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.”