Geographical Areas of Responsibility
Cayo Central-Cayo North-Cayo West
Cayo Central: Santa Elena Town, Cristo Rey,San Antonio, Seven Miles, George Ville , Esperanza Village, Yalbac, Los Tambos, Selena, San Marcos, Santa Teresita, Duck Run I, Duck Run II, Duck Run III, La Gracia, Spanish Look Out
Cayo North: San Ignacio Town, Bullet Tree Falls, Santa Familia, Billy White
Cayo West: Benque Viejo Town, San Jose Succotz, Arenal, Calla Creek, Corozalito
The Cayo District commences 31 miles west of Belize City. It is bordered on the north by the Yalbac Hills,and on the West by the Belize Guatemala Border. It sits at an elevation of 100 meters above sea level. The distance from the sea and the height of the area normally offers good protection from storm surges and hurricane force winds.The Cayo District is known for its cattle and livestock production. Agriculture also provides significant income for residents of the area. Tourism is the most recent and fastest growing sector of the Cayo economy.
Cayo residents are considered fairly well protected from hurricanes that threaten communities in the low-lying areas of the country. However, there are communities in Cayo that are prone to flash flooding from the rivers and waterways that run through the district.
When flooding occurs, the local emergency management committee is activated in order to supervise the orderly evacuation of the local population.
During the approach of a hurricane,shelters throughout the district are opened and are well utilized to provide accomodation for evacuees from the low-lying areas of Belize.
Cayo District Emergency Committee Members
Chairman-Cayo Area Representative
Deputy Chairman-San Ignacio Mayor,
Deputy Chairman-Benque Viejo
District Emergency Coordinator-
Medical Care and Public Health-
Transport-Mr. Kevin Espat
Ministry of Works
Education,Information,Communication,Warning-Mr. Pedro Cano
Search and Rescue
Housing and Shelter
Damage and Needs Assesment
Utilities and Access
Relief Supplies Management
Activities of the District Emergency Coordinator
- Coordinate the resources necessary to restore ‘normalcy’ after an emergency.
- Conduct monthly meetings of emergency managers throughout the district.
- Coordinate and guide training activities for public officers, schools and youth groups.
- Solicit voluntary assistance from members of the community before and after an emergency.
- Identify strengths and weaknesses in the ‘Emergency Action’ Plans for Cayo.
- Maintain public awareness of local emergency management activities.
NEMO District Coordinator
Emergency Cellular: 630-3224