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Sep 2, 2020

CEMO on Shelters in the City

Michael Noralez

CEMO also spoke about the ten shelters which opened up at four this evening in Belize City. Those shelters, according to CEMO’s Michael Noralez will have hand-washing stations and personnel will be on the ground to ensure that all protocols are observed. And if you need to vacate your homes and seek shelter, Noralez says that you should take along some basic food supplies for a few days – and also only take what is necessary. He advises that you should not wait until the eleventh hour to vacate your home.

 

Michael Noralez, Councilor Responsible for CEMO

“We have the relief and supplies committee but remember that we request people bring one or two days supplies – little things to just settle in and then when the real hard time comes the relief and supplies kick into gear. So, we will be providing food because I remember one year, some people are circling around the city and just show up at a shelter asking for food. No, that is not the way it works. So, we ask that you at least bring a little that is enough for you and the family until it is time for us to take care of you. And that is part of the family plan as well. We ask you to kick it into high gear.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“So the supplies there will be like cooked food?”

 

Michael Noralez

“Yes, cooked food and some non-perishables, as well. The relief and supplies committee are very much on top of it.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“What should they take into a shelter?”

 

Michael Noralez

“Bring your family; bring your necessities; two or three changes of clothes; bring your medication – make sure. Bring your masks; if you have sanitizer bring it and the shelter will also provide as much hygienic supplies as possible. Don’t panic. You come and practice your social distancing and wear your mask and just adhere to the rules of the shelter.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“Any advice for those persons who are living in areas where there is usually flooding – should they move out to a shelter as early as possible?”

 

Michael Noralez

“Yes, please heed the warning – get out when it is time. Listen to your CDRTs. Listen to us and our advice from NEMO and the MET Office. Please move as early as possible because if we are in the eye of storm or when the storm is here it will be difficult for help to be rendered because now you will be endangering not only your life but the lives of your search and rescue team and we normally do search and rescue after the storm.”


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