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NEMO MINISTER ADDRESSES DISASTER ASSESSMENT & NEEDS ANALYSIS WORKSHOP

Minister of National Emergency Management Hon Edmond Castro this morning addressed organizers, facilitators and participants at a one-day Damage Assessment and Needs Analysis (DANA) Workshop currently underway in Rural Belize District.

Hon Castro thanked them for their dedication and sacrifice for the safety of their communities and the nation. He said their role and mission are demanding, but it can also be very rewarding. “If you love people, your reward will come though the satisfaction you get from knowing that you are instrumental in helping them to put their lives back together after the impact of a disaster.”

The workshop is attended by public officers who are part of the district emergency committees, as well as village leaders and volunteers. It covers the various types of disaster assessment and analysis, such as Initial Situation Assessment, Initial Damage Assessment and Detail Sectoral Assessment. Main facilitator is Principal Hydrologist Tennielle Williams, who is Deputy Chair of the Damage Assessment and Needs Analysis Committee.

The DANA Workshop, organized by the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO), is being conducted at the Belize District Rural NEMO Office in Sandhill Village.

 

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SOUTHERN HIGHWAY RE-OPENED AT JACINTOVILLE

Latest information out of Toledo is that water is steadily receding at Jacintoville, 8 miles outside Punta Gorda, where the road had earlier been made impassable due to overnight flooding.

Motorists are now being allowed to pass, but with caution, as there is still some water on the Highway.

Motorists and the general public are asked to stay informed as the National Meteorological Service of Belize is forecasting more rains over the country today and tonight.

 

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FLOODING ON SOUTHERN HIGHWAY AT JACINTOVILLE

Motorists travelling on the Southern Highway are advised that the highway is currently impassable at Jacintoville, 8 miles outside Punta Gorda Town, as a result of flooding.

Stay tuned for further notice from the Department of Transport and NEMO.

 

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COMMON ALERTING PROTOCOL WORKSHOP UNDERWAY

Minister of National Emergency Management Hon Edmond Castro delivered the keynote address at Official Opening Ceremonies for the Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) Jump-Start Workshop, which started yesterday, August 13, at the Radisson Fort George Hotel in Belize City.

In his address, Hon Castro emphasized the importance of providing timely and accurate information to our people, particularly those who are most vulnerable to the effects of disasters. He thanked everyone attending the workshop, including those from government departments, non-government agencies and the media, saying they all have a key role to play in disaster management and risk reduction.

The CAP Jump-Start Workshop serves as an introduction to participants of what exactly CAP entails. It also provides a forum for different stakeholders and organizations in the country to discuss the desirability and manner of possible implementation of the CAP standard in Belize and to discuss in particular what organization, Ministry, Department, is responsible for issuing alerts for different hazards.The two-day workshop concludes later today, August 14, 2018.

NEMO RELIEF SUPPLIES FOR FIRE VICTIMS IN SAN PEDRO

 

As fire victims in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, tried to restore normalcy to their lives, NEMO supplies arrived on the island by barge on Tuesday, August 7. The supplies included mattresses, stoves, butane tanks, food and hygiene kits.Most of the 87 persons affected by the fire which destroyed 10 buildings were being sheltered at Hope Haven Children Shelter & Community Center where they were receiving daily meals and other necessities such as clothing.

The NEMO supplies were delivered on Tuesday by Mayor Danny Guerrero along with NEMO Regional Coordinator Al Westby and Belize Rural South Coordinator Vanessa Parham.NEMO Minister Hon Edmond Castro and Area Representative Hon Manuel Heredia had visited the victims last Saturday morning, shortly after the devastating blaze and assured them that further assistance was on the way in the form of humanitarian relief supplies.

FLOOD MITIGATION – FRESH POND – BURRELL BOOM VILLAGE

Even as the rainy season intensifies, the flood mitigation works continue. In the community Fresh Pond in the Burrell Boom Area, NEMO equipment, under the supervision of Village Council Chair Lady Earlene Baptist, is clearing and digging drains to facilitate the flow of water and minimize the possibility of flooding. Similar works are being done in other parts of the village, throughout the Belize District and around the country. With Minister of National Emergency Management Hon Edmond Castro and NEMO, work has no season.

HON EDMOND CASTRO & HON MANUEL HEREDIA ON THE GROUND AFTER SAN PEDRO FIRE

 

 

Minister of National Emergency Management (who also has responsibility for the National Fire Service). Hon Edmond Castro, was on the ground Saturday, August 4, in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye within hours after an early morning fire had destroyed 10 buildings, leaving more than 75 persons homeless.

After a brief meeting at the NEMO San Pedro Office with officials of NEMO, the National Fire Service, Police Department, San Pedro Town Council, Red Cross and other community volunteers, Hon Castro joined Belize Rural South Area Representative Hon Manuel Heredia on the ground where they inspected the damage and spoke with victims of the devastating blaze. All victims were already being provided with shelter (mainly at Hope Haven Children Shelter & Community Center), as well as food, water, clothing and hygiene kits.

Hon Castro and Hon Heredia further assured the fire victims that the Government of Belize, in partnership with humanitarian organizations, businesses, and the general community, will do whatever they can to help them rebuild their homes and lives.

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