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  • The ODPEM has received reports from the Meteorological Service that a HURRICANE WARNING is now in effect for Jamaica. It is projected that Hurricane Matthew will continue to move across the central Caribbean and is projected to move towards Jamaica within the next 24-36 hours.
  • The hurricane is expected to affect Jamaica by Monday, October 3, 2016, producing a combination of dangerously high water and exceptionally high waves.
  • For further information you can contact the National Emergency Operation Centre (NEOC), by calling 906-9674-5 or 754- 9077-8.

The ODPEM has received reports from the Meteorological Service that a HURRICANE WARNING
is now in effect for Jamaica. It is projected that Hurricane Matthew will continue to move across the central Caribbean and is projected to move towards Jamaica within the next 24-36 hours.
The hurricane is expected to affect Jamaica by Monday, October 3, 2016, producing a combination of dangerously high water and exceptionally high waves.
The Office of Disaster Preparedness & Emergency Management (ODPEM) has now moved the
activation of the National Emergency Operation Centre to level 2. The highest level of activation is
Level 3 which will commence tomorrow. (October 2, 2016)
The NEOC is the designated administrative hub for disaster or emergency response; it is therefore the “nerve centre” for Disaster response and recovery services.

Level 1: Monitoring Phase > ODPEM staff
Level 2: Preparedness Phase > ODPEM, select first responders
Level 3: Full Response Phase ODPEM, first responders and support agencies
The ODPEM urges Jamaicans to take heed and make sure they are adequately prepared for the
possible effects of Hurricane Matthew and is advising residents living in flood-prone areas to
evacuate as soon as possible.
The ODPEM is advising the public to take the following precautions during the passage of
Hurricane Matthew.

  1. Check that the galvanized or zinc sheeting on the roof of your house is properly
    fastened, check hurricane shutters, hooks, latches and repair where necessary.
  2. Keep in stock extra plastic bags and sheets of plastic to prevent important documents,
    paintings, equipment and furniture from getting wet.
  3. Trim trees that touch power lines or hang over buildings.
  4. Make sure that emergency cooking facilities such as coal stoves are in good working
    condition.
  5. Store extra food, especially things that can be eaten without cooking or which need
    very little preparation.
  6. Have emergency supplies in your home to include water boots, raincoats, flashlights,
    batteries, portable radio, kerosene lamps, matches and the necessary medical supplies.
    For further information you can contact the National Emergency Operation Centre (NEOC), by calling 906-9674-5 or 754- 9077-8.