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'St Ann is prepared' - Mayor says parish ready to face hurricane season

Published:Thursday | August 28, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Mayor Desmond Gilmore

Carl Gilchrist, Gleaner Writer

Chairrman of the St Ann Parish Council, Mayor Desmond Gilmore, is expressing confidence that the council is ready to deal with any flooding or hurricane-related incidents that may occur.

Residents in Parry Town, a flood-prone area close to Ocho Rios, also expressed satisfaction that preparations have taken place, with the cleaning of the major drain.

"We are as prepared as we can be," Gilmore told The Gleaner earlier this week.

According to the mayor, shelters are in place and training of persons to be first responders has been ongoing. The disaster committee meets every month, as usual.

In May, the mayor had reported that while preparation was on track, the council was awaiting supplies such as lanterns and blankets. On Monday, he indicated that this was still not resolved to his satisfaction.

"We could do with a little more supplies, but at this time there are no major, major concerns," Gilmore said.

"We are doing what we can to mitigate against any problem as much as we can," he added.

In Parry Town, Marvin Hardware, who a few months ago was expressing disgust at the road conditions in the community, said he was satisfied with the level of hurricane preparedness that has been undertaken.

"The Red Cross, and also the Baptist Church in the community, have been sensitising residents on how to be prepared and encouraging people to do the necessary things," Hardware stated. "Shelters are in place and I think they have prepared as best as they can," he added.