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Jun 2, 2016

National Transport and Evacuation Committee Response to an Emergency

Tirso Galvez

In any response to an emergency, the National Transport and Evacuation Committee will play a very critical role. It is one of thirteen national committees, and is comprised of representatives from various agencies including the Police, municipalities, Ministry of Works and the Coast Guard. On Wednesday, as CEMO opened the Hurricane Season, National Liaison Officer Tirso Galvez explained the role of that committee.

 

Tirso Galvez, National Liaison Officer

“The Transport and Evacuation Committee as named is responsible to provide transportation during evacuation for persons in need of transportation and in respect to Belize City which is one of the main focus points, the Transport and Evacuation Committee is responsible for providing the buses to move people firstly from the cayes and then move people out of Belize City which is the coastal area. We have all the operators’ contact numbers, especially the major operators and in Belize City the arrangement is being made where persons will be evacuated from strategic pickup points. That is also done by constituencies. At those pickup points we have persons assigned to those pickup points where they will go there to pick up those people in need of transportation. The buses will be marked with signs in front of them to tell them where they will be going whenever they evacuate. One of the situations is that time is of the essence and so evacuation must be on a timely basis from the time we have been given the warning or the advice from NEMO – of course with the consent of the Chief Met Officer. The Chief Met Officer is the key person who gives that direction first and then the National Emergency Committee gives us the instruction when to start the evacuation. There’s also the first advisory which is the voluntary evacuation, then the secondary is where government provides that means of transportation.”

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