Belize City Council Assures Preparedness for Hurricane Season
Mayor Bernard Wagner has given assurance to the Belize City residents that the council is prepared in the event of a hurricane. With the hurricane season starting on Thursday, June 1, Mayor Wagner explained that a symposium is planned for tomorrow to get the season started.
Bernard Wagner, Mayor of Belize City: “It doesn’t not only start with the city it starts with the resident and the community and the family participating and being active in getting together their own little disaster management plan within their homes and that really begins to expand out into the immediate community and it expands out into the city and into the wider country. So it’s not only about the city tomorrow we have a symposium at the Belize Biltmore Plaza and we welcome you all to sit in that symposium and we’ll have NEMO there and all the other emergency stakeholders to share knowledge and to share best practices and so that is a part of our preparation. We have been doing preparation as I said previously hurricane season is not just a one year thing now it’s a throughout the year and it’s constantly preparing. When the hurricane season is finished we immediately start to see what went wrong, how can we improve in what area and the main thing here is about the city being able to respond quickly and having the maintenance plan in terms of our drains really reshaping those drains, ensuring that they are connected because you could have a drain but it’s not connected to anywhere so you have to ensure that it is connected and that it is flowing to a canal and then from the canal to the river and the river back out to the sea. So we are very optimistic of what we have put in so far. We still remain behind in terms of the pumping station that is slated to be completed on July 14th I believe that was the last correspondence I had with those people that are putting together that pumping station but if that is ready for July 14th and we cross our fingers and nothing happens before then we will then prepare the canals really dredge all the attaching canals, we can’t do it before the pumping station is completed.”
And while NEMO, CEMO and the Belize City Council are ready for the hurricane season, Mayor Bernard Wagner says that each citizen has a role to play to ensure that the systems in place are not disrupted.
Bernard Wagner, Mayor of Belize City: “We call on the residents to really be mindful of what they are throwing in the canals. We are still facing a huge challenge where we’re seeing the mattresses, the old stove, the old refrigerator being thrown and it will create big issues in respect to that pumping station because God forbid that one of those reaches into that area it could really damage the equipment there so we have to start at the family and about really informing the public about cleanliness. We can’t have a sustainable city if it’s not clean.”
The hurricane season for the Atlantic Basin runs from June 1 to November 30.