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The St. Mary Parish Council has been activating its parish disaster plan to accommodate Haitians who might seek refuge in the parish, in the wake of the devastation caused by an earthquake in that country on January 12.
Secretary/Manager of the St. Mary Parish Council, Miss Ethlyn Douglas, told JIS News that the plan was discussed fully at a recent meeting of the St. Mary Disaster Committee, and the necessary arrangements have been made with respect to possible accommodation, security and the provision of health care in the event of the arrival of any Haitian refugee in the parish.
She noted that the Committee was fully mobilised to deal with any influx of Haitians which may occur, adding that among the organisations which will be playing a critical role in that eventuality will be the St. Mary Health Department, the Police, the St. Mary Parish Council and the Jamaica Defence Force.
Miss Douglas said arrangements have also been made in respect of registration, transportation and food provision, adding that notices have been placed along beaches and major towns in the parish, advising the people of the parish about where they should give any information they may have about any arrival of Haitians in the parish.
She said that the St. Mary Parish Council was in deep sympathy with the Haitian people over the plight and adversity with which they are confronted, and pointed out that its Port Maria office has been designated a collection centre for persons wishing to donate to the Haitian relief assistance initiative.
Miss Douglas said people have been donating generously to the initiative, and that four barrels of assorted goods have already been received.