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Nov 2, 2016

NEMO Hurricane Assistance Program Broken Down

Phillip Willoughby

Since embarking upon its Hurricane Earl relief initiative, NEMO has been criticized by residents who have been affected by the natural disaster and have not been visited by ministry personnel.  In a press conference held by Prime Minister Barrow in the wake of the storm, three forms of assistance were outlined for hurricane victims.  This afternoon, CEMO Coordinator Phillip Willoughby reiterated government’s position on how the process works.

 

Phillip Willoughby, CEMO Coordinator

“If we go back to the press conference of the prime minister at the onset of Hurricane Earl, we stated that there were three types of assistance that would be given to families or homeowners.  Either the self help, whereby families or homeowners would be given the material and they would look after the repairs themselves or a contractor would be assigned to do the repairs or it would be a complete house replacement.  What is the process?  Firstly, every homeowner’s name has to be on the database system; name, address, contact number, additional information.  Based on that an assessment is done so someone with the technical expertise would come to the resident or the homeowner, do a walkthrough.  Once that is completed it goes back to the office, contractor is assigned.  Once that contractor is assigned to do said work, another engineer or technical person would be assigned to ensure the verification of the home repair that it’s done to standard.  What does that entail?  Both the contractor or maybe the checker, the person doing the verification would do a before and an after picture.  That is then copied to a form stating all the works done, signed by the contractor and the technical person doing the verification of the work.  Upon meeting the requirements then that individual work order is sent up to Belmopan then that individual is paid or that contractor is paid.”

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