Archives for : April2018


Yesterday, April 18, 2018, Minister of National Emergency Management Hon Edmond Castro joined the NEMO Shelter Inspection Committee in Orange Walk as they continued their inspection of shelters in that district in preparation for the upcoming Hurricane Season which officially opens less than six (6) weeks from today, on June 1, 2018.


The Minister visited two shelters along with the inspection team, namely the Government Primary School in Carmelita Village in Orange Walk East; and the Roman Catholic Primary School in the Village of San Luis in Orange Walk North. Both shelters consist of new, sturdy and spacious structures that are properly equipped with adequate facilities to accommodate evacuees in the event of an immediate threat from natural disaster. The Carmelita School has a capacity of 200, and the San Luis School can accommodate 140 persons.

In San Luis, the Minister also took the opportunity to speak with some of the students about the role of NEMO and the public in Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management.

In Orange Walk, the inspection team includes Mitigation Officer Kevin Daniels (Engineer) from NEMO Headquarters; NEMO District Coordinator Suleima Celiz and Assistant Coordinator Michael Neal; as well as local representatives from the Fire Department, Police Department, Health Department, and the respective municipal and village councils.

This exercise has been occurring countrywide as part of NEMO’s routine and comprehensive program of preparation in advance of every hurricane season.


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NEMO Minister Tours Humana Projects and Infrastructure Works in Toledo

During a two-day visit to Toledo last Thursday and Friday (April 12-13, 2018), Minister of National Emergency Management Honorable Edmond Castro met with officials from Humana People to People Belize (HPPB) which is executing a number of projects throughout that district in partnership with the Government of Belize and various local organizations and groups.

The projects currently underway are being executed in 11 villages throughout the Toledo District and fall under the categories of: Improved physical Infrastructure and Early Warning Systems for Reduced Risk to Natural Hazards; Improved Agricultural Farming Systems Resilient to Climate Change; Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Public Education and Awareness and Emergency Response; and Project Management and Administration (with gender equity).

The Minister’s tour started off with a quick briefing in Punta Gorda, followed by a visit to Humana’s Clothing Store (in Punta Gorda) which provides affordable second-hand clothing for low-income families. The delegation then headed to the village of Santa Teresa where they inspected a tower and solar-powered facilities to provided communication for five villages, thereby improving emergency and disaster response in the area.

They stopped to look at a Climate Change Resilient Farming Project in the village of Jordan, where members of the Jordan Mother’s Club are engaged in Vegetable Production for Better Nutrition. They then visited Blue Creek Village where they inspected the Hurricane Shelter (Community Center) that is to be rehabilitated by Humana Belize in conjunction with NEMO. While in Blue Creek, the Minister also took the opportunity to check on the progress of drilling being executed through the Ministry of Rural Development to provide potable and reliable water for the people of that area.

Honorable Castro then visited a government project underway to upgrade the Bypass Road from Santa Cruz on the Belize/Pan American Highway (commonly known as the New Jalacte Road) to San Jose, which will significantly reduce travelling time to and from that village. The project will also have a significant impact with respect to Flood Mitigation and Disaster/Emergency Response.

Honorable Edmond Castro was accompanied on his tour by Toledo Senator Honorable Macario Coy and NEMO Southern Regional Coordinator Keith Emmanuel, as well as NEMO District Coordinator Kenton Parham and Assistant Coordinator Dennis Williams.

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This past Friday, April 13, 2018, an educational presentation on Disaster Management was made to upper division students at the Pancotto Primary School in the village of Sand Hill, Belize District.

The presentation focused on the role and responsibilities of the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) and what members of the public can do to assist, and to preserve their own life and property, that of their family and other members of their community in the face of potential disaster.

At the end of the presentation, students were quizzed on what they had learnt, and prizes were awarded to those who answered correctly. It is hoped that the students will share the knowledge and information imparted to them.

The presentation was led by NEMO Belize District (Rural) Coordinator Alphius Gillett, and it was organized through the efforts of School Principal Anna Reyes and Teacher Tanya Sutherland.

This coming Friday, April 20, 2018, a presentation will be made to the students of Biscayne Government Primary School, which will focus on Basic First Aid Training and Tsunami Preparedness. These activities are part of NEMO’s stepped-up Public Education Program on Emergency and Disaster Management.

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Minister of National Emergency Management Hon Edmond Castro was on the Island of Ambergris Caye yesterday Monday, April 16, 2018, where he visited families affected by an unseasonal storm that affected that area this past Sunday, April 15, 2018 around 6:00 AM. Three families, whose dwellings and belongings were damaged by the storm, have since received humanitarian assistance through NEMO.


Hon Castro was accompanied on his visit by NEMO Central Regional Coordinator, Al Westby; NEMO Belize Rural South Coordinator, Vanessa Parham; San Pedro Councillor with responsibility for NEMO, Damage Assessment & Needs Analysis Gabriel “Gabby Nunez; and San Pedro Fire Chief Newton Lennon. And, while on the island, the Minister and his team also took the opportunity to visit and thank local business owner Brittany O’Daniel, who has been a consistent donor in assisting NEMO and victims of disaster on the Island.

Last week, NEMO also delivered humanitarian assistance to three families in Crique Jute, Toledo, who were similarly affected by a freak storm in that village on Wednesday, April 11, 2018.

And, while he was in Toledo last Friday, April 13, NEMO Minister Hon Edmond Castro delivered humanitarian assistance to a family in Elridgeville whose home was recently damaged by fire. Hon Castro was accompanied by NEMO Southern Regional Coordinator Keith Emmanuel, Toledo District Coordinator Kenton Parham and Assistant Coordinator Dennis Williams.

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A NEMO Workshop on Shelter Management and Tsunami Preparedness was held yesterday in Belize City. Participants were mainly public officers who are in charge of shelters that would become operational in the event of a disaster threat. Main facilitators of the workshop were personnel from NEMO Headquarters. The participants were also addressed by Minister of National Emergency Management Hon Edmond Castro and recently appointed NEMO Operations Officer Philip Willoughby. The workshop was held at the ITVET Campus in Belize City.



Taking up the post of Operations Officer with the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) is Mr Philip Willoughby.

A former Belize City Councillor with responsibility for the City Emergency Management Organization (CEMO), Willoughby has abundant knowledge and experience in the area of Disaster and Emergency Management.

Willoughby, who is 40 years old, has been involved with NEMO since 2006 when he was first elected as Belize City Councillor, and says he is happy and thankful for the opportunity to continue serving the country and people of Belize in this new capacity.

His appointment takes effect immediately.

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