Category: Hurricane Preparedness Week

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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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

Hurricane Preparedness Week – 9 Facts About Hurricanes

Countries on this side of the world have been dealing with tropical storms and hurricanes for centuries, with perhaps the first report coming from Christopher Columbus, who encountered one near the isle of Hispaniola (Dominican Republic and Haiti) in 1495. Here are

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Hurricane Preparedness Week – The Costliest Storm In Jamaica’s History

Hurricane Ivan (2004) did extensive damage to Jamaica’s infrastructure, even though it didn’t make direct contact. Here is a breakdown of the costs, using statistics from the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ). Read more Hurricanes And The IMF That Day

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Hurricane Preparedness Week – Retired Storm Names

We’re currently in the middle of Hurricane Preparedness Week, and we started off by looking at how the storms are named. We also found out that a name is retired when the storm is so deadly or costly that future use

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Hurricane Preparedness Week: Naming The Storms

Some names strike fear into the hearts of people whenever they are mentioned, such as Charlie, Gilbert, Ivan and Sandy. They are innocuous on the surface, but many Jamaicans will recall with a shudder just how hurricanes bearing these names left

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