False Alarm: NEMO’s Erroneous Hurricane Watch Post Causes Brief Panic

False Alarm: NEMO’s Erroneous Hurricane Watch Post Causes Brief Panic

At 9:40 this morning, a social media post was uploaded by the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) with just nine words: “Hurricane Watch – Conditions possible within the next 48 hours” …. These are words that would put anyone in a panic, particularly with the recent rains and flooding.  It turns out, however, to be an error made by NEMO as the post did not provide any additional context.  Within minutes the post had gained traction and had our newsroom reaching out to the authorities to verify the statement.  In the end, it was a false alarm; the post was edited and an apology was issued.  The media sought comment from Minister of Disaster Risk Management, Andre Perez and NEMO’s National Coordinator, Daniel Mendez.

Andre Perez, Minister of Disaster Risk Management: “We discussed it already and it was just a slip but it was cleared up. It was quickly cleared up and caught up. And I’m glad that it was caught up because people are following us. But yes, we the CEO and the NEC we discussed about it that we’re doing some exercise. We’re doing some education and some kind of typographical errors occur, but it’s been sorted out.”

Captain Daniel Mendez, National Emergency Coordinator: “We continue our work in advising the public in providing as much information as all the information that we can to provide to ensure people are as prepared as possible. So this was of course, one of those series of posting that we have been sharing for the last week or so. Unfortunately this one wasn’t as clear as we had wanted it to be, but we consequently addressed that. And we will continue to provide that level of information to the public. We will do everything we can to make sure that the public is as prepared as possible.”

Related post

Outrage in Roaring Creek: Police Hunt for Group After Elderly Man’s Hair Set on Fire

Outrage in Roaring Creek: Police Hunt for Group After…

Tonight, several people from Roaring Creek Village are wanted by police after a video surfaced of them lighting an elderly man’s…
Accused Child Abuser and Former Church Leader Mervin Budram Returns to Court

Accused Child Abuser and Former Church Leader Mervin Budram…

Accused child abuser Mervin Budram, a former church leader, returned to the courthouse this morning in Belmopan. Last year, after several…
Convicted Murderer William ‘Danny’ Mason Back in Court for Kidnapping Case

Convicted Murderer William ‘Danny’ Mason Back in Court for…

And what case could have kept the DPP from appearing in the Budram case? Well, today, convicted murderer William ‘Danny’ Mason…

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *