JIS News

Displays on earthquake awareness are currently mounted at the St. Mary Parish Library and the St Mary Parish Council in Port Maria, in observance of January as Earthquake Awareness Month.

The display at the library is sponsored jointly by the St. Mary Disaster Committee and the St Mary Parish Library, while that at the Parish Council's is organised by the St Mary Disaster Committee.

The exhibition involves booklets, pamphlets, flyers and other reading material, providing detailed information about earthquakes, including the factors precipitating their occurrence and preparatory measures to mitigate the effects.

Speaking to the Jamaica Information Service, Yolanda Jankie, St. Mary Disaster Coordinator, said the displays will continue until the end of January, and form part of a set of events planned for Earthquake Awareness Month activities in St Mary.

The activities are being held under the theme, "When an earthquake strikes be bold drop cover and hold". Other events planned include Earthquake Awareness Day activities on Wednesday, January 12, at the Port Maria Primary School; an earthquake awareness talk, at the Emanuel Basic School in Port Maria on Thursday, January 13; and an earthquake awareness presentation and drill at Free Hill Primary School, on Friday, January 21.

A special effort has been made to include as many communities as possible as venues for the activities, and Hazard Hunts are scheduled for Richmond and Gayle on Friday January 21, as part of events associated with the activities.