NEMO in cooperation with the respective Emergency Management Committees, and all Public and Private agencies, is established to preserve life and property throughout the country of Belize in the event of an emergency, threatened or real, and to mitigate the impact on the country and its people.
The NEMO comprises the Cabinet, with the Prime Minister as the Chairperson, the Cabinet Secretary, as Secretary, the NEMO Secretariat and the 13 Operational Committees (chaired by Permanent Secretaries). The thirteen Operational Committees are as follows:
- Education, Communication and Warning
- Medical & Public Health
- Housing and Shelter
- Search & Rescue
- Economic & Recovery
- Damage Assessment & Needs Analysis
- Foreign Assistance
- Transport & Evacuation
- Environment & Utilities
- Human Resources Management
- Relief & Supplies Management
- Restoration of Utilities
- Mitigation, Access & Infrastructure
The other permanent members are the Belize Red Cross, the Belize Teachers Union, the Chief Meteorological Officer, the Commandant BDF and the Commissioner of Police. Integral to NEMO are its 9 District Emergency Committees (chaired by the senior Minister in each District) representing Belize, Corozal, Orange Walk, Cayo, Stann Creek, Toledo, Belmopan, San Pedro and Caye Caulker.