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No islandwide power shutdown, says JPS

Published:Tuesday | August 2, 2016 | 9:52 AM

The Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) says it has already alerted its emergency operation centres islandwide which will respond in the event of serious damage to its systems.

Last night, Director of Corporate Communications at JPS, Winsome Callum, said the company does not carry out islandwide shutdowns unless a hurricane is threatening to impact Jamaica.

However, Callum says in the event of a tropical storm, some sections of the island are still likely to experience power outages as heavy rains and strong winds may affect power lines.

She also says JPS has systems which allow it to know which sections of the island are without power and it is not necessary for persons to call and report damage to JPS systems in their communities.

Callum says the JPS is advising persons to stock emergency supplies so they do not have to go outdoors during in the event the storm hits.


JPS Director of Corporate Communications, Winsome Callum