Kingston, Portmore brace for Ernesto
AS TROPICAL Storm Ernesto takes aim at Jamaica, the Kingston and St Andrew Corporation (KSAC) and the Portmore Municipality, are bracing for an impact.
Yesterday, there was an emergency meeting of the KSAC's Disaster Preparedness Committee to discuss the response plan. Mayor Angela Brown Burke highlighted the "usual" areas of New Haven, Westphalia, Dallas, Dublin Castle and August Town as potential trouble spots.
She said the parish council divisions of the KSAC have been placed in five response teams by geographic location. Each team has been assigned a stand-by location manager and a team of equipment suppliers to effect speedy response should the need arise.
"So if we get there (emergencies) we should be prepared," she said. Brown Burke said a checklist of shelters, emergency supplies and equipment had all been prepared. In Portmore, Mayor George Lee said they were "reasonably well prepared" for Ernesto.
"You can't do everything, because you can't anticipate everything. But we have been in constant dialogue ... as to all the possible scenarios that can happen," he said. Mayor Lee noted additional supplies were being bought and shelter managers were on stand-by.
"We have a comprehensive plan in place. Of course, we are praying that it won't come though," he said. He admitted that the council had not cleaned all the drains but had cleared the major ones.