Gov’t gets high praises for storm prepa­ra­tion

Jamaica Gleaner - - ENTERTAINMENT -

AT LEAST two pri­vate-sec­tor groups have ap­plauded the ef­forts of the Govern­ment and other state bod­ies for their co­or­di­nated, prompt and ef­fi­cient re­sponse to the threats posed last week from Hur­ri­cane Matthew.

The Ja­maica Man­u­fac­turer’s As­so­ci­a­tion (JMA) hailed the ad­min­is­tra­tion, the Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Ser­vice of Ja­maica and de­part­ments of govern­ment who led prepa­ra­tions for what was ex­pected to be the on­slaught of the Cat­e­gory Four hur­ri­cane on Ja­maica.

“The ac­tions of the na­tional dis­as­ter re­sponse team were de­ci­sive and in­spired con­fi­dence in the level of Ja­maica’s pre­pared­ness. The JMA is dis­tinctly pleased by the highly ef­fec­tive pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sures that were put in place for a hur­ri­cane the mag­ni­tude of Matthew,” the as­so­ci­a­tion de­clared.

At the same time, Den­nis Chung, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of the Pri­vate Sec­tor Or­gan­i­sa­tion of Ja­maica, said the pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion ex­er­cise “was good, with con­stant in­for­ma­tion be­ing given to the na­tion” as the storm ap­proached Ja­maica.


“I think they did very well, given the lim­ited re­sources and the time and the chal­lenges they had to deal with in terms of in­fra­struc­ture,” he added.

Chung, who is also chair­man of the Na­tional Solid Waste Man­age­ment Au­thor­ity (NSWMA), said he re­ceived con­stant up­dates from the NSWMA over the week­end “and they were on top of ev­ery­thing in terms of clear­ing back­log, po­si­tion­ing CEO of the Pri­vate Sec­tor Or­gan­i­sa­tion of Ja­maica, Den­nis Chung. the trucks to the ar­eas that would be most af­fected”.

The JMA also com­mended the Govern­ment and other agen­cies for ef­fec­tively com­mu­ni­cat­ing crit­i­cal in­for­ma­tion to the pub­lic. “This ap­proach to pre­par­ing and re­spond­ing to the po­ten­tial dis­as­ter pre­sents an im­por­tant model for build­ing re­silience in the event of other nat­u­ral dis­as­ters and calami­ties,” the pri­vate-sec­tor body stated.


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