11/27/2020

National Emergency Management Organization

" Preserving Life and Property"

ADVISORY #2: TROPICAL DEPRESSION NUMBER 14

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The National Meteorological Services of Belize and the National Emergency Management Organization
(NEMO) hereby advises the general public that the center of tropical depression #14 was centered near
latitude 14.7N, longitude 81.7W or about 100 miles ESE of Cabo Gracias a Dios on the
Honduras/Nicaragua border and 475 ESE of Belize City. The depression was moving to the west at
17mph with maximum sustained winds of 35mph. The official forecast is for TD#14 to continue moving
westward for the next 12 hours or so then to recurve to the WNW and eventually NW later on Friday. The
system is also forecast to strengthen into a tropical storm by Friday. On this track the system is forecast to
make landfall on the Yucatan Peninsula, north of Belize, late on Saturday. If the system takes the
southernmost path of the forecast cone it will make landfall just north of the Belize/Mexico border. In
that case, the northern parts of the country would feel the greatest impact including heavy rainfall of up to
2-4 inches and gusty winds. However, the remainder of the country could also experience heavy rainfall
and possible flooding from the outer bands of this system. The National Meteorological Service will
continue to monitor this system very closely and update NEMO accordingly.
If the situation changes for the worse NEMO would activate its national mechanism and declare Phase II

  • Red I to put in effect a provisional Tropical Storm Watch for the coast of Belize which means (1)
    people will need to put their family plan into action, (2) the public would be advised to
    shelter in place in a safe building, (3) school managements would be notified that NEMO needs to
    access schools as shelters, (4) a price freeze would be issued for all goods, (5) public and
    private essential agencies and utility companies would be informed to release their
    employees to seek shelter for their safety, (5) road infrastructure works would have to
    prioritize actions that will enable mass evacuation and (6) media houses and telephone service
    providers would be advised to secure their communication infrastructure, including other actions.
    All in high risk areas are reminded IF the need arises for you to evacuate, move early, know which
    shelter you will go to, take along your essential necessities required for you to survive. COVID 19
    Shelter Protocols and SI -119 of 2020 shall be adhered to. You must wear a mask, people showing
    symptoms will be isolated in a separate section of the shelter building, hand washing / sanitizing must be
    done before entering a shelter. Shelter Wardens and Managers will allocate shelter space. Social
    distance must be adhered to and shelters must be sanitized on a regular basis, garbage properly disposed
    of. Proper cleaning and disinfection cannot be emphasized enough. The elderly and persons with
    underlying health conditions must not occupy the same space with normal persons. Shelter Managers
    must monitor and correct hygiene and exercise cough / sneeze etiquette. The Ministry of Health (MOH)
    staff will conduct daily monitoring of shelters to detect people who are sick and showing signs of
    COVID19. The Shelter Management Team (Public Officers / Volunteers) MUST use PPE. The
    NEMO Emergency Hotline is 936. NEMO’s Emergency Coordinators can be reached as
    follows:
  1. Corozal, Mr. Ronnie Hernandez at 614 7140;
  2. Orange Walk, Mr. Aragon at 615 2264; or Mr. Leiva at 614 7177
  3. Belize District, Mr. Alphius Gillett at 614 4735;
  4. San Pedro, Ms. Vanessa Parham at 614 5865;
  5. Belize City, Mr. Al Westby at 614 8604 or Mr. Pollard at 614 3244;
  6. Belmopan, Ms. Clare Moody at 614 5705; or Mr. Eiley at 624 2365
  7. Cayo, Mr. Al Westby at 614 8604 or Mr. Johnny Ramclam at 614 5891;
  8. Stann Creek -Coastal- Dangriga including Mullins River to Independence),
  9. Mr. Kevin Flores at 604 3632
  10. Stann Creek -Interior- Hummingbird and Southern highway communities, Mr. David Cruz at 614
    8514; and for
  11. Toledo, Mr. Kenton Parham at 614 2158 or Mr. Dennis Williams at 614 2393
    We don’t anticipate the need to evacuate San Pedro and the Cayes. NEMO will keep the general public
    updated on any further developments. The public is advised to stay alert and start putting your plan into
    action. Please adhere to the official release from the National Met Service and NEMO.
    ..Ends…