West­ern parishes ready for hur­ri­cane

Jamaica Gleaner - - ACROSS THE NATION - Christo­pher Thomas Gleaner Writer

WEST­ERN BU­REAU: DIS­AS­TER CO­OR­DI­NA­TORS in west­ern Ja­maica are re­port­ing that the five parishes in that re­gion are ready for Hur­ri­cane Matthew should it make land­fall in Ja­maica.

When The Gleaner con­tacted the co­or­di­na­tors in St James, Trelawny, West­more­land, Hanover, and St El­iz­a­beth, they pointed out that shel­ter man­agers across the parishes have been put on alert, com­mu­nity vol­un­teers were on standby to ren­der as­sis­tance, and the var­i­ous dis­as­ter-re­lief agen­cies were ready.

Up to press time, the hur­ri­cane was a ma­jor cat­e­gory four sys­tem.

DIS­AS­TER RES­I­DENT GROUPS

Clau­dine Forbes, dis­as­ter co­or­di­na­tor for St El­iz­a­beth, said: “We have com­mu­nity dis­as­ter res­i­dent groups that have been placed on alert and they are equipped to deal with cer­tain cir­cum­stances, and if not, to call in to the Emer­gency Op­er­a­tions Cen­tre for as­sis­tance.”

Dis­as­ter co­or­di­na­tors in St James, Hanover and Trelawny gave the as­sur­ance that their re­spec­tive parish drains had been cleaned ahead of the hur­ri­cane.

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