JIS News

Students from schools in the parishes of St. Ann and St. Mary showcased their talents, while sensitising persons about disasters, at the Disaster Preparedness Day for Schools Cultural Exchange held on Friday (June 4) at the St. Mary Parish Church Hall in Port Maria.
The event, organised by the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), was part of activities in observance of June as Disaster Preparedness Month under the theme: ‘Disaster Preparedness – Be in the know, don’t just go with the flow’.
The students, from primary and secondary schools, used the mediums of dance, drama, song and poetry, to highlight Jamaica’s vulnerability to particular natural and man-made hazards.
ODPEM Training Manager, Sheryl Nichols, told JIS News that the event had achieved its objective in terms of engaging the youth in disaster preparedness and management.
She expressed confidence that the students will continue to play a pivotal role in their communities by educating persons about the importance of putting measures in place to mitigate the effects of disasters.
Stating that the performances were of a high standard and the pieces were very effective in bringing out the need for preparedness.