JIS News

As Jamaica recuperates from the heavy rains associated with Hurricane Wilma, the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) is continuing to carry out its relief efforts islandwide.
Speaking at an emergency meeting of the Disaster Preparedness Committee last week, Director General of the ODPEM, Dr. Barbara Carby said foam pads, blankets, and utensils have been sent to the 11 shelters, which were in operation at the time. Meanwhile officers of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, delivered food supplies, bedding and other emergency items to the shelters, as well as to needy persons. Several of the shelters were also provided with stoves, and food items to enable cooking.
Food and emergency supplies was taken to isolated and affected areas with airlifting of such items to the communities of: Westphalia, David Hill/Hall’s Delight, Tower Hill, Content Gap, Landewey/Orange/Gordon Castle.
Dr. Carby informed that up to Wednesday more than 300 persons were housed in shelters across the country. The shelters included the HEART Academy, Gwen Neal Basic School in Central Village, Church of God of Prophecy in Fraser’s Content, Old Harbour High and Spanish Town Primary Schools in St. Catherine; Whitehall Community Centre, St. Benedict’s Primary, Edith Dalton James High and Dunrobin Primary Schools in Kingston, and a shelter at Halse Hall in Clarendon. In the parish of Clarendon, which was inundated with rising floodwaters, the Director General said as a result of this extreme flooding, an air evacuation was organised with the air wing of the Jamaica Defence Force to remove the affected persons in that parish.