Category: Disasters

Jamaica and the Caribbean’s Tsunami History

What are tsunamis? Tsunamis are a series of waves generated in the sea by sudden vertical displacements of a column of seawater. They come in all sizes from less than 1cm to tens of metres. An earthquake must have a magnitude of

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What is a Flash Flood, Flash Flood Watch and Flash Flood Warning?

You’ve heard the terms on the news or on announcements made on media: flash-flood warning for certain parishes, or flash flood watch. In Jamaica, these announcements are directives from the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), or the

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How Jamaicans Can Help Hurricane Irma Victims in the Caribbean

Local Government Minister Desmond McKenzie has announced the setting up of the ‘Jamaica Irma Relief Fund’ at the National Commercial Bank to which people can contribute to provide financial assistance to Jamaica’s Caribbean neighbours who were ravaged by the Category

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From ‘Poison Flour’ to ‘Plastic Rice’

‘Plastic Rice’ On the cusp of Christmas and the end of 2016, Jamaicans had a mild panic attack about the possibility of ‘plastic rice’ circulating on local markets. This led to the Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA) temporarily ceasing the clearance

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Advice from Jamaican Entrepreneurs: Jovan Evans

Name: Jovan Evans Age: 34 Name of business: AquaFlow Products & Services Ltd. Your job title: Product Developer Age at which you started your business: 33  What do you think is the most important character trait in a successful entrepreneur? Being resilient: thriving when

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Jamaica’s Hurricane History: A Timeline

Annually, the hurricane season lasts from June to November. Jamaica, along with several other Caribbean islands and mainland territories, falls into what is commonly understood to be the Atlantic hurricane belt, meaning that these countries often experience the effects of

The 5 Big BE’s for Emergencies

The hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30. Jamaica has seen its fair share of storms. Most persons will remember Hurricane Gilbert in 1988, Ivan in 2004, Sandy in 2012, and Matthew in 2016. Yet each year, persons

Disaster Preparedness Month: In Case Of Fire

According to the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), a fire is the destructive burning of material that produces light, flame, heat and smoke. The menace of fire as a potential disaster is with us every day. Most

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