As a statutory body the ODPEM operates out of the Office of the Prime Minister with a Board of Management overseeing its activities.
The ODPEM has the unique role of being the only government agency to provide disaster management functions in Jamaica. Its operations are designed towards:
-Developing and implementing policies and programmes for the purpose of achieving and maintaining an appropriate state of national preparedness for natural disasters and other emergency events.
-To encourage and support disaster preparedness and mitigation measures in all parishes in association with Local Government authorities, community based organizations and private and voluntary agencies.
-Providing early warning, emergency response, relief and recovery operations in emergency situations.
-Advocating and supporting risk reduction measures.
-Providing training in all areas of disaster management.
-Promoting a greater national awareness for disaster management issues through public education and awareness.
-Conducting hazard identification and risk assessments.
-Conducting research in social behavior in relation to disaster mitigation and response.
-Establishing and maintaining mutual assistance and co-operation agreements among partner agencies, private sector and international donor organizations.
Address: 12 Camp Road
P.O. Box 122, Kingston 4, Jamaica
Punto Focal Operacional Nacional (PFON)
Thompson, Richard (Director)
Fax: (876) 754 3229
Teléfonos: (876) 754 9077/8
Teléfonos: (876) 906 9674/5