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  • The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) continues to support the efforts of the Jamaica Fire Brigade in the extinguishing of the Riverton fire.
  • Additional resources have been acquired to aid in the cooling down operations and steady progress is being made.
  • The public is advised that as these operations persist, the surrounding communities of the Riverton Disposal Site may continue to experience some smoke cover.

The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) continues to support the efforts of the Jamaica Fire Brigade in the extinguishing of the Riverton fire.

Additional resources have been acquired to aid in the cooling down operations and steady progress is being made.

The public is advised that as these operations persist, the surrounding communities of the Riverton Disposal Site may continue to experience some smoke cover. The ODPEM is therefore urging persons to take the necessary precautions to safeguard good health and safety.

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.

School administrations and businesses are also still being advised to exercise discretion.

The ODPEM will continue to monitor the situation and necessary updates will be provided.

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  not expose themselves to the smoke.