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ODPEM deactivates National Emergency Operations Centre
The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) says it has deactivated the National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC).
Director General of the ODPEM, Ronald Jackson says the decision to deactivate the National Emergency Operations Centre is linked to the continued improvements in the weather,as Tropical Storm Ernesto moves away from the island.
Mr. Jackson provided the latest ODPEM update.
“We've been given the all clear from the Met Office and as far as our standard operating procedure suggests that we are able to deactivate the national emergency operations centre. We recognize that there are still some squalls out there, specifically on the north-west coast and so the weather contingency remains in effect. The possibility of localized flood incidents on the low lying south west coast is still a concern but we feel that it is not much of a concern that warrants a national operation.”
Mr. Jackson says while the parish emergency operation centres have been deactivated, local emergency operations are on standby in the case of any incident.
The ODPEM head says the agency had not recorded any reports of adverse flooding as a result of the rains associated with Tropical Storm Ernesto.
Mr. Jackson reminded the public that the island is in the Hurricane Season, and there exists the possibility of other threats over the coming weeks.
He urged citizens to implement storm preparedness measures if they have not already done so.
Earlier this morning, the National Meteorological Service discontinued the Tropical Storm Warning.
Met Office officials said forecasts showed the system heading south of the Cayman Islands and towards Belize.
However, the Met Office says Jamaica will continue to experience rain.