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  • The Government will be providing an update on the performance of the disaster preparedness agencies, following the recent passage of Hurricane Matthew to the east of Jamaica.
  • Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, speaking at a press briefing at the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) on October 4, said that “after the dust has settled and we have been fully briefed, a full update will be given to the country”.

The Government will be providing an update on the performance of the disaster preparedness agencies, following the recent passage of Hurricane Matthew to the east of Jamaica.

An assessment of the processes will also be done and adjustments made for greater efficiency.

Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, speaking at a press briefing at the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) on October 4, said that “after the dust has settled and we have been fully briefed, a full update will be given to the country”.

He said the Government is very grateful that the country was spared, as the hurricane’s impact would have disrupted the course of the Government’s economic recovery programme.

“The growth agenda of the country is of utmost importance, and the Government is very close in cementing and improving the economy of Jamaica,” he pointed out.

Mr. McKenzie said the only two financial advances made for the preparation was $1 million to each Member of Parliament from the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) and a sum from the

Parish Council’s Parochial Revenue Fund, which are monies that would have otherwise been allocated on a monthly basis.

He further outlined that the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA) used private trucks to assist in the preparation efforts and the items used at the shelters were items already in storage at ODPEM.

In the meantime, Mr. McKenzie said that most of the damaged roads already fall under the programme for reconstruction, citing Hagley Park Road, which is to be widened, as well as Constant Spring Road.