Communities encouraged to be proactive in disaster management – Jamaica Information Service

Community groups are encouraged to be proactive in disaster management and to adopt relevant risk reduction strategies communicated by municipal corporations and other response agencies.

Talk with JIS NewsSt. Mary and St. James Parish Disaster Coordinators Yolande Jankie and Tamoy Sinclair, respectively, explained that for their parishes, some communities are active in seeking information on disaster management and are receptive to information and to the training they receive, while others are not as committed.

This dichotomy in response is similar across the island, but municipal corporations and their zonal committees continue to work to effect behavior change.

“It (the answer) varies. Some communities have adopted; they are on board. They realize the importance of having an active disaster risk management mechanism, while some just wait for agencies to react when something happens, ”Ms. Jankie said.

“We want to encourage these vulnerable communities to adopt disaster management strategies shared by municipal corporations through our training and area committees,” she said.

She noted that some communities in St. Mary’s, such as Jeffery Town and Annotto Bay, have been “very proactive” in disaster management by making their own proposals, identifying issues and working with different community groups and agencies to. build resilience.

Regarding St. James, Ms. Sinclair said JIS News that “we have parish-specific brochures for the different types of risks. We engage communities [in terms] strategies to reduce disaster risk such as cutting overhanging trees along roadsides and practices to reduce blockages in waterways ”.

St. James Parish Disaster Coordinator, Tamoy Sinclair. (Photo provided)

“We also have very active and active zone committees in their communities, such as Dumfries and Tangle River. They use some of the equipment provided by the municipality and the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) to carry out community projects and are active in the parish disaster committee, submitting their own proposals, etc. She noted. .

Parish disaster coordinators are based in 14 municipal corporations across the island.

They facilitate the implementation of actions, programs, projects and other disaster risk management initiatives of the Parish Disaster Committee or the Municipal Disaster Committee.

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