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As Tropical Storm Ernesto approaches, Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller this afternoon (Friday, August 25) convened a meeting of the National Response Team, at Jamaica House. On its present course the storm could affect the island by late Sunday afternoon (August 27).
Following a briefing from the National Meteorological Service, and ODPEM, the Prime Minister has issued the following statement:
“The National Meteorological Service has put the country on storm watch, which could be upgraded to a warning by some time tomorrow afternoon. I am urging everyone to listen to the bulletins and to take them seriously.
Begin to take all necessary precautionary measures as advised by the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM). I know that some of you do not take warnings seriously, as you feel, we will escape. My advice particularly to those living in flood-prone areas is to follow the instructions of ODPEM, and the other authorities.
If you delay, it may be too late for the emergency crews to reach you, to save your life. Remember, they too are human beings, with families.I urge all of you to listen to the bulletins on Tropical Storm Ernesto, issued by the Met office, and let us together save lives and properties.”
Among the agencies in attendance were the Jamaica Constabulary Force; the fire service; the National Solid Waste Management Authority; the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM); telecommunications providers; non governmental organizations; and utility services.