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Sep 2, 2020

Belize Red Cross Ready for Response Following Disaster

Lily Bowman

One of the organizations we have come to rely and trust in times of natural disasters is the Belize Red Cross. Today, the headquarters of the organization was ready for the impending landfall the communities and for assisting the government in its emergency response mechanism in the aftermath of a disaster. But the storm is coming in the midst of the COVID pandemic so the Red Cross had that extra element to include in their planning. Trained volunteers have been equipped with P.P.E.s and kits to respond immediately after the storm.

 

Lily Bowman, Director General, Belize Red Cross

“…getting our vehicles ready, our generator ready and everything. Apart from that, we are also in communication with our international federation who will be able to send us immediate support should the need arise and are also monitoring the situation with us. So I have been posting updates regularly on our Go Platform which is our internal communication tool that we use, and we are just looking at how it is moving, where the most effect will be so we can plan our emergency response accordingly. We also have to remember that storm force winds are really still bad for a lot of homes in Belize City, for instance. So while the heaviest effect will be probably more south, there will still be a lot of other damages around the country that we have to look at. And yeah, we definitely jump into response mode immediately with our rapid assessments right away and for the best part we try to liaise and coordinate our assessments with NEMO, however, remember even before and leading up to the season, we have been on the air, reminding people of the family emergency plan. We take them through the plan and urge them to get a plan developed and to start putting things in practice so that when a situation like this comes, you are not all lost and confused.”


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