JCIDRR: Minimizing the Effects of Natural Disasters in Jamaica

On December 14, 2012, the Right Honourable John N. Turner was announced as the head of the Jamaican Canadian Initiative for Disaster Resilience and Response (JCIDRR). The organization seeks to support Jamaica’s objectives to develop a capacity for disaster resilience and response to minimize the effects of natural disasters in Jamaica.

Members of the JCIDRR include: Howard Shearer, Chairman of Hitachi Canada Power Systems; Franklin McDonald, Lecturer in sustainable development and environmental planning at York University; Celia Linda Buttler, Crown Attorney; Peter Sloley, Deputy Chief of Police; Marc Kealey, Principal at K&A Inc. and Bishop Dr. Audley James.

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JCIDRR’s aim is to harness human, financial and technical resources in Canada to assist Jamaica in developing and effecting its national disaster mitigation strategy through research, public education, and the use of best practices and to encourage a culture of disaster resilience in Jamaica.

In doing so, JCIDRR will collaborate with the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) in Jamaica towards achieving its disaster mitigation and hazard reduction objectives.
 
 


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