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  • As extinguishing and cooling down operations continue at the Riverton City Disposal Site, the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) is reminding persons that there could be periodic increases in smoke levels across sections of the Corporate Area and St. Catherine.
  • All health centres in Kingston and St. Andrew as well as St. Catherine continue to provide extended services to residents in and around the affected communities.
  • Continued personal protection is recommended, until normal environmental conditions have been restored.

As extinguishing and cooling down operations continue at the Riverton City Disposal Site, the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) is reminding persons that there could be periodic increases in smoke levels across sections of the Corporate Area and St. Catherine.

Steady progress continues to be realised as the Jamaica Fire Brigade maintains 24-hour operations with the sustained presence of heavy duty equipment, fire units and fire fighting personnel.

All health centres in Kingston and St. Andrew as well as St. Catherine continue to provide extended services to residents in and around the affected communities.  Health facilities are also reporting adequate supplies to respond to the increased demand that may be brought on by the prevailing smoke nuisance.

Continued personal protection is recommended, until normal environmental conditions have been restored.

Tips for Protecting Yourself

  • Avoid undue exposure to the smoke by closing windows and doors.
  • Use a clean wet rag to cover your nose and mouth to minimise the effects of the smoke.
  • The elderly, children and those with respiratory issues should take particular precaution against smoke exposure.