JPS joins Haiti restoration efforts
A Jamaica Public Service employee works on a utility pole in Bridgeport in Portmore, St Catherine. - File
THE JAMAICA Public Service Company (JPS) will be providing support to the restoration efforts in Haiti by working with the Caribbean Electric Utility Service Corporation (CARILEC) to restore power to sections of the earthquake-ravaged country.
The JPS is currently coordinating linemen, generation and security personnel into teams to work in Haiti on rotation for 15-day periods, providing technical expertise to the restoration programme.
George Kates, who is in charge of risk and asset protection, will travel to Haiti this week to carry out advance reconnaissance activities in preparation for the deployment of JPS teams in the coming weeks.
As a part of its contribution to relief efforts in Haiti, the JPS has also made an initial cash contribution to the United Way Haiti Relief Fund, while its employees have been donating non-perishable food items to the Salvation Army initiative. The company will further support the Haiti relief efforts by matching cash donations to be made by employees.
Ready for emergencies
CARILEC, which is no stranger to assisting regional utilities with restoration, is based in St Lucia and comprises most of the Caribbean electric utilities from Bermuda, in the north, to Suriname, in the south.
This includes the French- and Dutch-speaking countries of the region, as well as the American overseas islands of Puerto Rico, St Thomas and St Croix. The association has fully functioning disaster-management machinery in place to assist members in times of crisis.