Category: hurricane season

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

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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

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Disaster Preparedness Month: In Case Of Flood

According to the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), a flood is the most common natural hazard in causing loss of life, human suffering, inconvenience, widespread damage to buildings, structures, crop, infrastructure, and other national assets. Severe weather conditions

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The Aftermath: Hurricane Sandy – 2012

This was the front page of The Gleaner on October 26, 2012, two days after Hurricane Sandy struck Jamaica. It was the first hurricane to make landfall on the island since Hurricane Gilbert in 1988. (Click on the image to enlarge.)

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The Aftermath: Hurricane Dean – 2007

This was the front page of The Gleaner on August 20, 2007, a day after Hurricane Dean ravaged sections of the island, leaving so much destruction in its wake that the government had to declare a two-day state of emergency. (Click on

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The Aftermath: Tropical Storm Nicole – 2010

This was the front page of The Gleaner on October 1, 2010, two days after Tropical Storm Nicole ravaged sections of the island, leaving a trail of destruction and death in its wake. (Click on the image to enlarge.) We have now

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The Aftermath: Tropical Storm Gustav – 2008

This was the front page of The Gleaner on August 30, 2008, two days after Tropical Storm Gustav dumped heavy rains on the eastern parishes of Jamaica, killing 15 people and causing major flooding, leaving several communities in shambles. (Click on the

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12 Hurricane Preparation Tips

Hurricane season is upon us and Jamaicans are once again being urged to get into preparation mode. It is not uncommon for many Jamaicans to find themselves caught off guard as a hurricane or tropical storm approaches and we are

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