JIS News

Representatives of 10 Jamaican organisations in Washington, D.C., in the U.S.A, Baltimore, Virginia and Philadelphia, met on August 30, to discuss assistance, in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Gustav, which affected Jamaica on August 29.
The meeting was called by Ambassador to the United States, Anthony Johnson, to update the various representatives on the situation in Jamaica and what help can be offered.
Ambassador Johnson offered to co-ordinate the efforts and noted that the Embassy would serve as the central co-ordination point. He also informed the meeting that a bank account would be opened, where donations could be sent.
The Ambassador said he was awaiting word from the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), as it relates to the areas of need.
He also informed the representatives, that the Embassy would explore the possibility of setting up a Disaster Relief Management Unit, to help the country in times of need.