Hol­ness praises dis­as­ter pre­pared­ness of­fi­cials

Jamaica Gleaner - - MAPPING MATTHEW -

PRIME MIN­IS­TER An­drew Hol­ness yes­ter­day ex­pressed “pro­found gratitude” to dis­as­ter pre­pared­ness of­fi­cials and all Ja­maicans for their readi­ness and re­sponse as the coun­try braced for a pos­si­ble im­pact from Hur­ri­cane Matthew.

Ja­maica was placed on high alert as the Cat­e­gory Four hur­ri­cane moved men­ac­ingly to­wards the is­land.

Hol­ness said gov­ern­ment min­istries, agen­cies, the pri­vate sec­tor, the Church and other vol­un­teer groups worked tire­lessly to pre­pare the coun­try for im­pend­ing dis­as­ter.

All shel­ters were ac­ti­vated as the Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Ser­vice of Ja­maica and dis­as­ter of­fi­cials pro­vided the na­tion with con­stant up­dates on the move­ment of Hur­ri­cane Matthew.

“I am pleased by the level of com­mit­ment, prepa­ra­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion by all those in­volved. I want to thank ev­ery­one for an­swer­ing the call to duty,” he said.

The prime min­is­ter pointed out that even though Ja­maica was min­i­mally im­pacted by Hur­ri­cane Matthew, the neigh­bour­ing coun­tries of Haiti, Cuba, and the Ba­hamas were yes­ter­day un­der se­vere threat.

“We pray for our Caribbean neigh­bours and hope that they will make a speedy re­cov­ery. We stand ready to as­sist in what­ever way we can, es­pe­cially Haiti, which is cur­rently ex­pe­ri­enc­ing the brunt of the storm.”


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