NEPA advises the public on possible environmental impacts associated with Tropical Storm Ian

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The National Environment and Planning Agency is advising the public to take precautions as the Nation gears up for Tropical Depression 9 which is anticipated to impact Jamaica and its territorial waters.

Based on the forecast, beach operators in the parishes of St Elizabeth, Westmoreland, Hanover, and St James are being advised to secure temporary structures and other assets away from beach areas as the tropical system is expected to generate high waves and storm surges which will likely result in beach erosion along the coast.

NEPA says entities that handle and store hazardous wastes and trade effluent are advised to ensure containment systems are properly secured and otherwise have sufficient capacity so as not to cause a discharge to impact the environmental assets.

Members of the public may experience the presence of crocodiles, and other forms of wildlife, in the wider environment due to the animals being displaced from their natural habitats due to the weather event. Members of the public may call-in reports to the following number 876-754-7540 for assistance from the response team.

Residents are encouraged not to harass and/or harm the animals.