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Fig.1: House collapse in St Thomas

Fig.2: Utility pole snapped

Fig.3: Caribbean Terrace, St Andrew-Waves crashed against a house

Fig.4: Harbour View Bridge-Washed out [Hurricane Gustav]

Fig.5: Coastal road damaged- St. Thomas [Hurricane Sandy]

Fig.6: Hope River in spate [Hurricane Sandy]

Safety Tutorials


It is our pledge to continuously provide you with quality information which we hope will assist you to better understand a range of topics in Occupational Safety & Health, Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management.

Lesson of the Week

A Hurricane is defined as a tropical storm with winds that have reached a constant speed of 74 miles per hour or more. Hurricanes can be very destructive. They have the potential to cause damage to infrastructure, utilities, buildings, vegetation and even loss of life.. Officially, the Hurricane Season stretches from June 1st through to November 30th. This period is usually a dreaded one for most Jamaicans.

Safety and Emergency Management Systems throughout this period will take you through a comprehensive look at hurricanes and will provide advice on the precautions we can take throughout this season.

We will begin our informative sessions with a brief historic look at Hurricanes in Jamaica

HURRICANES IN JAMAICA 1951 to 2012.....

Hurricanes Hurricanes



Hurricane Charlie hit Jamaica on August 17, 1951 with winds near Category Three (3) intensity. One hundred and fifty four (154) persons were killed and approximately twenty thousand (20,000) were left homeless. There was immense damage to buildings, roads and other infrastructure. Estimated damage was sixteen million pounds (£16,000,000).



September 08, 1988 Gilbert smashed into Jamaica; devastating the island. As Gilbert lashed Jamaica, houses were destroyed, trees were uprooted and utilities were hit out of service. There was massive inland flooding and landslides. The agricultural sector was almost totally destroyed with an estimated Five Hundred Million Dollars in damage. Gilbert claimed forty-nine (49) lives and left hundreds homeless. More than 100,000 houses were destroyed; reconnaissance flights over remote parts of Jamaica reported that eighty percent (80%) of the homes on the island had lost their roofs. The estimated property damage reached more than Two Hundred Million Dollars. Hundreds of miles of roads and highways were also heavily damaged. Hurricane Gilbert is deemed to be the most destructive storm in history of Jamaica.



In September 2004 Jamaica was hit by Hurricane Ivan. The storm brought with it high winds and heavy rainfall; causing significant wind and flood damage to infrastructure, utilities and the agricultural sector. Seventeen (17) persons were killed and some eighteen thousand (18,000) were left homeless. Ivan is listed as the sixth most intense hurricane on record.



On August 19, 2007, Jamaica escaped a direct hit from Hurricane Dean which passed the island as a Category Four (4) Hurricane. However, heavy winds and rainfall uprooted trees and toppled utility poles, a number of roads were left impassible. Over one thousand five hundred (1500) persons were left homeless.



In 2008 Hurricane Gustav pounded Jamaica with heavy rainfall and wind. Homes we destroyed and there was tremendous loss to the agricultural sector. Immense flooding and landslides were reported and many roads were left impassible by flood waters and debris.



Since Hurricane Gilbert, Hurricane Sandy in 2012 was the first to directly hit Jamaica. The storm made landfall as a Category 1 Hurricane causing severe damage. Some 70% of the country was left without electricity and national infrastructure was battered. The Hurricane caused immense flooding to low lining areas. There was severe damage to the agricultural sector.

Safe T News

Above–average 2013 Hurricane Season predicted

Published by the Observer Saturday April 13, 2013

"The Colorado State University (CSU) meteorological team is predicting an above-average 2013 Atlantic hurricane season." They indicated that is above-average season chiefly to what they call the "inconsistent warming" of the tropical Atlantic and expected lack of an El Niño event.

The Hurricane season begins June 1st and stretches through to November 31st, with eighteen (18) named storms expected. The team indicated that "Nine (9) of those storms are expected to become hurricanes, four (4) of which will be major hurricanes, with sustained winds of 111miles per hour or greater."

Phil Klotzbach indicated that "The tropical Atlantic has anomalously warmed over the past several months, and it appears that the chances of an El Niño event this summer and fall are unlikely." He added that "Typically, El Niño is associated with stronger vertical shear across the tropical Atlantic, creating conditions less conducive for storm formation."

Mention was made to the fact that "forecast are based on the premise that global oceanic and atmospheric conditions, such as El Niño, Atlantic basin sea and sea level pressures, that preceded active or inactive hurricane seasons in the past provide meaningful information about similar conditions that will likely occur in the current year."

The team forecast that the "probabilities of a major hurricane making landfall in the Caribbean in 2013 is 61%. The average for the last century was 42%."

Upcoming Events:

  • Safety Manual Update-UWI
  • Hurricane Awareness Programme-UWI
  • Fire Safety Inspection-Guardsman Armoured Limited
  • Emergency Response Training/Drills-Guardsman Group
  • Safety Monitors’ Training-Victoria Mutual Group
  • Safety Management for UWI Games-UWI
  • Occupational Safety & Health Programme-Tyres- R-Us
  • Emergency Wardens’ Training-Development Bank of Jamaica
  • Emergency Wardens’ Training-Grace Kennedy
  • Emergency Wardens’ Training-JAMBISCO

June Calender

Safety Tips of the Week

With the Hurricane Season now started, here are some tips which we hope that you will use to assist in preparing for the Hurricane Season:

  • Develop an Emergency Plan. This should include: Where to go if you have to relocate, all the items you will need to take with you etc. Most of all remember to SHARE THE PLAN with your family members.
  • Plan to obtain supplies necessary to protect your property.
  • Make a complete inventory of your personal property.
  • Review insurance policies for your property.
  • Trim or remove trees that could cause damage to your establishment.
  • Start the stocking up on non-perishable food items and water for your family.
  • Check on your emergency equipment such as flash lights, batteries, raincoats, shutters etc.
  • Photocopy, secure and store away important documents such as school leaving certificates, personal documents and national registration documents.
  • Do an assessment of the roof of your establishment/home to see where repairs need to be done.
  • Check on the drainage system that you may have.
  • Get familiar with the various Hurricane Terminologies.
  • ASSESS the last hurricane season, examine how it had impacted you, and where necessary, put PLANS in place to adequately prepare for this Hurricane Season.
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