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Residents of Ocho Rios and surrounding communities in St. Ann, are to benefit from a series of disaster awareness sensitization sessions, organised by the Ocho Rios Zone Disaster Preparedness Committee.
The meetings, which will begin on Wednesday (Sept. 7) in the community of Parry Town, are being held in collaboration with the Jamaica Information Service (JIS). Other targeted communities are Pimento Walk, Breadnut Hill and Mansfield Heights.
Shelter Manager and Secretary for the Committee, Marjorie Robinson, told JIS News, that among the topics that would be discussed, is shelter preparation. “As soon as some people hear about a hurricane, they just leave their homes unprepared and come straight to the shelter and this should not happen,” she said.
Noting that the shelters, whether community centres or schools, “are not houses with bedrooms”, Mrs. Robinson advised that persons going to those facilities should bring along emergency items such as blankets, sheets and food stuff to last them for at least 24 hours.
She noted also, that during a hurricane, “all important documents as well as medications should be placed in a plastic bag for safe keeping and persons should ensure that they have a flashlight and a battery operated radio so that they can still be aware of what is happening in case of a black out.”
The meeting in Parry Town is expected to begin at 7:00 p.m. and pamphlets with information on disaster preparedness will be handed out.
Mrs. Robinson is appealing to the residents in the communities, where the meetings are to be held, to come out and support the campaign, as they would be able to access valuable information, which would be of great help to them in this hurricane season.