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Press Release # 1 Issued on: Friday January 4, 2013 at 4:00 p.m

“ODPEM encourages proactive drought mitigation practices”

As the nation moves into the drought period that has become customary during the months of
January to March, the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM),
is urging Jamaicans to take the necessary mitigation actions to alleviate the effects from this
natural hazard. A Drought is often the result of severe water shortages due to inadequate
rainfall.

To ensure that the effects are minimal, the ODPEM is encouraging that the conservation,
storage and harvesting of water be pursued as mitigation and preparedness measures and
reminds the public of the following precautions;

1. Identify leaks in and around the home and repair immediately being careful to seek
professional assistance if necessary

2. Conserve water around the home
- A typical shower uses five to 10 gallons of water per minute. Limit your shower to the
time it takes to wet your body and to wash off the lather.
- When washing dishes do not leave the water running for rinsing. If you have a double
sink fill one side with soapy water and the other with water for rinsing.

3. Limit the washing of cars and watering of lawns unless absolutely necessary. Using a
hose to wash cars, driveways and sidewalks could waste gallons of water. It is best to do
this from a pan or basin.

4. Do not allow your children to play with pipes, hoses and sprinklers.
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Contact: Orlene Lewis, Information Officer olewis@odpem.gov.jm



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