Remain alert even as hurricane season ends, says official

Remain alert even as hurricane season ends, says official

Thursday, December 05, 2019

Print this page Email A Friend!


DIRECTOR of the Meteorological Service of Jamaica Evan Thompson says that although the 2019 Atlantic Hurricane season has officially ended, Jamaicans should always be in a state of readiness and preparedness to deal with weather events.

He said this is crucial as climate change has resulted in adverse weather conditions occurring even outside of the hurricane season, which traditionally runs from June 1 to November 30.

He implored Jamaicans not to let down their guard even though the island has not been impacted by a hurricane in several years.

“We have to be alert and responsible all the time, whether or not we feel that the risk or threat is imminent. When we go past a difficult hurricane season and when we move now into the next six months, our posture needs to be that we are going to always prepare ourselves,” Thompson said.

He was speaking at a ceremony to mark the closing out of the 2019 hurricane season at the Ministry of Labour and Social Security's Heroes' Circle offices in Kingston on Tuesday.

Permanent secretary in the Ministry of Labour and Social Security Colette Roberts-Risden said the ministry plays a critical role in the national disaster response mechanism, providing support for families affected by natural and man-made events.

She noted that assistance is undertaken through the rehabilitation programme of the ministry, which has the mandate of aiding the most vulnerable in society by delivering quick response in emergency situations.

This, she said, is usually done through emergency grants, food items, sanitation support, among other things.

The closing-out ceremony, held under the theme 'It's a Disaster Affair: A Strategy to Avoid Tragedy', was geared towards sensitisation and dissemination of information related to disasters.


Now you can read the Jamaica Observer ePaper anytime, anywhere. The Jamaica Observer ePaper is available to you at home or at work, and is the same edition as the printed copy available at http://bit.ly/epaperlive


ADVERTISEMENT




POST A COMMENT

HOUSE RULES

1. We welcome reader comments on the top stories of the day. Some comments may be republished on the website or in the newspaper � email addresses will not be published.

2. Please understand that comments are moderated and it is not always possible to publish all that have been submitted. We will, however, try to publish comments that are representative of all received.

3. We ask that comments are civil and free of libellous or hateful material. Also please stick to the topic under discussion.

4. Please do not write in block capitals since this makes your comment hard to read.

5. Please don't use the comments to advertise. However, our advertising department can be more than accommodating if emailed: advertising@jamaicaobserver.com.

6. If readers wish to report offensive comments, suggest a correction or share a story then please email: community@jamaicaobserver.com.

7. Lastly, read our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy



comments powered by Disqus
ADVERTISEMENT

Poll

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Today's Cartoon

Click image to view full size editorial cartoon
ADVERTISEMENT