Office Of Disaster Preparedness And Emergency Management (ODPEM)


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    The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management is committed to taking pro-active and timely measures to prevent or reduce the impact of hazards on Jamaica, its people, natural resources and economy through its trained and professional staff, the use of appropriate technology and collaborative efforts with national, regional and international agencies.

     The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) is the agency of the Government of Jamaica responsible for:

    1. Taking actions to reduce the impact of disasters and emergencies on the Jamaican population and economy, as the country is known to be vulnerable to various hazards such as hurricanes, earthquakes and floods among others.

    2. Coordinating emergency and relief operations in major events.

    3. Create and maintain contingency plans at national, parish and local levels.

    4. Promote public awareness of disaster threats and appropriate response monitor the effectiveness of the hazards mitigation strategies, which are an integral part of the physical and economic planning system.

    5. Establish an emergency operating system, supported by appropriate communication facilities.

    6. Coordinate emergency response when major events occur.