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Clarendon disaster preparedness activities in high gear

Published:Thursday | August 28, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Shanique Samuels, Gleaner Writer

May Pen, Clarendon:

The Clarendon Parish Council's disaster-preparedness activities are in high gear as it continues its series of training and consultation in the most vulnerable areas, such as Rocky Point, Osborne Store and Aenon Town.

Mayor of May Pen Scean Barnswell said the council is far more prepared this year than it was in previous years.

"The outreach programmes and training have been very successful so far. All the stakeholders such as the police, Red Cross, fire department and others have been briefed in terms of response in the case of any eventuality."

He also added that with schools expected to reopen next week, preparations have been made to truck water to the schools in time for reopening.

Eleanor Coombs, parish disaster coordinator, said public education and sensitisation continues and drain-cleaning and maintenance activities are far advanced, and in some areas are complete.

She explained that funding is always a challenge, but the council has enough supplies in stock to last for at least three days.