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I have set up a 'Plea for Help' bulletin board for Jamaica, for people looking for specific info. Do you think you can help other people, please check it out as well...: stormcarib.com/help. Many people post little tidbits of information there as well... There is also a bulletin board at Jamaicans.com, TreasureBeach.net and JAMPACT.org has some very good info as well.

Very detailed maps of Jamaica, like this, can be found at the Perry-Castaneda Library Map Collection (U. of Texas)
Another detailed map can be found on the caribbean-on-line website.

Power106FM Radio is broadcasting from Jamaica. Listen in at www.go-jamaica.com/power/.
Apparently you can e-mail them at power106@cwjamaica.com or call (876) 968-4901-3 to ask about loved ones' whereabouts.

- - - 2004 Hurricane Season - - -

- RE: [HURR] - After Ivan
  • From: <henrique AT cwjamaica.com>
  • Date: Sat, 9 Oct 2004 08:42:27 -0400
Gert, something is wrong with my computer,I can only send replys...sorry

Well, Jamaica is now licking its wounds.
Today is the first day without torrential rains. We will be able to
start to clean up. I even saw one very, very little bit of sun.
The birds are coming back and last night I geard the first whistling
frogs again.
Well if nature starts to sing and make familiar sounds again, normality
is returning.
All in all we had a lot of good luck because of the eye not passing us.
But it is still more than we will be able to handle alone.
I think the worst is the water which came with Ivan.
Flooding is unreal.
We were just able to make contact with the parish of St Elizabeth.
It is a bad, bad scene.
They got hit hard, the parish is not accessible, every where is flooded.
Communication is out because the cell towers eventually ran out of power
(they apparently work on massive batteries that store power, please
don't ask me for details because I don't understand that technology)
All rivers have flowed over their banks heavily and destroyed almost all
cultivation including the hardy sugar cane that normally can take a lot.
Lifestock that drowned will have to be removed fast.

So, if you cannot get in touch with relatives in St. Elizabeth you know
the reason. Don't worry too much, they may have lost communications but
that doesn't mean that they are harmed.

In general the loss of lives is minimal (although we have not heard from
all areas but I am sure we would have heard about fatalities...those
news travel fast one way or the other)
Remember how resilient we are in jamaica and one person will help the
other somehow.

Unfortunately it is true that looting takes place not only in Kingston.
We knew that before because we have a small percentage of criminals that
are evil. 
Those are the same persons who give us the bad reputation all over the
world. Organized crime.
If they went with the storm, nobody here would shed a tear.
I know I shouldn't probably make such a statement but it makes all of us
furious to have such elements in our beautiful country.
But they are a small group that will hopefully be weeded out soon.

The police, thank God , takes a no nonsense approach with them and the
Public Emergency which has been implemented on Friday for a month will
That was a sound decision by our Government.
In general, the Government has done a fine job, if everybody had
followed their advice, a lot could have been prevented. But that's "how
it go". Some people will always know better..... 

All you relatives abroad need to help your families to get back on their
It will be very difficult in the next couple of months because damage to
homes and agriculture is very, very bad. 
Schools will be out for some time.

But as I said already the widespread flooding will be our most severe

According to Digicel they will get as soon as possible to their towers
to restore communications.
C&W exchange was flooded in Mandeville they therefore had to shut down
in order to protect their equipment. They as well are working hard to
restore lost communications.

Basically the same picture is in the parish of Clarendon.
Massive, massive flooding.

Private construction companies are now asked to make heavy duty
equipment available to clear roads.

We will pick up the pieces and if you hear horror reports..please take
them with a pinch of salt, it is not as bad as it sounds but the media
have to live.

As usual the poorest here have been hit hardest and will need all our
That is where all of you jamaicans abroad come in.

My heart goes out to Cayman and I pray for them.

P.S. the airports are open and Air Jamaica starts flying today.
London, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, other airlines start to come as well.  

Barbara Henriques

- Better late....
  • From: <lyons AT cwjamaica.com>
  • Date: Fri, 24 Sep 2004 15:55:58 -0500
Hello from Sunny Jamaica. It is two weeks later and it is the first time I have 
been able to e-mail. We just now got our electricity back. It was pretty 
terrible but all was well in my yard. All the buildings survived without 
damage. The garden however... did not. It is gone. No leaves. No trees. It is 
very sad but it will come back. As a matter of fact, it is already. The area 
has made a lot of progress and phone, water and electricity are back to about 
75% of my area.  It has been very hot here since the storm - I guess it is 
because all the leaves are gone but...soon come, mon. Later. 
Ann Lyons
Culloden Dist. 
Whitehouse, Westmoreland

- The Invincible Ivan
  • From: "Andre Marriott-Blake" <sean134 AT msn.com>
  • Date: Thu, 23 Sep 2004 01:44:06 +0000
   I live in Portmore,a large city just about 10 minutes from KGNIt has been almost 2 week since Ivan payed us a close visit,fortunately, in Kingston and where i am, things are getting back to normal. But in other parishes (especially Clarendon,St Elizabeth and Manchester) things are far from normal. Some schools are still not open and electricity and water have not been restored in some parts of the Country,but still i have to thank God for it could have been worse,It was almost a miracle the way the storm missed us. Unfortunately it seems as if florida will be hit from jean which has already killed more than 600 people already!.If it doesit will be the 4th Storm to hit Florida in 2 Months! My prayers are with all Floridians and all Haitian,pray,and ask God for guidance and protection, and you will be protected, i did that whenIvan was aproaching and we were spared. Anothe negative thing is tht Ivan is back and seem as if will affect some of the State whos shore are washed by the gulf of mexico,my prayers are with you all. To my fellow West Indians,especially the ones adversly affected by either Ivan or Jean, Be strong,Pray to God,and may he bless you all
One Love.

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- Relief Fund
  • From: Gert van Dijken <gert AT vandijken.com>
  • Date: Wed, 22 Sep 2004 20:55:49 -0400 (EDT)

Date: Wed, 22 Sep 2004 16:56:02 -0700 (PDT)
From: Edson Brown <colorapx_AT_yahoo.com>

I am asking kindly if you could give some help to affected person who has
been affected by the recent hurricane that destroy persons in Jamaica
causing destruction of house, flooding and damages to properties.

A fund has been set up to asst person who has been affected which is at
the Victoria Building Society NU# 10213080.

Your help will be greatly appreciated.

Thank you

The Victoria Mutual Building Society is a Jamaican financial institution,
mutually owned by its savers. There main objective is to provide
Jamaicans with the best facilities for savings and home loans. There
savings, investments and mortgage loan accounts are maintained in
Jamaican dollars, British Pounds Sterling, United States or Canadian

- Red Cross
  • From: Gert van Dijken <gert AT vandijken.com>
  • Date: Sat, 18 Sep 2004 16:55:56 -0400 (EDT)

17 Sep 2004 16:36:00 GMT

Source: NGO latest

British Red Cross Society - UK
Website: http://www.redcross.org.uk/caribbeanappeal
For further information: Contact Will Slater/Clare Finnigan 020 7201


As Hurricane Ivan moves across the United States the Red Cross is urging
people not to forget the devastation caused across the Caribbean, leaving
tens of thousands of people homeless and thousands of buildings destroyed.

Philippe Puyo-Tschanz, Americas desk officer at the British Red Cross
said: "Despite the image of the Caribbean as an exclusive holiday
destination, many of the people who live there are actually very poor and
this hurricane has destroyed their homes and their livelihoods.

"While there is no doubt that America has been badly hit, they have the
infrastructure and resources to cope better and recover more quickly.
However, people in the Caribbean will still be dealing with the
consequences of this disaster for years to come. The Red Cross is running
a massive emergency operation to assist 85,000 people over the next six
months and we need the public's support to help us provide this aid."

With thousands of homes completely destroyed, and water and electricity
supplies disrupted, the Red Cross has been at the centre of aid efforts to
help communities recover from the emergency.


A British Red Cross logistics team has been based in Grenada since the
hurricane hit the island. The three person team have been receiving relief
supplies that have been sent to Grenada since the 12 September. The Red
Cross has already distributed 2,000 tarpaulins to help people carry out
repairs to their homes, and 2,080 hygiene kits have been distributed to
ensure the health needs of people whilst repairs are carried out to the
damaged water supply. It is estimated that 60,000 of the islands 90,000
inhabitants have been made homeless.

In some parts of the island there is a scarcity of food and the Grenada
Red Cross have been carrying distributions of food to 300 households a day
since 13 September. Each household receives rice, red beans, oil and sugar
to cover their needs until a large-scale food distribution to 10,000
people can be carried out this weekend.

The logistics team in Grenada is led by Richard North, he said: "When we
first arrived people were in shock and really traumatised. However, there
are many more people out and about, trying to repair roofs or clear the
streets of debris."

He added: "The main problem is the availability of drinking water, people
in some places have taken to drinking from the rivers. However the water
companies say that they will be able to restore most of the water supply
by Sunday."


The Jamaican Red Cross (JRC) is supporting a total of 15,000 people who
have lost their homes and possessions. The JRC is responsible for managing
100 community shelters that have been opened in the south west of the
island and have been distributing blankets, food and hygiene kits to
people taking refuge there. They have also deployed psychological support
teams to provide assistance and counselling to people living in the

The British Red Cross sent a logistics expert to the island on the 14
September to help receive incoming aid flights and locate warehouses for
relief supplies.

Cayman Islands

A Red Cross plane of relief items will arrive in the Cayman Islands today.
The plane will be carrying 2,300 blankets, 900 hygiene kits, plastic
sheeting and kitchen sets to meet the immediate needs of people living in
shelters or whose homes have been partially destroyed.

The Cayman Red Cross have already distributed relief supplies that were
pre-positioned on the island as part of their disaster preparedness plans.
Stocks of blankets, plastic sheeting and wheelbarrows to assist in the
clear up were distributed in the immediate aftermath of the hurricane. A
British Red Cross delegate has also been sent to the island to help the
Cayman Red Cross assess what aid supplies will be needed in the coming

The British Red Cross is running an appeal to help people affected by the
hurricane. People can donate to the Caribbean Hurricane Appeal by calling
0870 169 9191 of by writing to Caribbean Hurricane Appeal, British Red
Cross, FREEPOST, London, SW1X 7BR.

*** Gert van Dijken ( gert@vandijken.com )
**** Caribbean Hurricane Network - http://stormcarib.com/

- Hurricane Ivan - Jamaica Update #6
  • From: CDERA Information Unit <pubinfo AT cdera.org>
  • Date: Fri, 17 Sep 2004 20:34:41 GMT
ISSUED BY:  Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency (CDERA)
DATE:  September 17, 2004
TIME:  4:00 pm

Jamaica identifies relief needs

Barbados, Sep 17, 2004 (CDERA) – The Office of Disaster Preparedness and 
Emergency Management (ODPEM) has issued a preliminary needs list to guide 
relief assistance. Preliminary assessments seem to indicate that the damage is 
not as severe and immediate concerns relate to public health, vector control 
and providing relief to victims. Mr. Jeremy Collymore, Coordinator CDERA CU is 
currently in Jamaica to assess the situation and to hold talks with the donor 

Hurricane Ivan, impacted Jamaica September 10-12 leaving a trail of damage 
across several communities.

Needs List
Zinc                                    5000,000 sheets (Provisional estimate 
Lumber                                  1 x 3 feet, 2 x 4 feet, 2 x 6 feet
Galvanised Zinc Nails 2.5in, 3in.       35,000lbs
Assorted Nails                          40,000lbs
Rechargeable Lanterns                   50
Five (5) and two (2) Gallon 
Containers (collapsible)                8,000
Generators                              7x110v, 50 cycles, 10kva
Plastic Canvas                          1500
Plastic Sheeting                        70 rolls
Family Tents                            500
Cots (adults)                           500
Blankets                                2,000
Baby mattresses                         500
Baby blankets                           500
Portable Toilets                        10
2 Burner Gas Stoves                     100
Augumentin (injectables)                100.00
Augumentin (capsules)                   100.00
Augumentin (suspension)                 50.00
Amoxicillin (injectables)               100.00
Amoxicillin (capsules)                  100.00
Amoxicillin (suspension)                50.00
Gentanycin injection                    20.00
Metronidazole injection                 20.00
Salbutamol solution                     5000 mls
Normal saline solution
(for use with salbutamol solution)      7000 mls
Ipratropium bromide 
inhalation solution                     5000 mls
Rodenticide                             100 pails
95% Malathion                           20 drums
Half face respirators                   200 
Abate (sand granules) 
1% 25 kilos per bag                     50 bags

Fogging machines                        15

Spray pumps (hand 
operated pressurized 14 litres up)      20
Altosid (methoprene 
for mosquito control)                   25 bags
Comparators                             25
(communicable disease)  
Stool jars                              5,000
Dry Swabs                               3,000
Disposable gloves                       1,000 pairs
Gauze pads                              1,000
Micropore tape                          1,000

Updated reports on the impact on Jamaica may be read at www.cdera.org.


Jeremy Collymore
Coordinator, CDERA
Tel: (246) 425-0386

Donovan Gentles
Preparedness and Response Manager
Tel: (246) 425-0386

Terry Ally
Public Education and Information Specialist
Tel: (246) 425-0386

- Ivan the Terrible.....he came ...he saw ....he conquered...
  • From: "Millwood" <david AT millwoodindustries.com>
  • Date: Fri, 17 Sep 2004 09:40:25 -0400
Living in Jamaica for the last 8 years now, we have had a few very near
misses and after awhile one begins to get very complacent and in fact
quite nonchalant about being so lucky......well needless to say, I think
that that attitude will change from now on....well at least for a few
years:)...the clean up process for me has pretty much been all done
now...all the trees have been cut up and the yard cleaned up....a
tarpaulin is still covering a section of the roof that got damaged by
the wind.....the satellite dish is back up and running and of course
tuned permanently on The Weather Chanel and CNN for all the hurricane
updates...we truly were spared from the big hit and we can thank God for
that and all the millions of people praying for us....I think somebody
from CNN said something like it seemed like there was an invisible
barrier protecting us from the storm....I'll tell you what that
was...the mighty hand of God!!

I know thousands of other residents here were not as fortunate as me and
have lost everything to Ivan....the agriculture sector has suffered a
big blow...bannanas especially , the plants are so fragile and only 80
mile and hour winds will do major damage to them.....fortunately though,
living in the middle of a town here in St. Thomas, we should be getting
back light hopefully as soon as today....in fact, just spoke to somebody
and light will be here in a few hours...I am so proud of the community
here in Morant Bay where we have all pulled together....got the main
road temporarily repaired with huge boulders to fill in back the gaping
spaces where Ivan hungrily devoured out  a 1/4 mile of the road....we
cannot simply sit back and wait for the government to do
everything....thanks again to all for your prayers and well wishes....I
hope I will not have to write again here for a very long
time...Hurricane Gilbert was here in 88...hmmmmmm....so it was almost 16
years to the day...well see you in 16 years....I have a feeling
not.....till then...take care and God bless.....

D. Williams
Morant Bay

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- TravelWeekly Update
  • From: Gert van Dijken <gert AT vandijken.com>
  • Date: Thu, 16 Sep 2004 21:32:44 -0400 (EDT)
Source: Travel Weekly's Caribbean E-Letter - http://travelweekly.com

Sept. 16, 2004

HURRICANE IVAN ripped through the Caribbean last weekend and is scheduled
to make landfall somewhere along the Gulf Coast today. Tropical storm
Jeanne, nearing hurricane strength, eyed the northeastern Caribbean on
Wednesday. Meanwhile, relief efforts are underway for the Cayman Islands,
Grenada and Jamaica; information is posted on each destination's Web
site: www.caymanislands.ky; www.grenadagrenadines.com; and
www.visitjamaica.com. In addition, the Caribbean Tourism Organization
[www.onecaribbean.org] and the Caribbean Hotel Association
[www.caribbeanhotels.org] have spearheaded relief efforts. Caribbean Star
Airlines launched an initiative with a number of musicians who recorded a
song dedicated to Grenada; proceeds from the sales of the CD and $2 from
each Caribbean Star ticket sold in the next two months will be earmarked
for Grenada relief. Cayman Airways is operating emergency relief flights
on a limited basis into Grand Cayman; Air Jamaica flew 30,000 pounds of
supplies into Kingston, Jamaica, on a special relief flight Sept. 13. The
airport there, as well as in Montego Bay, Jamaica, is open for business.
HERE'S A PARTIAL RECAP throughout the region:

i Jamaica. The cruise ports in Montego Bay and Ocho Rios reopened Sept.
15, and the cruise schedule will be back to normal next week. Air Jamaica
extended its deadline for penalty-free reticketing due to Hurricane Ivan
to Sept. 30. Damage reports reveal that resorts in Montego Bay, Ocho Rios
and Port Antonio -- all on Jamaica's north coast -- weathered the storm
well. The Sandals properties and Beaches Boscobel are open or will be by
Sept. 18. Ritz-Carlton, Round Hill, and Sunset Beach Resort & Spa are
open; Sunset Jamaica Grande in Ocho Rios will reopen as planned on Dec.
19 after new owners complete a major renovation. Half Moon Montego Bay
will proceed as planned with its 50th anniversary celebrations Sept. 26
to Oct. 3. Sandals Negril, Beaches Negril and Beaches Sandy Bay reopen
Oct. 1; Sunset at the Palms, Negril will reopen on schedule in November
after planned renovations. SuperClubs' Grand Lido Braco and Hedonism II
reopen Sept. 19; Grand Lido Negril, which had severe roof damage, reopens
Oct. 1; Couples Resorts in Negril reopens Sept. 19.

*** Gert van Dijken ( gert@vandijken.com )
**** Caribbean Hurricane Network - http://stormcarib.com/

- Hurricane Ivan - Jamaica Update #5
  • From: CDERA Information Unit <pubinfo AT cdera.org>
  • Date: Thu, 16 Sep 2004 16:49:19 GMT
ISSUED BY:  Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency (CDERA)
DATE:  September 16, 2004
TIME:  12:00 pm

Jamaica assessing damage

Barbados, Sep 16, 2004 (CDERA) – Damage assessment teams have been deployed 
throughout the country to assess the impact of Hurricane Ivan.  House to house 
assessment is being conducted by Interagency teams to ascertain the extent of 
damage and level of assistance that will be required. Registration Centres have 
also been opened island wide for victims to register.  Jamaica was battered by  
Hurricane Ivan as it passed South of the Island, September 10-12. 

Situation Update 
The Office of Disaster Prepardeness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) reported 
that 207 communities in 11 parishes were affected and 19,000 persons were still 
in shelters. Efforts are being made to reduce the numbers of persons in the 
shelters and to find alternative accommodation for those housed in schools.

The National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) continues to coordinate relief 
and recovery efforts. Food supply air lifts have been organized to communities 
severely affected and cut off. These communities included St. Ann’s Bay, Aenon 
Town,  Penline Castle, and Morant Bay. A voucher system has also been 
established to enable victims access to relief supplies. These vouchers can be 
redeemed at designated stores. 

Power has been restored to critical areas such as the Kingston & Jubilee 
Hospital, Sangster’s International Airport and water pumping stations at Mona, 
Hope Road in Kingston and Great River, Montego Bay. Full restoration of power 
may take some time due to the extent of damage to the system.  Several areas 
are still without potable water and this is primarily due  to lack of 
electricity operate the pumps. Trucks are supplying water to priority areas and 

Relief assistance in-cash and in kind contributions have been received from 
regional and international agencies. The Red Cross has incoming relief supplies 
valued at US$348,458. OCHA will provide a cash grant and a Norwegian cash grant 
of USD50,000 each. The Government of Japan will contribute emergency supplies 
(tents, electric generators, plastic sheets, sleeping mats and blankets) 
equivalent to approximately JPY12.2 M (USD111,000).

The European Union has indicated its readiness to provide support as needs are 

CDERA Coordinator Mr. Jeremy Collymore is scheduled to hold discussions with 
officials in Jamaica on the current situation, today September 16, 2004. 

The CDERA CU continues to issue SITREPs on post impact situation which may be 
viewed at www.cdera.org. The UN/OCHA Reliefweb service is also posting SITREPS 
at www.reliefweb.int 


Jeremy Collymore
Coordinator, CDERA
Tel:  (246) 425-0386

Donovan Gentles
Preparedness & Response Manager, CDERA
Tel:  (246) 425-0386

Terry Ally
Public Education and Information Specialist
Tel:  (246) 425-0386

- Kingston after Ivan
  • From: "Corinne Smith" <corinne AT smithwarner.com>
  • Date: Thu, 16 Sep 2004 10:40:14 -0500
Hi all,

First off I must commend C&W (and I've NEVER done that before) for
keeping the phone lines functional before, during and after Ivan. It was
a tremendous relief to be able to remain in touch with family and
friends. Power and water seem to be slowly returning to a few areas in
and around Kingston, and for a lucky few of us, life is returning to
normal. Unfortunately, the west and south coasts of Jamaica did not get
off as lightly as we did here.

Corinne Smith

- Hurricane Ivan - Jamaica
  • From: "Carell Chin" <johns3girls AT hotmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 15 Sep 2004 21:17:45 +0000

I am writing from Kingston Jamaica.  We are basically trying to rebuild 
after Ivan.  Quite a few schools have been damaged and the parents and 
teachers are assisting with this. The Ministry of Education had said that 
schools should reopen on the 14th September but with 90% of the island 
without electricity and water that would have been impossible.  Majority of 
the schools will reopen on Monday.

There was and still is a lot of looting and robbery going on.  The police 
are trying to put an end to this though.  The Prime Minister had called a 
state of emergency before the hurricane in order to curtail looting, this 
helped somewhat, but as always some people can be heartless.

A lot of people came out and helped their neighbours in their time or 
trouble and this must be commended.  The police did their part too.  There 
was a report of some policemen delivering a baby, and another about 
policemen who helped an old lady take down her awnings before the hurricane 
on Friday.

The palisadoes road was cleared from about Sunday and the airport is now 
open.  The Mayor of Kingston has been doing a great job and the JPS and NWC 
team should be commended for their work.  There is a lot to tell, both good 
and bad but there is not enough space.  Majority of the people have proven 
however that we are "out of many, one people".


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- Situation Report on Tourism impact of Ivan in Cayman Islands, Jamaica, Grenada
  • From: CDERA Information Unit <pubinfo AT cdera.org>
  • Date: Wed, 15 Sep 2004 18:28:59 GMT
ISSUED BY: Caribbean Tourism Organisation
DATE: September 14, 2004

The following release is distributed as a courtesy by the Caribbean Disaster 
Emergency Response Agency.



Sept. 14, 2004 12:00 p.m.- Here is the latest information on CTO member 
countries impacted by Hurricanes as of noon today.

The Dept. of Tourism offices on Grand Cayman were severely damaged and remain 
closed. Cayman Brac and Little Cayman are in good shape and have mobilized to 
help relief efforts for Grand Cayman. Road networks are intact, but some are 
still obstructed

Cayman Airways, the national airline, has been coordinating emergency flights 
into Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac from Houston, Tampa and Miami. Cayman Airways 
flights will take US citizens back to the United States on these emergency 

Owen Roberts International Airport is open for restricted flights only and 
Cayman Airways has cancelled all of its commercial flights through the end of 
the day Wednesday due to the closure of the Owen Roberts International Airport. 
The airline says it is evaluating the situation and will resume operation as 
soon as it is safe and possible to do so.

Cayman Bracs Gerrard Smith International Airport is open for restricted flights 

Cell phones are working, although the volume of calls makes if difficult to 
make contact as circuits are almost permanently busy. Land phone lines remain 
down, but the telephone company, Cable and Wireless is reporting that its core 
network systems for fixed lines for local and international calling and its 
mobile service are up and running.

The Department of Tourism has set up Cayman Islands Hurricane Relief Fund.  The 
account number is 621506296065 with Chase Manhattan Banks.  The wiring 
instructions follow:  JPMorgan Chase Bank, 60 East 42nd Street, New York, NY 
10165,. ABA # 021000021. Swift Code for international use only: CHASUS33


The airport is functional with air traffic control, Customs and Immigration in 
place. Air Jamaica, Air Caribes, LIAT and Caribbean Star have restarted limited 
service. LIAT CEO Gary Cullen has told CTO that the regional carrier is putting 
on four scheduled daily flights from Port of Spain, Barbados and St. Vincent 
into Grenada.  

The Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency (CDERA) has advised that until 
the runway lights can be restored, air transport is limited to daylight 
operation. Also, there is still no public ground transport, such as taxis or 
buses, at the airport.


The Port Authority of Jamaica has advised CTO that the port sustained minimal 
damage and both the Montego Bay and Ocho Rios cruise ports will reopen today. 

The first cruise ship since the passage of Hurricane Ivan, a vessel from 
Princess Cruises, is expected to dock at Montego Bay tomorrow. The Port 
Authority is expecting word later today on whether or not Royal Caribbean will 
call in Ocho Rios tomorrow.   The cruise schedule will be back to normal next 

Couples Resorts has informed CTO that its Resort in Negril will not be 
accepting any new arrivals until Sunday 19th September at the earliest.

Couples Resorts has indicated that its Hurricane Policy is as follows 

1. On property guests: If guests feel the need to leave, we will either refund 
them for their unused portion of their stay OR issue a credit for travel up to 
one year for the number of nights interrupted. 

2. Arriving Guests: In the event that guests are unable to arrive as scheduled, 
we will offer them the following options: 

A. They can arrive after the storm passes. Either for the same number of 
nights, in which case, we will make every effort to confirm the dates and 
categories, but guarantee no (hotel) rate increase - OR - stay for fewer 
nights, in which case they will be refunded for the interrupted nights. 

B. We will issue a full credit for travel up to one year. We will guarantee the 
rate paid, regardless of the season they travel except for the following 
blackouts dates: 

All Resorts: December 25, 2004 - January 2, 2005, February 10 - 22, 2005, June 
30 - July 11, 2005 
Plus: Couples Ocho Rios January 15 - 23, 2005 
Couples Negril/ Couples Swept Away (Negril) Oct 7-10, 2004 and Oct 6 - 9, 2005 

C. Full refunds will be allowed if, at resort discretion, a decision is made to 
close the resorts to any new arrivals. The refund will apply during the closed 

- Post-Ivan Recovery - Update No. 1
  • From: Kerry-Ann Morris <knmorris2002 AT yahoo.com>
  • Date: Wed, 15 Sep 2004 07:59:33 -0700 (PDT)
Hi Everyone,
Alot of persons in Kingston are trying to pick up the pieces from the onslaught of Hurricane Ivan. Although we did not get the full force of the hurricane, the devastation says otherwise. Earlier this morning the Jamaica Public Service Company (JPS) announced that electricity may not return to some places until mid-October while the National Water Commission (NWC) announced that water is ready however, they have to wait on the electricity. So it is now a waiting game for many people - many unhappy and angry persons I might add. The radio talk shows are inundated with angry callers demanding to know when exactly they will receive electricity. Those lucky few who live near essential service places like hospitals have already received light and water and are helping those who don't such as family members and friends.
In other news, the extent of the looting during and after Ivan is taking an ugly turn. Just this morning it was reported that beds donated for use in shelters, specifically for the elderly, were stolen and now the old folks are sleeping on the cold floors. Some schools have reopened and the Jamaica Teachers Association (JTA) are requesting that the Ministry of Education extend the school semester by another week to make up for the time lost as a result of Ivan's visit. The University of the West Indies (UWI) has closed its doors to the school population until further notice and some hotels along the North coast have temporarily laid off staff until they have their hotels up and running again.
The restoration and recovery phase of the post-Ivan period will be a long and drawn out process. Already price hikes are the talk of the day with meat prices going through the roof and bread now a delicacy it seems - as soon as the breads are out of the oven they are sold off in the bakeries across the island. Island Grill, KFC and Burger King are flocked on a daily basis by hungry patrons. On Sunday, September 12, the line from inside KFC in the Springs Mall off Constant Spring road was bulging through the door, while other KFCs in Kingston were letting in customers in groups of two and three.
The Coast Guard are now searching for 33 persons, fishermen, who remained at the Pedro Keys during the hurricane, although they were told to leave, who stayed to protect their property. It seems during the hurricane they realized how wrong and dangerous it was for them to have stayed and tried to reach land/ride out the storm by going on a boat. Only 2 persons were found at sea and now there is a search for the capsized boat. Several private companies, like Supreme Ventures Limited, National Commercial Bank and the Bank of Nova Scotia, have pledged millions of dollars towards the recovery effort such as the rebuilding of several schools. The Prime Minister announced the formation of the Office of National Reconstruction, a new agency within the Ministry of Finance, to be headed by Mr. Danville Walker of the Electoral Office of Jamaica, to specifically deal with the recovery aspect of the post-Ivan period. The organization will work with all relevant overseas and local organizations to find the best path to recovery.
Currently, the State of Public Emergency is still in effect and there is a curfew on in the DownTown Kingston area due to a flare up in the tension between Tivoli and Denham town. The country on a whole is applauding the move by the Prime Minister to put in effect the State of Public Emergency when he did, which many concluded curbed the looting during the hurricane. Although the leader of the Opposition, Mr. Edward Seaga, came out vociferously against the State of Public Emergency only minutes after the Prime Minister's announcement on Friday/Saturday, he is now very quiet on the matter despite his promise that he will be making his opposition known on Monday.
Several places across the island are now being deemed disaster areas such as places in St. Elizabeth and St. Thomas however, the relevant organizations such as the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) are still doing Damage Assessments. However, as the Prime Minister announced, damages will ring into billions of dollars.
I will have further updates in the coming days. In the meantime God bless our Country and pray for us! WALK GOOD!!!

Kerry-Ann Morris (Ms.)
Graduate Student (MPhil.)
Department of History
University of the West Indies (UWI)
Mona Campus

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- Contribution for Grenada
  • From: "Joan Sam" <jsam AT voa-gny.org>
  • Date: Mon, 13 Sep 2004 15:31:30 -0400
I am providing the following information for people who like to make contributions directly to two reputable world known organizations that help countries in disaster all over the world: crossinternational.org  phone#800-391-8545. Also, Cross International has arranged to secure an oceangoing tanker of water to be shipped from Dominica to Grenada and will be doing much more.See Website(2) worldvision.org phone#800-777-5777.Please note, World Vision is helping Jamaica right now and they would provide further information about Grenada. I really appreciate your time and effort in getting this message out ASAP!!
God Bless you for your help!
God Bless the people of Grenada.  Pray without ceasing
Joan-Ann, Gillian Sam
Assistant Business Manager
Volunteers of America - Greater New York, Inc.
Housing Division
2720 Broadway
New York, NY  10025
(212) 865-7000 Ext. 358

- Update
  • From: Gert van Dijken <gert AT vandijken.com>
  • Date: Mon, 13 Sep 2004 00:08:43 -0400 (EDT)

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Mon, 13 Sep 2004 00:00:51 -0400
From: ORINTHIA MARKS <omarks@rogers.com>
To: Gert van Dijken <gert@vandijken.com>

Hey Gert,
I must tell you how thankful I am and I know everyone else using your site.
You are a "good samaritan" and will be blessed for providing this service

I heard from my sister again just within the hour and was about to put
together an email for you.
She says that St. Elizabeth as a whole was severely damaged. The extent of
the damage is not known but she says because the Eye of the storm passed
just south of them they really got pounded. They began getting the wind
since 3:00 p.m. on Friday afternoon and the rain only stopped at 4:00 p.m.
this afternoon.
She hasn't heard of flooding in Santa Cruz.The town doesn't usually get the
floods however in the Southfield and Treasure Beach they are bad and were
just affected by Charley as well.
Black River 40% of homes damaged. The sea came up to street level and into
businesses. For those who know Black River they can picture the areas that
would have been included in this description. Very sad.
Many homes and buildings without entire roofs including her very close
friend (Binns) in Goshen area.  There is ankle deep water in her house.

My sister says that she cannot get through on her cell phone to anyone so
it's difficult to hear about other areas.

STETHS (high school in Santa) lost some of its roof.
Burnt Ground and areas next to it very bad as well.
She says she doesn't know how they are going to clear all the trees as it
seems every one was fallen. Every leave ripped from those still standing.
Devastation indeed.

Will keep you posted on news I hear.

- Report from a Treasure Beach Resident (Jamaica) (fwd)
  • From: Gert van Dijken <gert AT vandijken.com>
  • Date: Sun, 12 Sep 2004 16:27:00 -0400 (EDT)

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Sun, 12 Sep 2004 13:18:19 -0700
From: TBNet Webmaster <webmaster@treasurebeach.net>
Subject: Report from a Treasure Beach Resident (Jamaica)

TreasureBeach.Net just got our first report from someone in Treasure
Beach, St Elizabeth.

Overall, everyone is OK, but there is a report of a death. There is
massive damage, but the residents are in good spirits and helping each

You can see all the messages posted in the last 24 hours here:

We'll be updating TBNet as more info comes in.


- Hurricane Ivan - Jamaica Update #4
  • From: CDERA Information Unit <pubinfo AT cdera.org>
  • Date: Sun, 12 Sep 2004 17:17:00 GMT
ISSUED BY:  Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency (CDERA)
DATE:  September 12, 2004
TIME:  1:00 pm


Barbados, Sept. 12, 2004 (CDERA) – At 11 am Eastern Caribbean Time the core of 
Hurricane Ivan was over 200 mile west of Montego Bay, Jamaica.  All warnings 
and watches have been discontinued for Jamaica as weather conditions continue 
to improve. Small marine vessels should remain in port until sea conditions 
return to normal.  Hurricane Ivan has caused some level of damage to virtually 
all areas in Jamaica.


The National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) reported extensive damage to 
house roofs and roads.

Fallen utility poles and trees made several roads impassable.  Damage to 
coastal roads in the east was primarily due to storm surges and flooding.  
There were also reports of persons trapped in homes due to roof collapse.

Fifteen (15) confirmed deaths and several injuries due to fallen trees or 
damaged roofs.

Preliminary reports indicate widespread damage in the areas of housing and 
infrastructure.  Numerous landslides across the country are also being reported.

It is anticipated that both international airports will be re-opened by this 

Light and water services remain unavailable whilst supply and distribution 
systems are being checked.

It is anticipated that residents evacuated from Port Royal community will be 
returned when the clearing of the Palisadoes Road is completed.  Residents from 
the Portmore community are being allowed to return.  Reports from the eastern 
coastal areas remain sketchy.

STIREPs from Jamaica are continually being shared with the Donor Community to 
inform considerations for support.

The CDERA CU has established amateur radio station with the support of the 
Barbados Amateur Radio Society, specifically for communicating with Jamaica.

Early indications are that the Caribbean Disaster Response Unit (CDRU) (2) may 
no longer be required based on preliminary information. However, the Unit 
remains on standby to assist Jamaica if the situation changes.

The CDERA CU continues to issue SITREPs on Hurricane Ivan, which may be viewed 
at www.cdera.org. The UN/CHA Reliefweb service is also posting SITREPs at 

Jeremy Collymore
Coordinator, CDERA
Tel: (246) 425-0386

Donovan Gentles
Preparedness and Response Manager
Tel: (246) 425-0386

Terry Ally
Public Education and Information Specialist
Tel: (246) 425-0386

  • From: ORINTHIA MARKS <omarks AT rogers.com>
  • Date: Sun, 12 Sep 2004 12:12:53 -0400
Hi Gert,
I couldn't get this posted so maybe you can.
I have just spoken to my sister in Santa Cruz. The cell phones are back.
Severe damage in Santa Cruz area and Goshen so far as she can see. She is
on her way to the south. Lots of homes without roofs but people are
helping each other. No mention of flooding but most light poles down and
they were driving from Santa Cruz in a SE direction. She said that Goshen
is very badly damaged. I will send out more information as I get it

- Ivan Moves Across Jamaica - The Jamaica Observer (fwd)
  • From: Gert van Dijken <gert AT vandijken.com>
  • Date: Sun, 12 Sep 2004 11:49:34 -0400 (EDT)

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Sat, 11 Sep 2004 19:28:18 -0700
From: Carmen Padgett
Subject: Ivan Moves Across Jamaica  - The Jamaica Observer

Here is a link to The Jamaica Observer.  It provides some update information as 
well as photographs.
Prayers and Blessings to all that have been affected.



- Aftermath - Ivan
  • From: " George Scarlett" <george.scarlett AT cwjamaica.com>
  • Date: Sun, 12 Sep 2004 06:50:09 -0500
 On Saturday afternoon following the onslaught of IVAN, on Friday night to Saturday morning, I took a drive around Kingston and St.Andrew and have a few photo to show.
In my estimation Ivan delivered much less that I had expected. For the most part there were downed trees and some damage fences and roofs - Ivan was terrible to trees.
At my office at Cable & Wireless NPW on the South Western side of Kingston we lost 19 trees but the building was intact and the stockyard and it's content  - in the open - was in impeccable condition.
I must say thanks to my staff who worked up until 6pm on Thursday (despite the official closure at 1PM) to properly secure the items that would have been in the open.
During my drive around the worse effect on electricity/telecom lines were in Hellshire where on the main road most of the poles were down. Surprisingly my friends in Hellshire could still be reached by their landline.
Electricity and water is still out in all areas. Most telephones lines  - landline and CW Mobile - work.
George Scarlett
Portmore St. Catherine

Cable yard intact.JPG

Down Trees NPW.JPG

Frantic gas purchasers just after Ivan.JPG

NCB New Kingston Shutters could not stiop IVAN.JPG

Stockyard intact office roof peeled.JPG

- Hurricane Ivan Damage Pictures
  • From: "Rebecca Stauter" <rstauter AT olympvs.com>
  • Date: Sat, 11 Sep 2004 19:42:48 -0400

Attached are some pictures of Hurricane Ivan – during the storm and after the storm.  Like I said, lots of downed trees but you can see from these pictures that the homes are still in very good condition. 

Notice the satellite dish is sitting in the top of a tree.  It blew off the roof of the house behind the dish in the picture.  As you can see – we were very lucky in Kingston.  On the drive to New Kingston, the damage seen was the same as shown in these pictures.  Some street signs and billboards were blown down and lots of trees and tree debris – but buildings were still in very good shape.  Thanks again for everyone’s prayers and thoughts.  My prayers are with the people of Cayman and the states.  Maybe the same miracle that saved Jamaica will save Cayman from this now category 5 storm as well.  My heart still goes out to Grenada – that island is truly devastated.  All Jamaicans should realize how lucky we were by simply checking out the destruction and damage our sister island suffered. 



Rebecca Stauter


Pictures can be found here

- Ivan's Effect In Kingston
  • From: "Rebecca Stauter" <rstauter AT olympvs.com>
  • Date: Sat, 11 Sep 2004 17:58:17 -0400

4:45pm – The worst of the Ivan has passed us in Kingston.  We are still being pounded with heavy rain but the wind has died down to a medium breeze – still gusty at times but nothing in comparison to last night’s winds.  We have been able to get out and drive through New Kingston to assess the damage to our office.  Kingston has fared the storm well.  I did not see any structural damage to homes or offices other than a few windows that were blown out of the Hilton Hotel and tiles blown off of a couple of roofs.  There are trees down blocking several roads but I didn’t see any power lines or utility poles down.  I am hearing on the radio that 11 lives were lost due to the storm.  We in Kingston are very lucky to have been spared the worst of Ivan.  Could it be that those majestic Blue Mountains interfered with Ivan’s path and steered the storm south?  The power is out everywhere so we are operating off our generator. 

I have been in touch with our friends in Port Antonio and they are reporting the same type of damage we have in Kingston – downed trees blocking roads and a couple of downed utility poles.  The Blue Lagoon is now the Brown Lagoon but the restaurant and dive shop are still intact.  Very little damage to most homes but there were a couple of tin roofed houses that lost their roofs.  I did take pictures during and after the storm and will download them soon and send them through stormcarib. 

Thanks for all the prayers and positive thoughts.  They were answered in the fact that we were truly spared what could have been the winds that may have produced catastrophic results.  I must say the radio stations and Cable and Wireless have done an excellent job of keep lines of communication flowing to those outside of Jamaica as well as those of us in Jamaica. 


Rebecca Stauter


  • From: CDERA Information Unit <pubinfo AT cdera.org>
  • Date: Sat, 11 Sep 2004 17:07:50 GMT
ISSUED BY: Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency (CDERA)
DATE: September 11, 2004
TIME: 11.00am

Ivan impacts Jamaica
Hurricane Ivan began impacting Jamaica yesterday morning and at 11.00a.m today 
the system, a category 4 hurricane is still doing so. The island was spared the 
full impact of the storm as the eye passed along the South-West Coast of the 
The system is slowly moving away from the island and strong winds are likely to 
continue for several hours. 

The National Disaster Office has informed the CDERA Coordinating Unit of the 

1.      Approximately 10,000 persons weathered the storm in 285 shelters

2.      Power and water supply were shut down for safety

3.      Telephone service is still functioning

4.      International support teams from OFDA, UNDAC and IFRC were 
pre-positioned in Jamaica for rapid response if necessary

5.      An initial assessment will be conducted after the all clear is issued.


The Regional Response Mechanism is currently activated and the Caribbean 
Disaster Response Unit (CDRU) team remains on standby. 

The CDERA CU continues to issue SITREPs on Hurricane Ivan which may be viewed 
at www.cdera.org.


Jeremy Collymore
Coordinator, CDERA
Tel: (246) 425-0386

Donovan Gentles
Preparedness & Response Manager, CDERA
Tel: (246) 425-0386

Terry Ally
Public Education & Information Specialist, CDERA
Tel: (246) 425-0386

- Jamaica after Ivan
  • From: "marjorie-ann knight" <knightmja AT hotmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 11 Sep 2004 15:10:44 +0000
Hi Gert,

My name is Marjorie Knight and I am in Cambridge Ontario in Canada.  I just 
got off the phone with my sister in Kingston, just off Hope road near 
Campion College.  They survived the night, it was scary, no trees left 
standing in their yard, fortunately, the trees fell away from the house.  
Ihave had word from family from different points in Kingston, red hills 
road, up near Stella Maris school, up in stony Hill- golden grove I think it 
is.  They are all fine, they have some damage, but are fine.  There are 
unconfirmed reports of 2 (two) deaths so far.

They have not been able to get thru to family in Mavis bank, as the road 
past papine is totally blocked by downed power lines and posts.  The cell 
phones are out, so they have not been able to contact any one that side.

We continue to wait.  Power 106 was a rock for us expatriates all night 

We continue to Pray many prayers were answered last night, the eye stayed 
away.....now for Cayman!  STAY SAFE!


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- RE: Ivan jamaica
  • From: Gert van Dijken <gert AT vandijken.com>
  • Date: Sat, 11 Sep 2004 10:56:38 -0400 (EDT)

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Sat, 11 Sep 2004 10:51:48 -0400
From: henrique AT cwjamaica.com
Subject: RE: Ivan jamaica

 Somehow we survived and lived through a night of extreme terror.

We went through a day and night of unimaginable fury of nature, words
fail me to describe the experience.
The sounds were as if a jumbo jet takes of and passes 10 m above your
Because of the slowing forward moving of Ivan we were pounded at 150
miles p.h. for many, many hours more than predicted last night.

Damage is unbelievable.

Shelters are filled with thousands of people, they are running out of
food and the radio stations appeal to citizens as soon as the storm has
passed to donate food to the shelters.
That will not be before this evening.

Somehow phone lines and internet systems have held up.

"Big up" C&W of Jamaica and Digicel.
They can certainly advertise their equipment as hurricane safe.

Right now we don't know if there were casualties as the entire island is
inundated, all roads are blocked, bridges have come down, big areas are
flooded and mud slides are covering large areas.

Some shelters could not stand up to the winds and people had to be
relocated in the height of the storm.
How that was done I don't know as you cannot walk in 150 miles of storm.

Hospitals were damaged and patients had to be relocated in Mobay
Cornwall and Kingston KPH and Jubilee.

The Prime Minister declared Jamaica a national disaster and implemented
a Public Emergency, restricting freedom of movement and assembly.
This is done to protect the citizens from looting.
We are thankful for that as we feel a lot safer this way.

Looting is going on right now but the police is very, very vigilant and
adopts a no nonsense approach, we are thankful for that.

In the height of the storm several heavily armed gangs of criminals were
engaging the security forces in gun battles in Kingston, endangering the
security forces' lives.

The security forces along with the Government agencies did a magnificent

Some areas are simply flattened, the Community of Windsor has not one
roof left, including the church which served as a shelter, people have
nowhere to go and the winds and rain are pounding on.
Almantown in Kingston is flat.

The roads all over the island are inundated, bridges destroyed.
Communities cannot be reached.
Banana plantations are flat, for that matter our "food basket" in
general is destroyed.

Our hearts go out to Cayman and Florida.

Please consider Ivan as the most dangerous storm you can imagine.
Double check your preparations, you will need it.
One word of advice: when people start to feel the terror and fear for
their lives as we have last night, psychology comes into play.
Hold the children tight as they may be scared beyond belief.
Also tempers can flare out of fear, prayers helped us to cope and stay
half way calm and stay together as a group.

By tomorrow we will know more about the damage but I fear it will
resemble Grenada.

Barbara Henriques

- Ocho Rios still blowing
  • From: "Sue Warnke" <fido1223 AT hotmail.com>
  • Date: Sat, 11 Sep 2004 02:57:07 -0500
It is almost 3 am and Ivan is still howling out there. We have lost about 8 
trees in our yard and from the reports on the radio, the worst is yet to 
come.  With the eye passing further south than predicted, we will be spared 
some of the strongest winds. Give Thanks!

A lot of people have lost their homes, although I have not heard of any 
casualties. Please keep all of us in your thoughts and prayers and we 
weather this storm tonight.

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- Ivan the terrible
  • From: "Richard May" <rmay AT cwjamaica.com>
  • Date: Sat, 11 Sep 2004 00:43:24 -0500 (Eastern Standard Time)
Ok folks it is 12:30am Saturday morning and Ivan is howling up a storm ... no pun intended! There are sounds outside that make gang wars and gun fights seem tolerable. The winds have definitely picked up here in Montego Bay and things like trees have learnt to walk freely. No vehicles on the road at this time, minimal rain it actually comes in waves of medium drizzles. The wind however, is constant, consistent and makes the Gilbert of 1988 seem as if it was a whirlwind by comparison ... the fact that this is all happening at night, without power does not make it any easier to bear.
In summary, I honestly can only write from what I hear outside, and from the sounds it doesn't sound like I will see much of anything in the morning. I can say that billboards that were in view of my house are gone with the wind. My car alarm has gone off numerous times just from the sheer force of the wind but I guess 140mph winds will do that to any vehicle!
The news has just indicated that Ivan has reduced its traverse speed to 17kmh and that it should become a CCAT5 hurricane before it actually makes landfall. I should note that with all the noise and wind and all I have mentioned here, the storm is still about 90 miles way from montego Bay ... so in a sense its only just begun!
For the persons who asked earlier about the hotels in Montego Bay, at this time I can just say that if they are by the sea, then they are going to be closed for a little while after Ivan is gone. The waves coming into Mobay were not small when the wind was lower, and now that it has really picked up I would imagine that the waves have also grown somewhat.
The scientist in me wants to say that Ivan is the perfect example of a well composed hurricane system ... a beautiful storm, on the other hand, my human side will ask what gate of hell it escaped from.

- Update from Ocho Rios
  • From: "Sue Warnke" <fido1223 AT hotmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 10 Sep 2004 21:14:30 -0500
It is getting pretty rough in Upton, which is 3 km south of Ocho Rios. I 
just spoke with a friend who is "roughing it out" on the coast and she said 
it is very windy and they can hear the sea roaring. About 15 minutes ago the 
wind and rain really picked up, although it is so dark it is hard to see 
what is going on out there. Thanks to all who have called and e-mailed. I 
will try to get back to all of you when this is over.  From the looks of the 
radar, the worst is still yet to come. The radio was announcing instances of 
looting in Kingston, Spanish Town and Montego Bay and they are predicting 
that we will be under these storm conditions until tomorrow at 6 pm. This 
will probably be my last post until tomorrow, if we still have phone lines.

Emergency numbers for St. Ann's Bay and surrounding areas are:
Red Cross: 972-1938
Parish Emergency Management: 972-2331 / 974-8912 / 909-4469

To all our friends in Jamaica, stay safe and we will contact you Saturday. 
To all our family and friends elsewhere, keep praying!

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School Guide! http://special.msn.com/network/04backtoschool.armx

- NEWS RELEASE: State of emergency declared as Ivan impacts Jamaica
  • From: CDERA Information Unit <pubinfo AT cdera.org>
  • Date: Fri, 10 Sep 2004 22:55:47 GMT
ISSUED BY: Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency (CDERA)
DATE: September 10, 2004
TIME: 6:00 pm 


Barbados, Sep 10, 2004 (CDERA) – Prime Minister P.J. Patterson  has declared a 
state of emergency ahead  of the impact of dangerous category four Hurricane 

Although at 5.00pm the centre was located 80 miles south east of Jamaica Ivan 
outer rain bands had started to affect the country. Coastal areas in St. Thomas 
experienced tidal surges. Two houses have been washed away in the Logan Avenue, 
Duhaney Pen area of Morant Bay, St. Thomas.   A section of main road has been 
washed away in the vicinity of Duhaney Pen and Roselle. In Trelawny , sections 
of the Falmouth & Salt Marsh main roads are blocked. There were also reports of 
flooding in the Bogue Industrial Estate, Montego Bay in the vicinity of the 
sewage facility in the area.

Some sections of the island are without power.

More than 500,000 people were evacuated and are now being housed in 21 shelters 
across six parishes.

Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency (CDERA) has activated its Regional 
Response Mechanism which will provide support to the Emergency Operations 
Centre (EOC) in Jamaica should the need arise. CDERA has also put its Caribbean 
Disaster Response Unit (CDRU) on standby to assist the Government of Jamaica in 
relief management and reconstruction if requested.

Updated reports on the progress of hurricane Ivan as well as updated reports on 
the impact on Jamaica may be read at www.cdera.org.

Jeremy Collymore
Coordinator, CDERA
Tel: (246) 425-0386

Donovan Gentles
Preparedness and Response Manager
Tel: (246) 425-0386

Terry Ally
Public Education and Information Specialist
Tel: (246) 425-0386

- News Notes
  • From: <pcwick AT gmx.net>
  • Date: Fri, 10 Sep 2004 17:36:57 -0500
Gert, I do not live in the islands.  I am in the Ozark region of the USA.  I
took the following notes while listening to the Power106 5PM internet news


Power106 continues to broadcast over the net.  Friday evening 5PM newscast
notes: Many citizens have refused to seek shelter and otherwise follow
directives of public officials.  The Prime Minister has declared a "State of
Public Emergency" to last one month in which citizens's "freedom of
assembly", "freedom from search", "freedom of movement", and "other
freedoms" will be suspended.  Much discension and division among the
citizenry.  Numerous roads on the island are blocked by fallen trees,
flooding and high seas.  Hanover Bridge blocked by bamboo trees that have
"washed into the mouth of the bridge." Power has been shut off on the island
by JPS.  One man being treated for gunshot wounds that occurred in a
shelter.  Water supply in some areas already being disrupted.  KPH hospital
has moved patients to more secure area as roof is leaking.  Hospital working
with skeleton staff and attempts to reduce patient population by half were
not very successful.  Cell phones systems expected to fail.  Port Royal
residents are refusing to leave because they have faith that God will
protect them.  Port Royal is especially vulnerable to storm surge.  In
Dominican Republic four children swept to sea and killed by high waves from
Ivan who was over 200 miles away.  Citizens warned repeatedly that the worst
conditions are yet to come.  Jamacian meteorologist estimates current winds
in Jamaica at 140km (87 mph).

The link for Power 106 is: www.go-jamaica.com/power/ - Gert

- Jamacian nationals working at Pontins in UK
  • From: John.Vaux AT pontins.com
  • Date: Fri, 10 Sep 2004 22:52:36 +0100

My name is Jonathan and I am the night manager here at Pontins Prestatyn in the
UK.  We have a lot of Jamaicans working here if anyone wants to past them a
message as they are desperate for news please give me their name and a message
and I will pass it on.  If they work for another Pontins site let me know and I
will forward it on.  Stay safe and our thoughts are with you.


- Correspondence - Ivan
  • From: "Richard May" <rmay AT cwjamaica.com>
  • Date: Fri, 10 Sep 2004 15:03:12 -0500 (Eastern Standard Time)
Hello Gert;
I am Richard, and I live in Montego Bay. Whilst we are not sure how much longer we have electricity and telephone services, I'd just like to say that at 2:50pm EST Montego Bay is heavily overcast with mild to moderate wind gusting and sporadic but frequent rain squalls and medium intensity showers. There are still a few vehicles still on the road but they seem to be hurrying to wherever they are going.I am directly overlooking the Sangster Intl. Airport and have a 180 degree view of the coastline from my home. The seas are already looking a little more choppy than they were this morning and I guess with the hurricane this close one should expect this. Driving through by the sea this morning the water was calm and was like a sheet of glass ... never have I seen the water in Montego Bay that calm, never. It gives and eerie feeling of what is to come when the ocean wakes up later this evening. Our local news channel TVJ showed footage of 18+ foot waves in Kingston (the anticipated point of landfall for the eye if Ivan continues on it current path). The entire island is having rain and the Prime Minister has requested that the Governor General declares a state of emergency asap.
All said, I think for those of us who remember Gilbert we have an idea of what to expect - bearing in mind that Ivan's sustained winds are as strong as Gilbert's gusts at the time! For the rest of the country where there seems to be stubborn persons, we may have a few persons who will learn the hard way and even more sadly who may not be around to put into practice what they may learn from Ivan.
Richard May
Director - Environmental Affairs
Sandals Resorts International
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- Hurricane Ivan
  • From: "Clarence Chin-Fatt" <cfchinfatt AT cwjamaica.com>
  • Date: Fri, 10 Sep 2004 13:21:09 -0400
Just starting to get some rain & heavy winds in Corporate Area. Advisory expects people to be off the roads by the latest 6pm. Portmore & Port Royal residents are at greatest risk of sea surge- from yesterday they were advised to evacuate.

- From Whitehouse Westmoreland
  • From: "Ann Lyons - Culloden Cafe" <lyons AT cwjamaica.com>
  • Date: Fri, 10 Sep 2004 13:24:35 -0500
I am getting more e-mail than I can handle with people wondering what's what here. The news is there is no news - a little rain - no wind and the sea is looking a little angry. It is low tide now so it isn't alarming.  All reports seem to be saying we are in for the worst of the worst on the south coast and I am sure they are correct but we don't see it as yet.
The area is very quiet with everyone WAITING! And since Ivan has slowed so much it looks like we may waiting into the night. I think a bottle of good old Jamaican rum is called for. We still have power and phones so I will write as I can.
Ann Lyons
The South Coast

- cnn website article/Jamaicans not using shelters
  • From: Christian Smith <ctoddsmith AT yahoo.com>
  • Date: Fri, 10 Sep 2004 10:50:34 -0700 (PDT)
Still, it seems most Jamaicans told to evacuate aren't
heeding the order.

Officials told about 500,000 of the nation's 2.7
million people in low-lying areas to leave their
homes. On Friday morning, 300 people were in shelters.

It is not known if some people moved in with relatives
or friends in mountainous regions.

"We are concerned," said Barbara Carby, of Jamaica's
Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency
Management. "We called for the evacuation in the first
place because we feared for their safety. But
historically, people have been very reluctant to
evacuate. Most people seem to prefer to ride things
out where they live."

With just a few hours to go before the storm hits
land, panic-buying created long lines for supplies in
the Jamaican capital of Kingston.

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- Jamaica continues to wait
  • From: " George Scarlett" <george.scarlett AT cwjamaica.com>
  • Date: Fri, 10 Sep 2004 12:32:58 -0500
Here in Jamaica at 12:30 PM Friday September 10 we are still waiting on IVAN to arrive. The waves have been kicking up especially on the eastern side of the island but for the most part it is occasional drizzle to mild showers - no wind of significance.
It now appears that it will be tonight before there is landfall - if at all. All persons in Jamaica should use these last few precious moments to complete there preparation.
George Scarlett
St. Catherine

- Pictures from Kingston
  • From: "Rebecca Stauter" <rstauter AT olympvs.com>
  • Date: Fri, 10 Sep 2004 12:51:34 -0400

The wind gusts have REALLY picked up in the last few minutes.  I am guessing they are now gusting around the 60mph range.  Attached are some pictures, again taken from my current location as I can’t move about in the winds.  You can get an idea of the wind gusts blowing the Palms and Coconut trees and the waters that are rushing down the road from the mountains.  Our power is still going off and on – and believe it or not I can hear power saws and hammering in the hills.  People are still preparing for the full impact even during these winds!  Amazing! 

I want to get these out before we lose power for good.  Keep praying for us – conditions are deteriorating quickly here.



Rebecca Stauter

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Water running down the mountain 11 Sept. 1145 hours

- Update from Ocho Rios
  • From: "Sue Warnke" <fido1223 AT hotmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 10 Sep 2004 12:17:36 -0500
We just took a drive through Ocho Rios and everything is very quiet. There 
are few people on the street and alll of the businesses are closed and 
boarded up. The sea is getting pretty rough, but I have seen it a lot worse. 
The wind closer to the sea seems to be gusting a lot stronger than up in the 
hills and there are small branches and leaves down, but nothing large. It is 
currently getting windy and a little rain is falling. There seems to be an 
almost electric air of anticipation as Ivan slows down….my daughter said 
that the waiting is the worse part.  To all of our friends and family we ask 
you to pray for the safety of the Jamaican people. More later as things 

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- Ivan jamaica
  • From: <henrique AT cwjamaica.com>
  • Date: Fri, 10 Sep 2004 11:32:43 -0400



Barbara Henriques


Hi Gert, long time no contact but we did not have to.

This time our luck ran out and that thoroughly!!!

The Gamaican government tries hard to prevent the worst but they can only do so much.

There are still people who refuse to move from flood proned areas and others who think “we will just get rain”.

Most Jamaicans are very concerned and prepared as best they could.


The radio stations are doing an exceptional job by keeping us abreast of will  come and what is going on.


Right now at 10:23 a.m. the rain has started and some gusty winds try to tell us that Ivan the Terrible is approaching.

You hardly see birds, always an indication that something is not right, they know and flee.

I saw flocks fleeing towards the east of us… wish I could fly.


We need a lot of good luck to come out of this one alife.


I have “to big up” the Government of JA.


They are very prepared and if all people followed their advice, lots could be prevented probably not in the sense of material things such as houses but regarding loss of life.


Will contact you again if the internet holds up.



- Ivan Update
  • From: "Rebecca Stauter" <rstauter AT olympvs.com>
  • Date: Fri, 10 Sep 2004 12:02:30 -0400

10:55 a.m. – we have just experienced power fluctuations in Kingston.  The power has been going on and off for the past 5 minutes so I’m not sure how much longer I will be able to keep everyone updated.  I know that people are very concerned about friends and family in Jamaica.  Please know that everyone appears to be well prepared for this storm.  Nobody is taking this lightly as far as I can tell.  I am happy to give you updates via phone in the event that our power does go off for good and I can no longer keep updates via stormcarib.com.  You may reach me via land line at 876.978.9563 – as long as the phones are working.  The winds and rain remain the same as my last report – steady rain, heavy at times and bursts of gusty winds.  The winds are still not steady in my location (Cherry Gardens, Kingston).  The trees at the top of the mountain we live on are being bent by the winds but the trees around us are not being affected so much as yet.  We have heard radio reports that Portmore is experiencing flooding and emergency evacuations are taking place.  I can’t see Portmore from my location so these reports can’t be confirmed by me but they are being reported on the radio.  We are also hearing that mudslides are taking place in Port Antonio – again, I can’t confirm these reports but I will say that we have dear friends who live in Port Antonio and we haven’t been able to reach them this morning so I am quite concerned.  Updates will continue to come as long as things develop and I am able to access the internet.

Thank you for all the prayers and well wishes I have received. 


Rebecca Stauter


- Increasing Winds in Kingston
  • From: "Rebecca Stauter" <rstauter AT olympvs.com>
  • Date: Fri, 10 Sep 2004 10:44:09 -0400

9:30 a.m. – The winds are increasing in Kingston.  Still coming in bursts but more frequent bursts than at 6:00 this morning.  Attached is a picture taken from the street in front of our house that shows the waves coming into the Kingston harbor this morning.  We are situation in the mountains some distance from the harbor and the picture is at 8X zoom.   More information as things progress on this end. 




Rebecca Stauter

Venue Development Department

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fax - 876.927.7910


Kingston Waves 11 Sept. 0900 hours.JPG

- From Whitehouse Westmoreland
  • From: "Ann Lyons - Culloden Cafe" <lyons AT cwjamaica.com>
  • Date: Fri, 10 Sep 2004 07:00:57 -0500
O.K. - Still have power - I was misinformed, sorry. I will just report what I see from now on.  The clouds are low and the sea is high. No rain yet. The breeze is a little gusty but still not unusual. The sea is the most remarkable thing right now - high and heavy waves. I hope all out fishermen are in and safe.  More as there is something to report.
Ann Lyons
Culloden Cafe

- It has begun
  • From: "Rebecca Stauter" <rstauter AT olympvs.com>
  • Date: Fri, 10 Sep 2004 07:03:20 -0400

6:00 a.m. – The rain is coming down in Kingston but no strong winds as yet – oops!.....as I just wrote that some gusts are coming through right now.  The cloud cover is eerie – dark with some light patches showing through and moving quickly.  I will update as things progress.  It’s going to be a long day in Jamaica. 



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- RE: ivan closing in.....
  • From: "telavi" <telavi AT mail.gotelja.com>
  • Date: Thu, 9 Sep 2004 22:35:55 -0700

well, it seems the whip tail of ivan has begun affecting the island of jamaica.

the northern eastern parish of portland is currently under heavy showers 
coupled with high winds, floods and landslides.....already many have been 
evacuated from  flooded homes to shelters setup within the parish.

With the gridlock traffic now melted the city of kingston echoes an unuusual 
stillness...almost pensive tension as the prepared and unprepared alike brace 
nervously for ivan.


- Re: Jamaica weather Outlook
  • From: Edson Brown <colorapx AT yahoo.com>
  • Date: Thu, 9 Sep 2004 20:21:02 -0700 (PDT)

At approximately 9:42 pm in Jamaica thing here are pretty calm no rain as net, with  sky looking a little reddish in color and persons near and in low pond area moving to higher grounds along with elderly persons.

While others are seen batting down windows roofs,cutting down tress,etc.

 Hammers are still been heard on house trying to secure them form the hurricane in the hours of  10:05 pm.

500,000 person are expected to evacuate to shelters in Port more.

St Elizabeth was affected by the storm that pass Jamaica a couple of days, leaving farmers Fields flooded. The grounds are saturated by waters.

As things happen i will let you know.

Any Questions feel free to ask.   

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- Date with destiny
  • From: "Dervon Fowler" <dervon AT anngel.com.jm>
  • Date: Thu, 9 Sep 2004 19:16:17 -0700
It's now 9:00pm and you could literally cut the tension and anticipation in the air, evacuations and emergency planning's are well on the way and we are as ready as we can be for whatever Ivan will dish out. It is now dead calm no wind or rain in Kingston, we all know this is a deceptive facade by Ivan but we will not be fooled, we are a resolute people and we'll survive, we may be knocked down but not out we'll pick ourselves up and rise from the debris and dust. I thank you all for your prayers, now we Wait.

- From Whitehouse in Westmoreland Jamaica
  • From: "Ann Lyons - Culloden Cafe" <lyons AT cwjamaica.com>
  • Date: Thu, 9 Sep 2004 20:03:28 -0500
Hi All - It is quiet here but I just got a call that the power may be going to be turned off island-wide soon so I wanted to let you know that it is still very quiet here in the West.
The night is as still as they get, the sea is calm, the stars are out - but we heard hammers pounding until after dark. The neighborhood is getting ready. So you may not hear anything from us soon but for now...all is well.
Ann Lyons
Culloden Cafe

- Kingston Update
  • From: "Rebecca Stauter" <rstauter AT olympvs.com>
  • Date: Thu, 9 Sep 2004 18:25:06 -0400

At 5:10pm (central time) the clouds from the very outer bands of Hurricane Ivan are starting to cover Kingston.  Some thunder can be heard in the distance but so far just a gentle breeze and bit of sprinkling.  It seems as though all in Kingston are taking this hurricane very seriously.  All of our neighbors are boarding or taping up the windows of their homes and moving all objects that could become flying missiles during the winds inside.  I will keep you posted as things develop in Kingston.  We don’t expect to get the tropical storm force winds until early morning hours here – around 5-6 a.m.  We are in touch hourly with the US Embassy in Kingston to get the latest information on the hurricane.  Attached are a couple of pictures just taken as the clouds move in.  I will continue with photo updates as the storm progresses so you can have a feel for what Jamaica is experiencing.   



Rebecca Stauter

Venue Development Department

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Kingston 9 Sept. 1700 hours.JPG

Kingston 9 Sept. 1700 hours 2.JPG

- From Westmoreland
  • From: "Ann Lyons - Culloden Cafe" <lyons AT cwjamaica.com>
  • Date: Thu, 9 Sep 2004 13:23:40 -0500
Well - the warning is issued and everyone seems to be very busy getting ready for the worst, as Ivan sounds to be. It is hard to imagine right now - it is a perfect day here - but one look at the satellite view has convinced me. The words "when Gilbert..." with Gilbert..." are flying through the air with those who are old enough to remember and they don't want to go through it again. No one needs reminding that Gilbert was a Cat. 3 storm and Ivan is 5. We will keep you posted.
Ann Lyons
Whitehouse, Westmoreland

- IVAN the terrible
  • From: "Sue Warnke" <fido1223 AT hotmail.com>
  • Date: Wed, 08 Sep 2004 21:33:30 -0500
As was his namesake, Ivan looks to be a strong and vicious conqueror.  In 
Ocho Rios this afternoon there was the usual traffic and the stores were not 
busy at all, however, most who dismissed Charley, including the Government  
are taking this storm VERY seriously! The Prime Minister in his address this 
evening stressed that we prepare not panic. Hopefully during the night Ivan 
will take another course and decide that he can't bother with Jamaica.  We 
have experienced some rain this morning and some thunder and lightning 
during the early evening hours…..but all is quiet now.

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- Information Note #9 - Hurricane Ivan threatening Jamaica
  • From: CDERA Information Unit <pubinfo AT cdera.org>
  • Date: Thu, 9 Sep 2004 03:14:00 GMT
ISSUED BY: Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency
DATE: September 8, 2004
TIME: 11:00 pm 

This is not an official weather advisory for any state

1. Hurricane Ivan which impacted the Windward Islands is now threatening 

2. The Emergency Operations Centre in Kingston is being activated Thursday.

3. The Government of Jamaica has issued a hurricane watch which indicated that 
hurricane force conditions are likely within 36 hours.

4. At 11 pm Ivan, a dangerous category 4 hurricane was located 595 miles 
east-southeast of Jamaica at latitude 13.6 north and longitude 69.1 west. Ivan 
is travelling west-northwest near 17 mph. Forecasters expect Ivan to slow his 
forward movement during the next 24 hours on his approach to Jamaica.

5. Maximum sustained winds are 145 mph and further strengthening is expected. 
Hurricane force winds extend outward to 60 miles from the center and tropical 
storm force winds to up 160 miles.

6. Detais, including forecast charts and maps are available at 

- Preparedness
  • From: Andrew Green <ochiboy AT yahoo.com>
  • Date: Wed, 8 Sep 2004 18:45:10 -0700 (PDT)
Ivan is getting mixed reviews here
Some people scared stiff and others unbelieving
I did not see any signs of panic shopping today
People waiting until tomorrow to see if this is really
going to happen
The Prime Minister just addressed the nation
announcing that the mobilisation of emergency services
has started
Schools will close from tomorrow
Some churches will be made available to serve as
All public functions from Thursday cancelled
A media center set up at the Prime Minister's office
to handle information on the hurricane
Jamaica has been hving intermittent showers for a few
days so there are heightened flooding concerns.
The joke is that a few days ago I was really worried
about how my friends in Barbados would cope. 
Instead Grenada got devastated and Jamaica is now the
prime target.
Andrew Green

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