By Aaron Humes: The local branch of the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) has issued an update through its Emergency Operations Committee, announcing that it will continue to collect humanitarian donations through the Red Cross and San Pedro Lions Club up to the end of July. Over 225 thousand dollars has so far been collected. Pledges and donations can be deposited at the following accounts: San Pedro Red Cross – Belize Bank Account No: 620911031720 AND San Pedro Lions Club Fire Relief Fund – Atlantic Bank Account No: 211-382-902. Please note that the EOC has suspended the collection of food and clothing.
NEMO and its partners the Lions, Red Cross, San Pedro Food Bank and the San Pedro Town Council along with the various tourism stakeholders and individual donors put up those who did not shelter with family members and friends in hotels and got them and the clean-up volunteers warm food for six days after the incident.
Each household is receiving mattresses, table-top stoves, butane tanks, hygiene kits, blankets, towels, clothing, and food for up to six weeks and two weeks’ shelter at various hotels. NEMO has also reached out to the affected families and offered free counselling for those requiring assistance. The San Pedro Town Council, with the assistance of volunteers from various organizations and businesses, have also been working closely with NEMO to ensure that the fire site is clear of any debris.
The San Pedro NEMO EOC advises the public that no other entities, businesses or private citizens are authorized to collect or raise funds on behalf of the San Pedro fire victims. Anyone wishing to conduct any form of fundraising for the San Pedro fire victims, is asked to contact The San Pedro Town Council to make necessary arrangements and one of the authorized organizations be present, to oversee the event for transparency purposes.
NEMO will be working closely with the Human Development Department, the Belize Red Cross, the San Pedro Lions Club and the San Pedro Town Council to conduct further household assessments with the 34 affected families as well as the property and business owners who suffered complete and partial losses.
NEMO would like to thank all those organizations, businesses and private citizens who helped in rendering assistance to the fire victims as well as the relief efforts.
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