Johnson Smith, who was speaking in the Senate mid-September in the aftermath of the recent devastation of several islands in The Bahamas by Hurricane Dorian, said efforts are continuing to reach the estimated 8,000 Jamaicans in the country.
“When you travel, register at the missions of Jamaica in the country where you are either traveling, living or working,” Johnson Smith said. “Register with the honorary consul, the embassy or high commission, so they know that you are there.”
She argued that while some persons register at the various overseas missions, The Bahamas experience, where communications were still down up to the time of Johnson Smith’s speech, calls for a formal process of knowing where Jamaicans reside so that the government can help in assisting family members at home to ascertain the safety of their loved ones more speedily.
“We are looking at creating a formal template, and to work with Caribbean airlines and travel agents, to help outgoing persons to be more conscious because whenever there is a national disaster, the ability to make contact with you is very important,” Johnson Smith told the Upper House.