CEMO Workshop Aims to Improve Emergency Communication

CEMO Workshop Aims to Improve Emergency Communication

The Belize City Council, under the City Emergency Management Organization (CEMO) is hosting a communication workshop. The workshop is to enhance communication strategies between the multiple stakeholders in emergency management. CEMO Liaison Officer, Melony Dawson spoke on the idea of today’s agenda.

Melony Dawson, CEMO Liaison Officer: “This is basically to officially open the hurricane season right. Today we have participants from NEMO, we have our core stakeholders from we have UNICEF the Belize Red Cross, BDF, we also have from the Belize Coast Guard you know we have participants from all over that basically helps us when it comes to responding to disaster, any crisis within Belize City. It’s basically for our core persons who work in the EOC to get a better understanding or to say enhance their sense of knowledge of how to communicate. Remember communication is basically a critical part when it comes to responding to any emergencies. It creates better decision making, better coordination or collaboration, you know. So it’s for the participants to get a better understanding of how to communicate, how to take their information, where to take it, you know. Try to understand the hierarchy and all of that when it comes to disaster management. Because I do believe that taking care of our people inside will create a more effective and efficient response for the residents whenever we go out there.”

CEMO was established in 2020 as a permanent portfolio of the city council and has been serving to protect and assist the public in face of natural disasters. Dawson spoke about the improvements that CEMO has made over the years.

Melony Dawson, CEMO Liaison Officer: “Over the years, we’ve strengthened many of our gaps that we’ve experienced in the past, like better collaboration with the stakeholders which is one of the core components, getting resources, which is another core component. So I would say that did a lot of work this year. So far everything with our response to Hurricane Lisa, which was like a test drive for us, everything basically fell into place and that basically made us understand, you know, where the little bit of gaps were and we’ve tried to fill those since then. To the residents, this year, like the chief meteorologist mentioned it will be a very active year. So residents, please be prepared and you know take initiative with start to packing your hurricane supplies and you know get your family plan ready.

The theme for the workshop is “Creating streamlined communications and a better working environment.”

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