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ODPEM Equipping Communities to Respond During Disasters

The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), through its Emergency Affiliated Radio Services (EARS) programme, is ensuring that communities, particularly remote areas, can adequately communicate before, during and after a disaster. As part of the process, 58 community emergency volunteers, from various parishes, were recently trained to become…

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$14 Million to Protect Coastal Areas in Negril

The Government has allocated $14.3 million in the 2014/2015 Budget to protect a number of coastal communities in Negril from flooding and other natural disasters. The project, to be managed by the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo), will enable persons to protect their livelihoods and food security, as improvement to…

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Head of ODPEM says Regional Countries can help each other

Director General of the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), Ronald Jackson, says countries in the region can help with building each other’s disaster management capabilities. “More and more, we are recognising that we can share the capacities within our various member states towards the development of each…

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Govt to Make Rainwater Harvesting Mandatory for Housing Projects

It will soon be mandatory for all housing developments to have provisions facilitating rain water harvesting whether or not they are connected to a central water supply system. Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change Minister, Hon. Robert Pickersgill, who made the disclosure yesterday (Nov. 8), said that the National Rainwater…

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