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MINISTER OF NATIONAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT HON EDMOND CASTRO ATTENDS MEETING ON DISASTER RISK MANAGEMENT IN THE AMERICAS

Minister of National Emergency Management Hon Edmond Castro was in Cartagena Colombia last week where he attended the Sixth Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas and the Third Meeting of Ministers and Authorities on the Implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015 – 2030.

Coming out of the meeting was the Cartagena Declaration which recognizes the need to continue strengthening national and regional platforms organized by the region’s countries with the objective to make progress on disaster risk reduction;emphasizes the importance of increasing knowledge about the phenomena that cause the loss of lives and damage to infrastructure in our territories that do not recognize administrative, economic, social or environmental boundaries; reaffirms the multi-disciplinary nature that the disaster risk approach requires, and the impacts generated by the adverse events on the economy of the Americas and the Caribbean;

highlights the need to have information that supports decision making with respect to Disaster Risk Reduction, financial protection, preparation for disaster management and post-disaster recovery processes; and also recognizes the need to continue developing effective regional and national campaigns as instruments for public awareness and education, as well as to promote a culture of disaster prevention, resilience and responsible citizenship, generate understanding of disaster risk, support mutual learning and share experiences; and encourage public and private stakeholders to actively engage in such initiatives and to develop new ones at the local, national, regional and global levels.The meeting ran from Wednesday, June 20 until Friday, June 22, 2018.

 

 

 

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MINISTER OF NATIONAL EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AND NEMO/CEMO OFFICIALS AGREE ON USE OF BELIZE CIVIC CENTER FOR EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER

Following a tour of the Belize Civic Center and other facilities in Belize City last Wednesday, June 13, 2018, Minister of National Emergency Management Hon Edmond Castro and officials from the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) and the City Emergency Management Organization (CEMO) agreed that the Civic Center, in the event of a major disaster, would be utilized as headquarters for the Emergency Operations Center (EOC), among other things.

 

The suitability of the Civic Center for this purpose is due in part to the fact that it is self-contained, with in-house generator and adequate fuel supply, as well as water supply for an extended period. It was also agreed that the building would house an emergency medical center operated by personnel from Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) and other tertiary medical institutions, as well as a command center with members of the uniformed forces that are a key component of disaster management operations; and as a shelter.

Members of the uniformed forces (including the Police, BDF, Coast Guard and Fire Department) were a part of the delegation accompanying the minister on his tour. They were also joined by managers and personnel from KHMH and Belize Healthcare Partners Hospital, representatives from the Red Cross and other agencies involved in disaster management and humanitarian relief. Other facilities visited and inspected include the Gateway Youth Center and the Frank Lizama Training Center, which are being considered as locations for secondary emergency operation centers.

Accompanying Hon Castro on the first leg of his tour was Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon Wilfred Elrington, Area Representative for Pickstock, the constituency in which the Belize Civic Center is located.

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NEMO SCHOOL PRESENTATION – BURRELL BOOM

 

As part of NEMO’s continuing public education program, a presentation was made on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 to students of the Upper Division at St Therese Roman Catholic Primary School in Burrell Boom.The presentation focused on Disaster Management, specifically Hurricane/Tropical Storm and Tsunami. Students were educated on the importance of having a Family Emergency Plan that can be activated in the event of a natural disaster threat, and they were given a special assignment to assist their parents in formulating such a family plan. Presenters were NEMO Coordinator Alphius Gillett and Assistant Coordinator Jacqueline Casasola.

Similar presentations have been made, and will continue to be made in other schools throughout the area.

 

 

National Shelter List 2018

 

National Shelter List 2018

NEMO STATE OF READINESS – OPENING OF HURRICANE SEASON

Coordinators for the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) from around the country and support staff at the NEMO Headquarters came together this morning in Belmopan for a State of Readiness Meeting to mark the start of the new Hurricane Season. In addressing them, Minister of Transport and National Emergency Management, Hon Edmond Castro, thanked them for the sacrifice they continue to make for the safety and wellbeing of the Nation and People of Belize. He encouraged them to continue doing their best; and gave his commitment, and that of his Ministry, to adequately equip them to get the job done. He noted that preparing the nation for a major natural disaster is always difficult, but that the most effective tool is dissemination of accurate and timely information to the public.

Hurricane Season 2018 officially begins today June 1 and runs until November 30. According to a release issued by the National Meteorological Service of Belize, “The Seasonal Hurricane forecasts for 2018 issued by several agencies are suggesting that tropical cyclone activity will be normal to slightly above normal in the Atlantic Basin (North Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico) this year. The consensus among these agencies is for there to be about twelve to fourteen (12 to 14) named storms, of those six to seven (6 to 7) are likely to become hurricanes and two (2) are expected to become major hurricanes (Category 3 or stronger). An average season in the Atlantic Basin consists of twelve (12) named storms, six (6) hurricanes and two (2) major hurricanes.”