Emergency Management
Local Government and Community Development Minister, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, fills a cup at the water shop that was opened in Marlie Hill, Manchester, on May 14. Councillor for the Grove Town Division, Iceval Brown (right); Mandeville Mayor, Councillor Donovan Mitchell (2nd right), and land donors, Sonia Beckford (left) and Monica Beckford, look on.

Emergency Management

Drought Mitigation

• Over $250 million was spent to truck water to communities across the island.

• A water shop was opened in Marlie Hill, Manchester, to alleviate chronic shortage of the amenity in the community.

• Repairs were undertaken on existing catchment systems to ensure that adequate water is provided to areas in need.

Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM)

• The ODPEM launched its National Disaster Risk Management Volunteer Programme.

• A partnership was forged with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to implement early flood warning systems in St. Catherine, St. Mary, Portland and St. Thomas under a  US$1-million project. 

• $10 million allocated to improve  shelters in communities  islandwide. 

Drop-in Centres, Infirmaries and Poor

Relief Department

• Drop-in centres for the homeless were opened in Buckfield, St. Ann and Port Maria, St. Mary.

• Over $300 million was allocated to upgrade infirmaries.

• The new St. Catherine Infirmary was officially opened. 

• Closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras were installed at the Hanover Infirmary as part of safety and security measures.

Strengthening Human Resilience Project

• A US$6.45 million Government of Jamaica/ United Nations project aimed at improving the standard of living of citizens in Northern Clarendon and West Kingston was launched.

Capacity Building

• Several Councillors and Poor Relief Officers attached to the Trelawny, Portland and Hanover Municipal Corporations were provided with tablet and desktop computers, and printers to enhance service delivery.

• Two Clarendon families were presented with keys to new homes, which were constructed under the Municipal Social Assistance Programme (MSAP).

• More than 3,500 young people participated in the Youth Summer Employment Programme (YSEP).

• 25 entrepreneurs gradu-ating from the Clarendon Municipal Corporation’s youth in business training programme, received grants totalling $2.4 million.

Ward Theatre Rehabilitation

• The KSAMC signed  contracts with Caribbean Technology Solutions to provide an audiovisual system, and the Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and    Education (CHASE Fund) to install new seats at the Ward Theatre. More than $15 million has been spent  to date on the Theatre’s renovation.

Minister Mckenzie (right) looks on as Mayor of St. Ann’s Bay, Councillor Michael Belnavis (left), presents Youth Mayor for Portmore, Serena Steele, with a plaque, at the Youth Mayor’s Luncheon hosted by the Ministry at the Spanish Court Hotel in New Kingston
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