The hurricane season is here and the Belize City Council reported today that they are prepared for what has been forecast to be an active season. The City Emergency Management Organization (CEMO) that falls under the purview of the Belize City Council was activated since the start of January. According to the Mayor of Belize City, Bernard Wagner, families should be prepared as well in the event of a hurricane.
Bernard Wagner, Mayor of Belize City: “Around these times we would have been preparing for some time that has not stopped. CEMO has been activated. CEMO is the City Emergency Management Organization that is an arm of NEMO. We have a replica structure such as NEMO with all the different committees in place. CEMO is not, given the circumstances, CEMO is not just a six months activity anymore; CEMO is a full year activity and our CEMO team has been engaged. There are new threats to mankind as you know tsunamis we are even on the tsunami watch list now, hurricanes, the COVID, so our CEMO team has been very active from the beginning of this year engaging, putting their plans together, ensuring that they have the necessary supplies in the event of a hurricane. We know that this hurricane season based on what I’ve read would be a very active hurricane season. Clearly the fact that we have had three named storms already for this year clearly is an indicator that we must be prepared but preparation again starts with the family. Similarly as with the COVID you must have your family plan and so we continue to stress to our residents in the city to ensure that you have your family plan put together and that shouldn’t be hard. It’s essentially putting together your emergency plan as a family unit. CEMO will be there to direct those other circumstances that appear on a day to day basis but the fact is that our people and our residents have to become responsible too for their families.”
The Atlantic Hurricane season began on Monday June 1 and will end on November 30.