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Prevent Mosquito Breeding

Let's all do our part in helping to stop the spread of mosquito borne diseases by eliminating mosquito breeding area.

Ways you can help eliminate mosquito breeding grounds:
  1. Dispose of old tires, buckets and other containers in your yard that may collect water.
  2. Fill in tree rot holes and hollow stumps that hold water.
  3. Drill holes into the bottom of tire swings.

 

 

Chikungunya Virus

MESSAGE FROM THE MINISTRY OF HEALTH

The Ministry Of Health has informed the public that the first suspected imported case of the Chikungunya Virus is present in Jamaica.  Everyone is encouraged to read and share the following information with co-workers, neighbours and friends while being vigilant about the environment.  Steps are to be taken to reduce the likelihood of encouraging the growth of mosquitoes.  

There are now two confirmed cases of imported Chikungunya Virus in Jamaica.  As such, please read the following information received from the Ministry of Health and act accordingly.

Please note that the strategies are the same as that of Dengue Prevention because both illnesses are caused by the same mosquito species.

Chikungunya Virus

Chikungunya is transmitted to people by mosquitoes.
 

Symptoms

Most people infected with the Chikungunya virus will develop some symptoms and usually begin 3–7 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito.

Read more: Chikungunya Virus

Get your utility bills online

For residents who have problems with their utility bills consistently arriving late, you can always check them online.

NWC (Water)

Have your account number ready then go to www.nwcjamaica.com .Click on the menu link "Query bill online".

JPS (Electricity)

Your electricity bill can be sent to you via email. To request this service send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your name, customer/premises number, email address and a brief note indicating you want to receive your bill via email. A text message reminder of the due amount can also be sent to your cellphone upon request.

Cable & Wireless (Telephone and Internet)
Sign up for cable & Wireless eService and be able to check all your Cable & Wireless bills online. Visit their website:
http://www.LIME.com

DigicelGo to www.digiceljamaica.com and click on the "My Digicel" from here you can check and pay your digicel bills via their online bill manager. http://www.digiceljamaica.com/my_digicel/bill_splash.php.
Also you can get your Digicel bills emailed to you, to request this service send an email with your phone number to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 

Be prepared for emergencies

 Neighbours who know each other can be a big help in times of crisis. It might be time when you need help during a robbery, when you need someone to watch your kids while you go to the hospital or when your water pipe break or you have a fire at home. Here are some things you can do to best prepare so you can get help during these times.

  1. Know the phone numbers of your neighbours so you can call them if you need help.

  2. Exchange work and cell phone numbers with your neighbours in case something happens during the day.

3. Provide a next-door neighbour with the name of a close relative.

 4. Find out who on your block has special skills, such as law enforcement, health care or plumbing, and share the information with others on your block.

5. Find out who on your block has specialise equipment such as power tool, extra long ladders etc. and are willing to lend them out in case of an emergency.

 6. Check on your neighbours when there is a big storm or hurricane to make sure that they are okay.

 7. Protect your family and house by having first aid kits, fire extinguisher, and other emergency equipment in an easy-to-find spot.

 8. Participate in your community neighbourhood watch\ community security program.

How to Avoid Car Theft and Break-Ins

Theft is most often a crime of opportunity - if your car looks easy to break into or steal, thieves will be drawn to it.

Instructions:

* STEP 1: Park your car in an area that is well-lit and near lots of people.
* STEP 2: Keep the windows rolled up and the car locked, even if it's
          parked at your own house.
* STEP 3: Keep valuables in your car hidden. Consider buying a removable
          stereo face to keep in your trunk or carry with you.
* STEP 4: Consider buying a visible mechanical locking device to lock the
          steering wheel, and/or an auto theft alarm system.
* STEP 5: Install locking lug nuts to prevent your custom wheels or externally
          mounted spare tire from being stolen.
* STEP 6: Keep in mind when purchasing a new car that some makes and models
          have a higher incidence of theft than others.
* STEP 7: Keep your car registration and insurance card with you instead of
          in the glove compartment so that thieves cannot produce 
          these documents if stopped by police.
* STEP 8: Disconnect either the battery or the coil wire from the distributor
          cap if you have to leave your car unattended for an extended
          period of time. Car thieves will often not have the time or
          the desire to diagnose why the car won't start.
* STEP 9: Take your ignition keys to a locksmith or car dealer to remove the
          key number, which thieves can use to have the keys duplicated
         (jot down the number for your records first).
* STEP 10: Etch the vehicle identification number (VIN) onto the doors and
           fenders of your car with an electric engraver for
           extra protection. This helps to discourage professional car thieves,
           who will have to remove the markings to resell the car.

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