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Prepare For a Disaster

Jamaica, because of its location, geology and geography, is prone to several natural hazards. The major threats include landslides, hurricanes, floods, droughts and earthquakes. These hazards, when combined with situations of high vulnerability, usually result in disasters of varying severity.

A natural hazard is a rare or extreme event in the natural environment that adversely affects human life, property or activity to the extent of causing a disaster. Disasters that result from natural hazards are rare or extreme events in the environment that can adversely affect human life, property or our way of life; the impact exceeds a community’s or a nation’s capacity to respond to them.

But you can prepare for the hazards that affect your community. Below are the list of hazards that affect Jamaica and links to information on how best to prepare for them.

Remember, disasters do happen so we must be prepared.



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