centres, such as schools that serve disaster-prone communities.
Prime Minister Bruce Golding Chairs the National Disaster Committee. The National telecommunication carriers and cable providers are members.