Ninety-Seven Emergency Shelters ‘Ready To Go’ Across City

By Gavin Riley

Deputy Mayor of Kingston, Councillor Winston Ennis has assured the residents of the Corporate Area that the 97 emergency shelters have been retrofitted with basic amenities in the event a hurricane should affect the city.

Speaking with members of the media following the adjournment of the Kingston and St. Andrew Municipal Corporation’s (KSAMC) monthly general meeting on Tuesday, September 11, he said, “All 97 shelters are ready to go if we are in an emergency.”

Deputy Mayor Ennis added that all shelter managers have been engaged in a training programme over the last three months and “are prepared and ready whenever we should call on them”.

Ennis further noted that the KSAMC will be revising and republishing its list of shelters, which should be available via its website, in the coming days.

Jamaica is not currently facing an imminent hurricane threat but weather watchers are keeping a close eye on Hurricane Isaac which inching towards the Lesser Antilles in the Eastern Caribbean.

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