St Bess still on storm alert
Launtia Cuff, Gleaner Writer
Black River, St Elizabeth:
With at least 12 weeks remaining in the 2014 hurricane season, St Elizabeth is adequately prepared. This is according to Claudine Forbes, the parish disaster coordinator.
"The first responders, which include the parish disaster coordinator and support staff, the police, Fire Brigade, Jamaica Public Service Company and the National Works Agency (NWA) are aware of their roles and are on standby," Forbes told The Gleaner, during an interview, at the start of the season. "We had a freak storm recently and the responsible agencies were able to respond quickly," a confident Forbes said.
She further explained that there are additional relief supplies that were acquired to prepare for the event of a hurricane.
The disaster coordinator said that the regular drain-cleaning activities from the Road and Works Department and the National Works Agency were still ongoing.
Howard Hendricks, community relations officer at the NWA's central region, said: "Within the first 48 hours after a disaster, we are responsible for clearing all roads. What we use is contractors, and we have the contractors who are normally in place before the hurricane season. We have nine disaster-prone areas like Backstreet, Santa Cruz, New River, New Holland; landslides in Ginger Hill, Hounslow area, Cotterwood, Goshen, Maggotty, and New Market," Hendricks said.