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ODPEM places emergency workers on standby for TS Harvey

Saturday, August 19, 2017

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) has advised all entities to be on full alert and all emergency workers, responders and other essential staff to be on standby as Tropical Storm Harvey passes Jamaica.

The Meteorological (Met) Service of Jamaica has reported that although Harvey is forecast to pass south of Jamaica, the island is expected to experience cloudy conditions with showers and thunderstorms mainly on Sunday and Monday.

ODPEM is appealing to citizens to take the necessary precautions during the next 48 hours as the island is expected to experience windy conditions over mainly southern parishes on Sunday through Monday.

Marine interests, especially small craft operators who are in-port are advised not to venture out. Those on the cays and banks south of Jamaica are advised to remain in safe harbour and exercise extreme caution as Tropical Storm Harvey traverses the waters south of Jamaica.

The Met Service and the ODPEM continue to monitor the situation and will provide timely updates.

Flood Safety Tips

 Be ready to evacuate if you live in low-lying or flood-prone areas.

 Decide on likely evacuation routes now.

 Avoid flooded waterways, i.e. Fords, gullies, streams or rivers, either on foot or in vehicles.

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