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Gov't to spend US$12 million on improving emergency communication systems

Published:Monday | March 20, 2017 | 10:55 AM

The Government is to spend US$12 million to improve the country’s emergency communication systems.

The project, which is being funded by Government of Japan, aims to synchronise with the existing communication system operated by the National Works Agency and the Jamaica Constabulary Force.

In approving the project, the Cabinet noted that Jamaica is currently without an effective emergency telecommunication infrastructure and platform to facilitate timely communication among government agencies and first responders during an emergency.

It also said the existing inventory of emergency telecommunications and early warning systems in Jamaica are limited and unsuitable for a major or wide-area impact in times of disaster.