2nd Blog Entry - 31 July

Posted by Sean Chedda at Jan 22, 2015 02:39 PM |
It is difficult to believe that I have been in Jamaica for a month already. The time has passed very quickly. This month, I have had the opportunity to learn more about AMEP’s past work and to provide input on draft documents related to updating Regional Action Plans and proposals for upcoming work plans. It is really interesting to see the coordination necessary among several governing agencies to fine-tune these documents prior to final approval.

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.

Challenges Faced
As many people are in and out of the office on holiday, responses to questions are sometimes delayed.

Lessons Learned
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.