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Press Release # 1 Issued on: Sunday September 24, 2017 at 6:50 p.m. “Evacuation of Jamaican Nationals from the British Virgin Islands”

The Office of Disaster Preparedness & Emergency Management (ODPEM) coordinated flights from the British Virgin Islands (BVI) for Jamaican Nationals who have requested to return home due to the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma and Maria. The mission was made possible by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Ministry of Labour and Social Security (MLSS), Passport Immigration & Citizenship Agency (PICA), the Register General Department (RGD) and the Jamaica Customs Agency.
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Public Service Announcement # 1 Issued on: Monday September 18, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.

JAMAICAN NATIONALS RETURN HOME AFTER THE DEVASTATION The Office of Disaster Preparedness & Emergency Management is announcing the evacuation plans for our Jamaican Nationals from countries impacted by Irma. The aftermath of Irma left some of our Jamaican nationals in impacted stated wanting to return home. The Government of Jamaican (GOJ) formulated plans to assist Jamaicans wishing to leave the British Virgin Islands (BVI).
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Press Release # 2 Issued on: Tuesday September 5, 2017 at 3:30 p.m.

HURRICANE IRMA As we move into the typically more active period of the Hurricane Season, we are now aware of the existence of Hurricane IRMA and Tropical Storm JOSE Hurricane IRMA is expected to start impacting some islands of the Lesser Antilles on Tuesday evening into Wednesday.
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Press Release #1 Issued on: Monday September 4, 2017 at 4:30 p.m.

Tracking Hurricane Irma The Office of Disaster Preparedness & Emergency Management (ODPEM) and the Meteorological Service of Jamaica continue to watch the development of Hurricane Irma. On the forecast track, the center of Irma will move closer to the Leeward Islands through Tuesday and then be near the northern Leeward Islands Tuesday night. Maximum sustained winds are near 185 km/h with higher gusts. Some strengthening is forecast on Tuesday.
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Press Release # 2 Issued on: Friday August 18, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.

A Tropical Wave moves across the island today increasing the likelihood of periods of showers and isolated thunderstorms across most parishes especially this afternoon into Saturday.
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Press Release # 1 Issued on: Friday August 18, 2017 at 9:00 a.m.

The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management and the Meteorological Service of Jamaica continue to watch the development of Tropical Storm HARVEY.
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Press Release # 2 Issued on: Tuesday May 16, 2017 at 7:00 am.

FLASH FLOOD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR SOUTHERN AND NORTHEASTERN PARISHES
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Press Release # 1 Issued on: Monday May 15, 2017 at 10:30 am.

FLASH FLOOD WARNING IN EFFECT FOR SOUTHERN AND NORTHEASTERN PARISHES….FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FOR ALL OTHER PARISHES
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Press Release # 1, Issued on: Thursday November 17, 2016 at 3:30 pm. - Trough affecting sections of the island.

The Meteorological Service of Jamaica has advised that there is currently a frontal system located West of Jamaica.
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Public Service Announcement, Issued on: Monday October 31, 2016, at 10:20 am. - Discontinuation of – Help Haiti Initiative

The Office of Disaster Preparedness & Emergency Management (ODPEM) uses this medium to formally thank individuals and organizations for their contributions towards the “Help Haiti Initiative” in the aftermath of devastation brought about by Hurricane Matthew on the Caribbean State.
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Press Release #2, Issued on: Thursday October 27, 2016 at 1:00 pm. - FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FOR EASTERN AND CENTRAL PARISHES.

The Meteorological Service of Jamaica has issued a Flash Flood Watch for low-lying and flood-prone areas of St. Catherine, Clarendon, Kingston and St. Andrew, St. Thomas, Portland, St. Mary and St. Ann. The advisory is effective until 5.00pm on Thursday October 27, 2016.
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Press Release # 1, Issued on: Thursday October 27, 2016 at 11:30 am. - FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FOR EASTERN AND CENTRAL PARISHES.

The Meteorological Service of Jamaica has issued a Flash Flood Watch for low-lying and flood-prone areas of St. Catherine, Clarendon, Kingston and St. Andrew, St. Thomas, Portland, St. Mary and St. Ann. The advisory is effective until 5.00pm on Thursday October 27, 2016.
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Public Service Announcement Issued on: Wednesday October 5, 2016, at 4:15 p.m. Donation – Help Haiti

The Office of Disaster Preparedness & Emergency Management (ODPEM) wishes to remind the public that the Agency is the central coordinating agency in Jamaica for all disaster relief supplies including donations (cash/kind) for the Help Haiti initiative
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Press Release #5 Issued on: Tuesday October 4, 2016 at 01:30 p.m. ODPEM scales down Hurricane Matthew Operations.

The Meteorological Service has discontinued the TROPICAL STORM WARNING for Jamaica. The island is no longer under threat of tropical storm-force winds as Hurricane Matthew continues to move away and weather conditions improve.
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Public Service Announcement Issued on: Tuesday October 4, 2016, at 7:10 a.m. Hurricane Matthew - NEOC scale down activities to Level 1

The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management is reporting that the National Emergency Operations Centre has scaled down activities to Level 1 Activation in light of the reduction in the threat level of Hurricane Matthew.
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Press Release #4 Issued on: Monday October 3, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. Citizens resort to shelters as Matthew approaches Jamaica

The Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Honourable Desmond McKenzie updated the nation this afternoon on the threat posed by Hurricane Matthew as the system continues to move very slowly northward toward Jamaica. Minister McKenzie advised the nation that approximately 89 shelters island-wide are currently housing 1845 occupants.
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Public Service Announcement Issued on: Monday October 3, 2016 at 7:30 a.m. “Closure of Ministries, Departments and Agencies”

The National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) is advising the Public that all Ministries, Departments and Agencies will be close today until after the passage of Hurricane Matthew. The NEOC is also advising that all essential services will remain open and ready to respond.
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Press Release #3 Issued on: Saturday October 1, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. Hurricane Matthew - NEOC Activation Level 2

The ODPEM has received reports from the Meteorological Service that a HURRICANE WARNING is now in effect for Jamaica. It is projected that Hurricane Matthew will continue to move across the central Caribbean and is projected to move towards Jamaica within the next 24-36 hours.
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Press Release # 2, Issued on: Friday September 30, 2016 at 11:30 a.m. - Hurricane Matthew - NEOC Activation Level 1

The National Disaster Risk Management Council (NDRMC) chaired by the Prime Minister, the Most Honourable Andrew Holness, held an emergency Council Meeting yesterday at Jamaica House to address the threat posed by Hurricane Matthew.
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Press Release # 1 Issued on: Tuesday September 28, 2016 at 2:15 p.m. - TROPICAL STORM MATTHEW

The Office of Disaster Preparedness & Emergency Management (ODPEM), has received reports from the the Meteorological Service that Tropical Storm Matthew was formed near the eastern Caribbean this morning.
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