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  • The Ministry of Local Government and Community Development is concentrating its efforts on making more communities disaster resilient.
  • Projects that were undertaken by the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) to mitigate the impact of disasters.
  • They include the establishment of 27 CERTs in communities island-wide under the Building Disaster Resilient Rural Communities and Livelihoods Project.

The Ministry of Local Government and Community Development is concentrating its efforts on making more communities disaster resilient, in order to reduce the impact of adverse weather conditions, and foster sustainable growth and development.

Portfolio Minister, Hon. Noel Arscott, in his contribution to the 2014/15 Sectoral debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday, June 17, highlighted projects that were undertaken by the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) to mitigate the impact of disasters.

They include the establishment of 27 Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) in communities island-wide under the Building Disaster Resilient Rural Communities and Livelihoods Project.

“Communities such as Asia, Flagaman, White House, Pisgah and Devon benefitted from this project,” Mr. Arscott said.

Also 16 community hazard maps were completed as part of the community resilience programme for St. Thomas, Manchester, St. Elizabeth, and Westmoreland under the Negril Climate Risk Project and Jamaica Social Investment Fund Resilience Project.

Mr. Arscott also mentioned that 11 Community Disaster Risk Management groups were established under the HELP AGE Project and the Building Disaster Resilient Rural Communities and Livelihood project in the parishes of St Mary, and Portland.

Major drain rehabilitation work was also carried out in Skibo, Portland, funded by the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA).

Also undertaken was the World Bank-funded tyre-soil retaining wall project in Melbrook Heights, St Andrew under the Management of Slope Stability in Communities (MOSSAIC) Project.

Annotto Bay in St. Mary benefitted from a multi-hazard mapping risk assessment, which will assist stakeholders in deciding the best approach to address their vulnerability to flooding, earthquake, and storm surge.