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The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) is leading Jamaica’s response to Haiti’s earthquake disaster of January 12.
The Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) will transport supplies to the Haitian Capital departing at midnight January 13 and will serve as a base for the Prime Minister’s visit tomorrow (Jan 14) and medical support thereafter. The ship will contain relief supplies provided by ODPEM.
ODPEM has opened pledge lines to garner gifts from the public. The numbers are 906-9674/5 and 754-9907/8. A bank account has also been opened to receive cash donations. The account number is NCB 212 3 87 304. Donations can be made to any branch of NCB.
The Ministry of Health has pledged to provide medical care for staff of the United Nations stationed in Haiti. Medical practitioners will depart Jamaica on Friday, January 15 to provide medical care, public health services and also to take some supplies of medication, tinned food and water.
The private sector has also been supporting the Government through pledges and donations of goods. The companies include Digicel, the Jamaica Biscuit Company, Courts Jamaica, Grace Kennedy, Wysnco, Lasco, National Continental Bakery, T Geddes Grant, Mussons, Pepsi, Price Smart and several others.