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  • The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) is advising that Tropical Storm Erika, though not a direct threat to Jamaica, could impact the island producing intermittent rainfall.
  • Parish Disaster Committees and Emergency Responders will continue monitor the situation, should it become necessary to respond.
  • ERIKA IS NOT A THREAT TO JAMAICA

The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) is advising that Tropical Storm Erika, though not a direct threat to Jamaica, could impact the island producing intermittent rainfall. Information from the National Meteorological Center indicates a projection for weekend rains with the possibility of Flash Flooding. Tropical Storm Erika is now located south-southeast of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic and is moving toward the west-northwestward. On its forecast track, the centre of Erika is expected to move well north of Jamaica by Saturday morning; however, rainfall associated with the storm is still expected to affect the island within the next 24-36 hours.

Parish Disaster Committees and Emergency Responders will continue monitor the situation, should it become necessary to respond.

Before a flood:

  • If told to evacuate move out of the house or building to a safe, high ground.
  • Turn off all utilities at main switch if evacuation is necessary. Do not touch any electrical equipment unless it is in a dry area or you are standing on piece of dry wood with rubber footwear and gloves.
  • Wrap all important personal items, family documents electrical appliances, pictures and wall hangings in plastic bags.
  •  Avoid already flooded areas. Do not attempt to cross any stretch of floodwaters on foot if water is above your knees.
  • DO NOT drive where water is over roads as under those floodwaters the road could already be washed away and rapidly rising water could lift the car and carry it away.
  • Do not go sightseeing in flooded areas.

After a flood:

  • Listen to the radio for instructions.
  • Begin clean up as soon as possible. Throw out any perishable foods. They may be contaminated.
  • Shovel out mud while it is still moist and dry rugs and carpets thoroughly.
  • Boil and store drinking water.
  • Keep garbage tightly sealed.
  • Cover and protect food.
  • Prevent mosquito breeding by punching holes in all containers in which water can settle.
  • Keep garbage tightly sealed.
  • Do not walk barefooted outside, during or after a flood. Wear water boots or shoes.

 

ERIKA IS NOT A THREAT TO JAMAICA