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Minimise Further Problems

 Stay off the streets. Keep them clear for the passage of emergency vehicles and equipment.

  • Do not use the telephone unless there is an emergency.
  • Do not flush toilets until water and sewage lines have been checked for damage and blockages.
  • Stay away from beaches and waterfront areas, as tsunamis are likely to occur after an earthquake.
  • Stay away from earthquake damaged buildings, as they may fall during an aftershock.
  • Stay away from steep or landslide-prone areas.


Food and Water

 If electrical power is off, use the foods in your refrigerator or freezer before they are spoiled.

  • Do not consume foods that are stored in open containers, as shattered glass and other debris may have fallen into them.
  • If glass and other debris get into stored drinking water, strain the liquid through a clean cloth, such as a handkerchief, before drinking.
  • Use coal stoves or barbeques for emergency cooking.
  • Use water heaters, canned fruits and vegetables, and melted ice cubes as emergency sources of drinking water.


Be in Communication

 Listen to your radio for safety advisories and other relevant information.

  • Co-operate with all public safety and relief organisations.
  • Send information about the earthquake and aftershocks to the Earthquake Unit of the University of the West Indies and the Mines and Geology Division to help earth scientists understand earthquakes better.


For more information, contact:


Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM)

2-4 Haining Road

Kingston 5, Jamaica, W I

Tel: (876) 906-9674-5 or (876) 754-9077-8

Toll Free: 1-888-225-5637


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