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NEMO STANN CREEK END-OF-YEAR AWARDS

Christmas and the end of the year is a time to give thanks, and in this spirit, the NEMO Stann Creek District Emergency Committee held its Annual Appreciation and Awards Banquet at the Dangriga Town Hall.

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Those receiving awards were: Tristan Usher, Emergency Worker of the Year, who also received on behalf of his team at the Ministry of Works the Emergency Response Team Award; Emergency Operations Centre Director and Town Councillor Aaron “Jake” Gongora, Emergency Leader of the Year; Russell Lambert, Annual Emergency Team Spirit Award (received on his behalf by Human Resources Management Chairperson, Cynthia Villagran); Deputy Chair for Transport & Evacuation, Roman Sabal from the Dangriga Town Council, Municipal Transport Department, who received the 2017 Participatory Award; and Senior Agriculture Extension Officer, Adelita Arzu, who received on behalf of her department (Agriculture Department, Stann Creek) the Annual Emergency Team Collaborations Award.

Chief organizer of the award ceremony was Keith Emanuel, NEMO Southern Regional Coordinator. Emmanuel says a similar award ceremony will be held in January 2018 for the Toledo District.

MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM HON CASTRO – MINISTRY OF TRANSPORT AND NATIONAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT & NEMO

Minister of Transport & National Emergency Management Hon Edmond Castro attended a special Christmas Dinner with the staff at the Ministry and NEMO Headquarters in Belmopan. Hon Castro thanked them for their dedicated and invaluable service to the nation during 2017. He was joined by CEO in the Ministry of Transport and National Emergency Management, Ruth Meighan; NEMO National Emergency Coordinator, Colonel (ret.) Shelton DeFour; and Deputy National Emergency Coordinator, Colin Gillett. Hon Castro and the Management and Staff at the Ministry of Transport and National Emergency Management and NEMO wish all Belizeans a Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.

NEMO ASSISTS VICTIMS OF CAYO QUARRY EXPLOSION

Personnel from the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) have been on the ground assessing the human impact on residents of a quarry explosion that occurred in the Santa Elena/Santa Cruz area of Cayo on Tuesday, December 12, 2017, and providing humanitarian assistance in the form of immediate relief supplies to those affected, in coordination with Cayo Central Area Representative Hon Rene Montero and Mayor of San Ignacio/Santa Elena Earl Trapp.

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Mattresses, stoves, butane tanks and food supplies, among other items, have been distributed to around 20 families that were impacted by the explosion.

Heading the NEMO team on the ground is Central Regional Coordinator Al Westby, who is accompanied by NEMO Humanitarian Officer Alfonso Casey. They are also joined by personnel from the Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation.

As to the physical infrastructure damages caused by the explosion, Belize Road Construction Limited, the company that had hired the services of Tiger Aggregates Limited, which was responsible for the quarry explosion, is already making preparations to assist victims in rebuilding and repairing their homes.

 

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