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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.




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


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.”


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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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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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.