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Aug 2, 2016

What is Corozal Doing Ahead of Imminent Tropical Storm?

In Corozal, a total of ten shelters have been identified.  Personnel from the District Emergency Management Organization are in communication with residents in flood prone areas; making preparations for an evacuation should it become necessary.  News Five spoke by phone with Willard Levy this evening and he informed that the DEMO team in Corozal has been working diligently to implement an emergency plan in the days ahead.


On the Phone: Willard Levy, Emergency Coordinator, Corozal

“We have identified ten initial shelters that will be opened whenever we will be ready to take in shelterees tomorrow. We have also arranged for transportation to be available if we have to mobilize people, evacuate people in the event of any flooding. We have the available transport at hand and we have the available transport at hand and we have our personnel ready to man the shelters. Our biggest concern right now is the amount of rain that it is bringing. It will create flood situations here in Corozal in certain areas of the district and we have identified our hotspots for flooding. That is where we are more centered into making sure that we get people out on time. We are advising them, we are putting this over the social media and ensuring that they take necessary steps—if they are going to evacuate, they do it early. And we are asking them to start to make their preparations to either purchase their items and get everything ready and prepare their homes. If they are moving to shelters, they must know which shelter they will be going to and they need to do this way ahead.”


Isani Cayetano

“Having assessed the ten shelters that will be used once this weather system goes your way, are you satisfied and comfortable with the structural integrity of these individual buildings?”


On the Phone: Willard Levy

“Well we have to work with what we have in terms of shelters and these are strong enough shelters that we have. Basically like everybody knows, it’s schools that we use as shelters and we try to, wherever possible, we try to strengthen and have the shelters in a condition to take in people. We don’t put people at risk.”


As we reported, it is expected that Tropical Storm Earl, the first significant weather system this season, will make landfall between Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

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