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NEMO HOLDS FINAL PRE-SEASON PLANNING MEETINGS IN PREPARATION FOR THE 2018 HURRICANE SEASON

With the official opening of Hurricane Season 2018 only one day away, the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) has been holding a number of planning meetings in preparation for it.Last Thursday, May 24th, a meeting was convened to address Damage Assessment and Needs Analysis (DANA) in order to harmonize the various committees with key frontline and support personnel that would be deployed in the event of a natural disaster.On Friday, May 25th, there was a meeting of the National Human Resources Committee in order to review the roles and improve the efficiency of public officers in the event of an impact or threat from natural disaster.

That same day, May 25th, there was also a National Emergency Operations Center training session with stakeholders, including personnel from the Belize Defence Force, City Emergency Committees and District Coordinators, to discuss standard procedures that will be employed countrywide when NEMO activates city and district operations in a synchronized manner.

On May 28, there was a meeting with NEMO international partners, which focused on how Belize would be assisted in the aftermath of impact from a major disaster such as a category 5 hurricane.This morning, there was a Fuel Managers’ meeting to plan the most efficient way, in the event that coastal communities must be evacuated, to provide fuel via the gas stations to the general public, public transport (such as buses), government vehicles, water taxis and private vessels.

And, this afternoon, there was a meeting of the Transport and Evacuation Committee to discuss matters relating to transportation and evacuation procedures in the event that NEMO has to execute a coordinated evacuation of coastal communities in the face of a disaster threat.NEMO training sessions and coordinating meetings continue throughout the Hurricane Season and will only pause when the country is threatened or impacted.  NEMO advises one and all to ensure your emergency family, business and ministry plan is up to date.

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SIXTH NATIONAL CLIMATE OUTLOOK FORUM

 

Minister of Transport and National Emergency Management (with responsibility for the National Meteorological Services of Belize), Hon Edmond Castro, delivered the keynote address at the official opening ceremony this morning for the Sixth National Climate Outlook Forum.The Welcome Address was presented by CEO in the Ministry of Transport and National Emergency Management, Ruth Meighan. Also present was Chief Meteorologist, Catherine Cumberbatch; and Special Guest for the forum, Phil Gelman, Regional Advisor from USAID.

The forum is organized by the Climatology and Climate Services unit of the National Meteorological Service of Belize, with participation by over 60 persons from various sectors of the community, including farmers.

 

The National Meteorological Service of Belize produces seasonal climate outlooks which can be utilized for addressing climate related risks at national, local and community levels; and the main objective of the National Climate Outlook Forum is to present the seasonal outlook for the wet/hurricane season (June to November, 2018) and Six to Twelve Months Drought Outlook, and to investigate pathways to integrate this product into sector planning based on its applicability.

The forum is being conducted at the George Price Center for Peace and Development in the City of Belmopan.

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NEMO PUBLIC AWARENESS AT CROOKED TREE CASHEW FEST

As part of our stepped-up public awareness and education campaign, the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) this past weekend, Saturday and Sunday, May 12-13, 2018, operated an information booth on the grounds of the Annual Cashew Fest in Crooked Tree Village, Belize District. Many attendees visited the NEMO information booth, in addition to which hundreds of pamphlets and flyers were distributed throughout the show grounds. The information shared focused on emergency/disaster management and highlighted the work of NEMO before, during and after a disaster. Distributed as gifts were various forms of NEMO paraphernalia focusing also on disaster management. The initiative targeted mainly residents from Crooked Tree Village and surrounding communities in Rural Belize District.