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Press Release # 1, Issued on: Thursday November 17, 2016 at 3:30 pm. - Trough affecting sections of the island.

The Meteorological Service of Jamaica has advised that there is currently a frontal system located West of Jamaica.
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Public Service Announcement, Issued on: Monday October 31, 2016, at 10:20 am. - Discontinuation of – Help Haiti Initiative

The Office of Disaster Preparedness & Emergency Management (ODPEM) uses this medium to formally thank individuals and organizations for their contributions towards the “Help Haiti Initiative” in the aftermath of devastation brought about by Hurricane Matthew on the Caribbean State.
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Press Release #2, Issued on: Thursday October 27, 2016 at 1:00 pm. - FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FOR EASTERN AND CENTRAL PARISHES.

The Meteorological Service of Jamaica has issued a Flash Flood Watch for low-lying and flood-prone areas of St. Catherine, Clarendon, Kingston and St. Andrew, St. Thomas, Portland, St. Mary and St. Ann. The advisory is effective until 5.00pm on Thursday October 27, 2016.
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Press Release # 1, Issued on: Thursday October 27, 2016 at 11:30 am. - FLASH FLOOD WATCH IN EFFECT FOR EASTERN AND CENTRAL PARISHES.

The Meteorological Service of Jamaica has issued a Flash Flood Watch for low-lying and flood-prone areas of St. Catherine, Clarendon, Kingston and St. Andrew, St. Thomas, Portland, St. Mary and St. Ann. The advisory is effective until 5.00pm on Thursday October 27, 2016.
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Public Service Announcement Issued on: Wednesday October 5, 2016, at 4:15 p.m. Donation – Help Haiti

The Office of Disaster Preparedness & Emergency Management (ODPEM) wishes to remind the public that the Agency is the central coordinating agency in Jamaica for all disaster relief supplies including donations (cash/kind) for the Help Haiti initiative
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Press Release #5 Issued on: Tuesday October 4, 2016 at 01:30 p.m. ODPEM scales down Hurricane Matthew Operations.

The Meteorological Service has discontinued the TROPICAL STORM WARNING for Jamaica. The island is no longer under threat of tropical storm-force winds as Hurricane Matthew continues to move away and weather conditions improve.
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Public Service Announcement Issued on: Tuesday October 4, 2016, at 7:10 a.m. Hurricane Matthew - NEOC scale down activities to Level 1

The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management is reporting that the National Emergency Operations Centre has scaled down activities to Level 1 Activation in light of the reduction in the threat level of Hurricane Matthew.
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Press Release #4 Issued on: Monday October 3, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. Citizens resort to shelters as Matthew approaches Jamaica

The Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Honourable Desmond McKenzie updated the nation this afternoon on the threat posed by Hurricane Matthew as the system continues to move very slowly northward toward Jamaica. Minister McKenzie advised the nation that approximately 89 shelters island-wide are currently housing 1845 occupants.
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Public Service Announcement Issued on: Monday October 3, 2016 at 7:30 a.m. “Closure of Ministries, Departments and Agencies”

The National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) is advising the Public that all Ministries, Departments and Agencies will be close today until after the passage of Hurricane Matthew. The NEOC is also advising that all essential services will remain open and ready to respond.
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Press Release #3 Issued on: Saturday October 1, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. Hurricane Matthew - NEOC Activation Level 2

The ODPEM has received reports from the Meteorological Service that a HURRICANE WARNING is now in effect for Jamaica. It is projected that Hurricane Matthew will continue to move across the central Caribbean and is projected to move towards Jamaica within the next 24-36 hours.
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Press Release # 2, Issued on: Friday September 30, 2016 at 11:30 a.m. - Hurricane Matthew - NEOC Activation Level 1

The National Disaster Risk Management Council (NDRMC) chaired by the Prime Minister, the Most Honourable Andrew Holness, held an emergency Council Meeting yesterday at Jamaica House to address the threat posed by Hurricane Matthew.
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Press Release # 1 Issued on: Tuesday September 28, 2016 at 2:15 p.m. - TROPICAL STORM MATTHEW

The Office of Disaster Preparedness & Emergency Management (ODPEM), has received reports from the the Meteorological Service that Tropical Storm Matthew was formed near the eastern Caribbean this morning.
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Press Release # 6 Issued on: Tuesday August 2, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. TROPICAL STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR JAMAICA ….ODPEM URGES CONTINUED VIGILANCE FOR POSSIBLE FLOODING

As a direct result of the passage of Tropical Storm Earl, the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) is urging persons to remain vigilant as a Tropical Storm Warning remains in effect for Jamaica.
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Press Release # 5 Issued on: Tuesday August 2, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. “The National Disaster Risk Management Council briefs the Cabinet on Tropical Storm Earl”

Representatives from the National Disaster Risk Management Council (NDRMC), briefed Prime Minister, the Most Honourable Andrew Holness and his Cabinet on the severe weather conditions caused by Tropical Storm Earl, at a briefing held at Jamaica House on Tuesday, August 2, 2016
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Press Release # 4 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, August 02, 2016 – 1:00 p.m. TROPICAL STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR JAMAICA ….TROPICAL STORM EARL FORMS OVER THE WESTERN CARIBBEAN

The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) wishes to advise that a TROPICAL STORM WARNING remains in effect for Jamaica.
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Press Release # 3 Issued on: Tuesday August 2, 2016 at 6:00 a.m. TROPICAL STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR JAMAICA

The Office of Disaster Preparedness & Emergency Management is advising that a TROPICAL STORM WARNING remains in effect for the island. This means that tropical storm conditions, including possible sustained wind speeds of 63-118 km/h (39-73 mph) are still expected.
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Press Release # 2 Issued on: Monday August 1, 2016 at 5:25 p.m. “Full Activation of the National Emergency Operations Centre”

The National Disaster Council (NDC) held a press briefing at Jamaica House today to address the threat posed by the imminent tropical storm condition associated with a strong Tropical Wave. The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), has since activated the National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC), as instructed by Prime Minister the Most Hon. Andrew Holness.
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Press Release # 1, Issued on: Sunday July 31, 2016 at 3:30 p.m. - TROPICAL WAVE OVER THE EASTERN CARIBBEAN

The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management, (ODPEM) has received reports from the Meteorological Service that a Tropical Wave is rapidly moving towards the west and across the eastern Caribbean. Satellite imagery shows a large but disorganized area of showers and thunderstorms associated with the Wave.
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Press Release 1 Issued on: Saturday October 3, 2015 at 5:30 pm.

The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), a participating State of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Agency (CDEMA), and Sub-Regional Focal Point for the North-Western Caribbean has assumed coordination responsibility for the Islands of the Bahamas in the aftermath of Hurricane Joaquin’s passage.
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Press Release 1. Issued on: Friday August 28, 2015 at 2:00 pm. - WEEKEND RAINS ASSOCIATED WITH TS ERIKA

The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) is advising that Tropical Storm Erika, though not a direct threat to Jamaica, could impact the island producing intermittent rainfall. Information from the National Meteorological Center indicates a projection for weekend rains with the possibility of Flash Flooding.
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