The “Hazards Handy Manual” launch ceremony was held at the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) on February 25 with the participation of the Honorable Noel Arscott, Minister of Local Government and Community Development, His Excellency Yasuo Takase, Ambassador of Japan to Jamaica and other distinguished guests.
The ODPEM launched the Manual in keeping with its mission of improving the culture of Disaster Risk Reduction throughout the population.
While the Hazards Handy Manual is intended for the general public, it is also expected to assist all stakeholders involved in Disaster Risk Management. Through easily understood explanations and illustrations, the mechanism of hazards, evacuation tips and other information are made clear to reduce loss of life and property.
A Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) senior volunteer for ODPEM was integral in the conceptualization and development of the Manual. Furthermore, we sincerely thank the JICA Jamaica Office for their technical and financial support. The ODPEM also appreciates the consultative efforts of the following stakeholders in enhancing the contents of this manual; the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development, Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), Water Resources Authority (WRA), National Works Agency (NWA), Mines and Geology Division (MGD), Disaster Risk Reduction Centre at the UWI (DRRC) and Earthquake Unit.
The ODPEM has launched a FUND by selling these Hazard Handy Manuals with the catch phrase “For the cost of one meal we can save many lives”. A part of the proceeds will be used to assist vulnerable persons island wide.
The Manual will be available for sale at workshops, conferences, public education & awareness campaigns etc. Interested persons may contact:
Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM)
2-4 Haining Road, Kingston 5, Jamaica, Tel: 906-9674-5, Fax: 754-3229
1. Outline of the Hazards Handy Manual
2. Posters of the Manual
3. Outline of the FUND
4. Proposed Distribution Flow of the Manual