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Cablegate: Tfjm01: Jamaica: Hurricane Dean: Sitrep #1

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SUBJECT: TFJM01: JAMAICA: HURRICANE DEAN: SITREP #1

REF: (A) STATE 116204

Summary
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1.(U) As of August 18, 2007, Hurricane Dean has intensified to a
category-4 hurricane, and is predicted to approach category-5 in the
vicinity of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands. As of 1300 hours the
storm is approximately 175 miles East/Southeast of Jamaica with wind
gusts around 150 mph. The storm is expected to reach Jamaica early
Sunday morning, August 19. End Summary.

Embassy Emergency Action Committee Meets


2.(SBU) Ambassador Johnson chaired another meeting of the Emergency
Action Committee (EAC) on August 18, 2007.
Approximately 175 USG personnel remain at post, including over 100
Peace Corps Volunteers, staff, and trainees. All USG personnel will
be required to reside at the NEC chancery building or USAID building
during the actual hurricane. The Embassy will stand up a command
center at the embassy, while USAID and OFDA will set up a second
command center at the USAID building. Both sites have Satellite
phones available, in case other communication networks go down. The
Defense Attache Office (DAO) is in frequent contact with the
Jamaican Defense Force command center, and the RSO is in contact
with the Joint Constabulary Force (JCF) command center. The
Military Liaison Office (MLO) is in contact with Southcom
Headquarters and will coordinate any needed assistance after the
storm is clear.

Voluntary Departure Away
--------------------------

3.(SBU) Embassy Kingston's Management Section reports wheels up on
the American Airline flight with all personnel leaving on authorized
departure. The flight departed from Kingston's Manley Airport at
approximately 1130 hours on August 18, and has a planned stop at
Montego Bay's Sangster International Airport to take on additional
private passengers before flying to Miami, FL.


Location of Chief of Mission Personnel
--------------------------------------

4.(SBU) All Kingston area Peace Corps Volunteers will report to the
New Embassy Compound (NEC) by 1500 hours today, and will stay until
the EAC decides the situation is safe for them to return to their
hotel rooms. The EAC will meet again today at 1600 hours to
determine if all Chief of Mission employees will be required to stay
at the NEC starting tonight or at a later time Sunday, August 19.
All Chief of Mission Employees and family members remaining in
Jamaica are authorized to remain at the NEC until further notice.


5.(SBU) FMO reports the fuel supply is at about 80% and he expects
full generator capacity for 3-5 days, afterwards the second
generator will take over and direct all remaining power to the NEC
safe haven. GSO reports personnel are working to purchase
additional supplies for personnel staying in the Embassy, and have
already procured over 45 cots as well as several air mattresses.

6.(SBU) RSO has made special arrangements with the local guard force
for protection of the NEC site, official facilities, and residences.
RSO and ARSO/I are on site at post; ARSO has PCS departed post.
MSG T/O is at full strength at 1/5. RSO has made special
arrangements with the local guard force for protection of the NEC
site, official facilities, and residences. RSO and ARSO are on site
at post, ARSO has PCS departed post. MSG T/O is at full strength at
1/5.

Government of Jamaica's Response

7.(SBU) After a three hour National Disaster Committee meeting,
Friday, August 17, Prime Minister Portia Simpson-Miller (PM PSM)has
announced all essential government personnel on leave have been
recalled. PM PSM also announced that 50 busses have been prepared
to provide transportation to shelters and that the national stadium
will be made into an additional shelter. The Jamaica Constabulary
Force (JCF) will impose a curfew in the metropolitan Kingston area
at 6:00 p.m. local time Aug. 18; diplomatic and official vehicles
and personnel will not be subject to this curfew.


KINGSTON 00001266 002 OF 003


8. As requested reftel, the following are office, mobile, and
residence telephone numbers of key officers who will have action
responsibilities:

Embassy's Hurricane Dean Control Room (at chancery)
876-702-6289

Ambassador Brenda L. Johnson
876-702-6110

DCM James Heg
876-702-6210 (m)876-1-361-1019 (r)876-978-8665}$NesbQVr2-6059 (m) 876-1-577-3340 (r)876-924-7695

GSO Lewis Clark
876-702-6374 (m)876-1-399-0709 (r)876-905-2406

GSO Al Braswell
876-702-6262 (m) 876-1-361-1034 (r) n/a

ConGen Ed Wehrli
876-702-6237 (m) 876-1-361-1045 (r)876-924-2591

Vice Consul (ACS) Tammy Davis
876-702-6234 (m) 876-1-462-8078 (r)876-924-7823

MLO Eric Valentzas
876-702-6073 (m)876-1-382-9030 (r)876-926-3690

Dep. MLO John Merli
876-702-6017 (m) 876-1-382-9031 (r)876-925-1386

DAO Randy Ramel
876-702-6071 (m)876-1-399-4063 (r)876-931-7081

IMO Howard Sparks
876-702-6092 (m) 876-1-881-7652 (r)876-924-2842

Peace Corps Dir. Howard Anderson
876-929-0495 (m)876-1-371-0590 (r)876-924-0194

USAID Dir & MDRO Jim Harmon
876-926-3645 (m)876-1-383-8905 (r)876-925-9488

OFDA Assessment Team Leader Julie Leonard
876-926-3645 (m)571-338-3776
Iridium sat: 8816-3144-6459
B-gan e-mail: jleonard@ofda.gov

PAO Pat Attkisson
876-702-6047 (m)876-1-361-1033 (r)876-925-6581

DEA ATTACHE Kelvin Jamison
876-702-6086 (m)876-1-818-7204 (r)876-905-2994

TAT Chief Roy Strunk
876-702-6089 (m) 876-1-999-4465 (r)876-931-9427

APHIS Alester Simmons
876-924-8741 (m)876-1-909-0918 (r)976-931-0333

ICE Attache Vance Callender
876-702-6094 (m)876-1-382-8486 (r)876-925-5246

USMS Thaddeus Lee
876-702-6098 (m)876-1-371-3372 (r)876-924-2370

Pol-Econ Lloyd Moss
876-702-6083 (m)876-1-361-10 (r)876-978-8973

Facilities Maintenance Officer Carroll Webb
876-702-6216 (m)876-1-877-9671 (r)876-924-2354

OBO Project Manager Jerry Jay
(m)876-1-977-2898 (r)876-924-7382

Montego Bay pre-positioned ConOffs
Gillian Apfel (m)876-570-9680

KINGSTON 00001266 003 OF 003


Hester Dredge (m)876-893-0017
(hotel)876-979-8800

Cayman Islands pre-positioned ConOff Lesley Hayden
(m)876-469-3372 (hotel)345-946-4433

JOHNSON

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