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Sep 2, 2020

Residents Flock to Shelters

Edmond Castro

At four p.m. today, ten shelters were opened in Belize City for residents who have decided to leave their homes to weather the storm at these identified safe structures.  The shelters are Saint Martin De Porres and Saint Luke Methodist Primary Schools in the Saint Martin’s area, Unity Presbyterian Primary School on Antelope Street Extension; Maud Williams High School and Queen Square School on Fairweather Street. There is also Saint John Vianney Primary School on Faber’s Road, Grace Primary School on Amara Avenue and Salvation Army Primary School on Orange Street. Over on the north side, there are two shelters: namely, Trinity Methodist School in the King’s Park area and Nazarene High School on Princess Margaret Drive. By this time, persons seeking shelter should have checked in. Persons are to wear masks, practice social distancing, wash hands regularly and practice cough and sneeze etiquette. These persons are also asked to take food, water and other basics.  Late this evening, News Five spoke with NEMO Minister Edmond Castro via phone who says that coordinators in the south have been fully activated and all shelters in southern Belize are open:

 

On the Phone: Edmond Castro, NEMO Minister

“We have all the hurricane shelters and all the committees at work since yesterday. They have been meeting at the command centres so all the hurricane shelters in the south of the country, especially, have been opened. And we also have, as we’ve indicated earlier, that the hurricane shelters for COVID-19 victims, we are also catering for them as well.”

 

Duane Moody

“What is the state of mind of NEMO going into tonight?”

 

On the Phone: Edmond Castro

“Well this is the first time that we are facing a pandemic such as COVID-19 and have to plan for a tropical storm/hurricane—that is expected to be a hurricane by the time it makes landfall—so it is quite a challenge for us and we will make sure that we do our utmost best to keep the nation safe and make sure that we continue to advise those living in low-lying areas to move to higher grounds or to go to one of those community shelters.”


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