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Jun 2, 2017

CEMO Declares it is Ready for Hurricane Season

We’re two days into the hurricane season, which the Met Office predicts will be above normal with a total of fourteen named storms. On Wednesday, the City Emergency Management Organization held a pre-hurricane season launch on how to effectively manage emergencies.  The conference looked at how prepared the city is for disasters, including hurricanes and fires, and discussed the important roles of individuals and stakeholders. According to CEMO it is working with stakeholders in preparedness and training for any eventuality.

 

Wayne Usher

Wayne Usher, CEMO Coordinator

“CEMO has a lot of material now stored and ready for public dissemination. We want the public to know that they can call us to get information on any type of disasters. I think we’ve done that through having five annual symposiums of various topics. As a matter of fact, just yesterday, the Ministry of Economic Development, one of their head persons called me to answer a question on climate change for the international community.”

 

Chester Williams

ACP Chester Williams, Regional Commander, Eastern Division South

“Our primary mandate is the preservation of life and property and so when we get these calls sometimes it is after our cutoff period because when you have hurricane coming the police do have a cutoff period—that we must withdraw our officers because having them on the street, we are putting their lives in danger. When we had earl the other day, Mister Willoughby will tell you, after the cutoff period, we received over one hundred phone calls and over two hundred texts from people in low-lying areas who need to be evacuated because their house is under water, electricity deh on and water di come. And even though some of the officers were saying, “Boss things di happen out there,” we were still out there. We found the strength the courage to have gone out and still rescue these people.  But that is not to endorse that people do the same this year should we have another hurricane coming to Belize.”

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