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Aug 8, 2012

Is a countrywide shutdown necessary for a category 1 hurricane?

Tonight’s question is: Is a countrywide shutdown necessary for a category one hurricane? Send your comments and responses using your SMART phones to 8686 or post your vote on our e-poll at channel5belize.com. You can also send an email with your comments to questions@channel5belize.com.

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8 Responses for “Is a countrywide shutdown necessary for a category 1 hurricane?”

  1. Seletar says:

    Necessary or not, I think NEMO and all of our security agencies did a great job in keeping damage to an absolute minimum and showing good organization.

    I prefer to lose a few hours of business and save lives, than take a chance and lose lives.

  2. Vuk says:

    I believe that, if a hurricane is that weak, such a shutdown isn’t necessary; only the area that’s being directly affected should experience something like that. Now, I don’t disregard the dangers that come with a hurricane of any strength, but people’s lives throughout the country shouldn’t be interrupted like that if the strength of the storm isn’t up to par.

  3. marco says:

    I think NEMO did a great job and applaud them for it. Gradually everything returned to normalcy as NEMO saw that Ernesto was not an imminent threat to the entire country. These natural phenomenons are unpredictable, remember Hurricane Mitch?

  4. Joe says:

    I agree with Vuk to some point. But I can bet you that if at last minute the storm changes and that area which is not prepared gets mangled — AHA – then everyone will blame NEMO.

    NEMO is doing a great job. One Nation One people. Together we move forward.

    The ones not affected should get ready to assist the affected ones.

  5. jah guide says:

    Most def this country needs to be shut down on any type of pending threat that puts a storm anywhere near our border .. be it a cat 1 or 5, just like joe says… if the country doesnt prepare properly n the storm or cat 1 moves in an unexpected direction and lives are lost, we will all blame NEMO for not preparing, when we can just take the time to prep n have evryone ready just in case, i THINK AS LONG AS THE STORM OR HURICANE POSES ANY THREAT TO ANY PART OF THE COUNTRY AT LEAST, THE LEAST WE SHUD DO IS TO B THERE WAITING FOR IT TO PASSS… LETS NOT B D MODERN DAY EXAMPLE OF HURRICANE GILBERT… BCS CHANGES IN DIRECTION DOES HAPPPEN….

  6. Gary says:

    Yeah, I do agree fully with the shut down because this time like many others, we were spared so most people would want to speculate and say now they don’t think it was necessary. But what would have happened if we weren’t prepared and the storm shifted which they do without any warning and came to us. My only problem was that since they already had us in emergency mode, I was very disappointed when they gave the all clear from six(6) the morning. NEMO should have taken that into consideration and given us some time to get ourselves back to normal before giving the all clear which required us going back to work…

  7. fluff says:

    While i believe a country wide shut down was not necessary, such localized action are deemed neceesary to preserve and prevent the loss of lives. In such instances the authority (NEMO) is staffed with people who make EDUCATED decision based on the weather forcast. It’s difficult to perform a balancing act because if you over prepare people see it as a waste and if you under prepare people see it as a massive failure. What Then?

  8. proud belizean says:

    while i believe that a country wide shut down was not necessary i support localized shut down. The authority (NEMO) is staffed with people who make EDUCATED decisions based on available weather patterns and forecast to preserve and protect lives. It’s difficult to perform a balancing act when if you over prepared it’s deemed a waste of time and if you under prepare it’s a massive failure. What then?

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