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Jun 2, 1999

NEMO gives hurricane safety tips

With the start of the hurricane season, it’s time to take stock of your situation and make plans in case Belize is confronted by a storm this year. The National Emergency Management Organization says they have also been doing this and “fine-tuning” the Revised National Hurricane Plan. But while the government, police and B.D.F. have their role to play in managing evacuations and other emergency functions, NEMO is asking all Belizean families to take a few simple precautions to ensure their own safety. As soon as a hurricane seems like it may pose a threat to Belize you should begin monitoring radio and television broadcasts for the latest official information and weather bulletins. If your house is well built with a strong foundation and good roof it is better to stay where you are, but make sure you use storm shutters or board all windows and protect the outer door. Stock up on non-perishable food and replenish your supply of kerosene. Sterilize bathtubs and all containers to store water. Keep flashlights, candles and storm lanterns handy. 90 percent of all hurricane casualties result from drowning so evacuate beaches, islands and low lying areas early. If you do evacuate, plan to leave early to avoid flooded roads, fallen trees and traffic jams and make sure you have enough fuel to get to your destination. Make sure you shut off all fuel, and electricity before leaving home. Carry three days supply of food, clothing, medicine, baby formulas, personal hygiene items and all personal documents. If there is a lull after the eye has passed stay in a safe place except to make emergency repairs since the wind may return with greater strength. For additional safety tips the Belize Red Cross has published a disaster preparedness booklet which may be able to assist you with your plans.

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