2nd Blog Entry - 31 July
The office this week received Mr. Keith Ford, who is the National Disaster Response Analyst- UN-OCHA (Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs). Mr. Ford’s presentation on the history of natural disasters in Jamaica, such as hurricanes and earthquakes, and what we can do as an office and as individuals to prepare for emergencies was very informative.
August is a time of great pride in Jamaica. Emancipation Day, when slaves in British colonies were emancipated in 1838 is celebrated on August 1st. In addition, Jamaica received its independence from British rule on August 6, 1962. I have seen several documentaries with footage from the past independence celebrations including the first one in 1962. I look forward to the festivals and parades in honour of these two important historical days.
As many people are in and out of the office on holiday, responses to questions are sometimes delayed.
I learned about the importance of being prepared for natural disasters and making an emergency plan regardless of whether you are on vacation or living somewhere for even a short time.