As if the increase in thunderstorms wasn’t enough of a warning, there is nothing like an e-mail from the High Commission to get you to pay attention to the fact that hurricane season is upon us here in Jamaica. Time to stock up on granola bars! (Don’t worry mom, I am well prepared xo)

INFORMATION FOR CANADIAN CITIZENS 

You are receiving this email because you are registered with the Government of Canada's Registration of Canadians Abroad Service. Please share the following important information with all Canadian citizens in your area.

The hurricane season extends from June 01 to November 30. Tropical depressions and storms that may develop into hurricanes occur in the North Atlantic and Northeast Pacific oceans.

The key to hurricane or tropical storm protection is preparation. We encourage you and your family to review your personal safety practices. By taking sensible measures before, during and after a hurricane, many lives can be saved and property damage averted. 

A hurricane preparedness plan includes three basic elements that are important in the threat of any severe weather event: 1) maintain a disaster or emergency supply kit; 2) secure your home and property; and 3) have a safe place to go in the event of an evacuation or prolonged utility outage. 

Stay well informed by listening to the latest warnings and advisories on the radio, television, or web sites. Hurricane Centres will issue and update these when necessary. It is also important to follow the advice of local authorities and emergency response personnel.

Note that the contact information for the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) in Jamaica is as follows:
Telephone: (876) 906-9674-5 or (876) 754-9077-8; Toll Free: 1-888-991-4262 
Email: odpem@cwjamaica.com


We encourage you to stay connected to the latest travel advice and advisories at http://travel.gc.ca/destinations/Jamaica , also available via our mobile Travel smart application (http://travel.gc.ca/mobile) or by subscribing to RSS feeds (http://travel.gc.ca/rss). You can also follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/travelGoC and www.twitter.com/Canadajamaica or find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/travelGoC andwww.facebook.com/CanadainJamaica

It is also recommended to visit the following web sites where further information is available, on hurricanes specifically and emergency preparedness in general. 

Get Prepared at: http://www.getprepared.gc.ca/index-eng.aspx

The US National Hurricane Centre at: www.nhc.noaa.gov 

The Canadian Hurricane Centre at: http://www.ec.gc.ca/ouragans-hurricanes/

Canadian citizens requiring emergency consular assistance can contact:

• Consular section at the High Commission of Canada in Jamaica, located at 3 West Kings House Road, Kingston 10, Jamaica, Tel: (876) 733-3355, from Monday to Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 pm or at kngtn-cs@international.gc.ca 


For emergency assistance after hours you may communicate with the Emergency Watch and Response Centre (EWRC) in Ottawa by calling the toll free number 01-800-706-2900 and following the instructions. You may also reach the EWRC directly by dialling 00-1-800-514-0129, +1-613-996-8885 (collect where available) or by email at sos@international.gc.ca 

Best Regards,

Consular Section | Section consulaire
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