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Aug 19, 2016

How Will Assistance Be Given to Hurricane Victims?

According to Councilor Phillip Willoughby, who also heads the City Emergency Management Organization, CEMO, there is a strict process in place to assist disaster victims.


Phillip Willoughby, CEMO

“What you see on the ground are windows, plycem, two-by-four type materials and that type of thing in assisting the rapid relief that we would classify as quick fixes that maybe the homeowner can do almost immediately or by assistance from other contractors to take them back to a state of normalcy.”


Isani Cayetano

“So we are looking at quite a number of items to be distributed.  In terms of either an assessment or a process for the distribution of these items, how does that work?”


Phillip Willoughby

Phillip Willoughby

“Well first, we had the initial assessment done by the DANA team and others from [the Ministry of] Human Development.  Those data were collected and collated and reviewed, then broken down by constituencies.  Then a technical team went on the ground to verify, to actually calculate the actual damage.  So if you had six [sheets of] zinc missing or a siding gone, then a form is filled out to say specifically that.  Thereafter another team is dispatched to deliver to the homeowner and then that process is verified by receiving it, signing a form et cetera.  I think we give about two days grace and then we place another team on the ground to say go and check to see the progress the homeowner has made with the materials issued and if the homeowners, to this end, haven’t put on the housing material on their homes then we would then seek to afford the contractors to do these remedies to their homes.”


Isani Cayetano

“My understanding is that there’s also a specific process in place for the receipt of assistance, in this case those who are most affected would be the last to be dealt with.  Can you explain to us how and why this is so?”


Phillip Willoughby

“My briefing goes like this, the persons who were immediately affected, their homes were destroyed, those who were in the shelters through the courtesies and the kind offices of the Ministry of Human Development, they were placed in homes that are being rented and paid for by that ministry.  Thereafter, one: the quick fix, if you want to call it that, or the immediate fix that homeowners can do, as I explained, if it’s just a couple sheets of zinc or a siding then they seek to do that because that’s not a big job to get done but still we would provide the assistance for them to fix their homes.  The second phase would be that of roofs that were completely damaged.  That is the second step that the Ministry of NEMO would be embarking on to fix.  Upon completion of the self help or the self fix, the replacement of roofs then we look to the construction of homes that were destroyed by Earl.”

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1 Response for “How Will Assistance Be Given to Hurricane Victims?”

  1. Amilee bennett says:

    Hurricane relief funds will never reach the people that needs it !!!!…BUNCH OF CROOKS…… SAME OLD BELIZE……CROOKED POliticians.WAKE UP BELIZEANS.

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