After the destruction of several homes and businesses on Ambergris Caye in Monday morning’s fire, relief efforts are underway on the island through the provision of meals, clothing, shelter and other supplies. The Belize Red Cross has been activated since yesterday with supplies and man power sent out to the island to assist in the efforts. Love News spoke with Jeroney Timrose Augustine; the Belize District Emergency Coordinator for NEMO who explained what progress has been made.
JERONEY TIMROSE AUGUSTINE
“We are cleaning up. There are volunteers on the island all the way from mainland PG, we have volunteers that are on the ground doing the cleanup efforts. The fire department has given the all clear for people to go into the scene so the cleanup efforts are going very well. We have enough hands and also in terms of relief we have community members, hotels, restaurants assisting us with accommodation and food and donors also, we have donations coming in with financial donations and in terms of coordination we have the Belize Red Cross, Lions, NEMO is only assisting in this process at this moment with the coordination of all the relief activities so that is basically what we are doing right now on the ground. So far everything is going well we have a smooth operation in our center and in terms of more relief that people would like to give we are asking for financial assistance and food non perishable of course, we do not need any clothing however, we are overwhelmed with clothing .”
In a release coming ouf the Emergency Operations Committee (EOC), activated by the NEMO – San Pedro, it stated, quote, “The EOC would like to emphasize and advise that all financial aid for the San Pedro Fire victims is officially being channeled through the San Pedro Lions Club – Fire Relief Fund and the San Pedro Branch of the Belize Red Cross. The Atlantic Bank account number is 211-382-902. The EOC is asking all members of the public to discontinue from creating individual fundraising profiles, since it will only open the door for confusion and unaccountability. The EOC has been working very closely with all the NGO’s, social partners, tourism stakeholders, local and national governmental organizations to ensure that all efforts are being properly coordinated. This is to ensure that all those affected by the unfortunate fire are being given equal assistance. For further questions or information, please call the EOC Command Center at telephone number: 226-4458.” End of quote.