Jamaica Among World’s Most At-Risk for Natural Disasters

Jamaica is the third most at-risk country in the world for natural disasters and other hazards!

That’s the finding of a World Bank study according to the Director General of the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) Major Clive Davis.

He made the revelation this afternoon while outlining the government’s preparedness for this year’s Atlantic hurricane season.

The season started on June one and will end on November 30.

Major Davis was speaking this afternoon at a Rotary Club of Kingston meeting at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston.

Major Davis says nearly 90-percent of the Jamaican population is exposed to multiple hazards.

Major Davis says the government is implementing the necessary mechanisms to respond to storm threats.

He says agencies such as the Jamaica Fire Brigade, and the Jamaica Defence Force, have received improved equipment to assist in the response effort.

In the meantime, Major Davis says residents of communities vulnerable to disasters, will be forcibly removed if they refuse to do so voluntarily.

Major Clive Davis was speaking this afternoon at a Rotary Club of Kingston at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston.

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