Posted: Thursday, July 20, 2017. 4:28 pm CST.
By BBN Staff: On July 19, U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Adrienne Galanek, handed over approximately US $217,000 worth of humanitarian assistance supplies to National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) Director, Shelton Defour to replenish disaster relief warehouses (DRW).
The ceremony took place at the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) warehouse in Belmopan.
The donation represents the U.S. Government’s and U.S. Southern Command’s (USSOUTHCOM) continued commitment to the Government and people of Belize in the field of humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. Included in the donation were: four 3-kilowatt generators, 3050 blankets, 700 mattresses, 790 insect nets, 696 cots, 200 water canteens, 230 sleeping bags and 18 30-person tents.
Defour commented that today’s donation was the largest replenishment of supplies in NEMO’s history and that the donated items would be accounted for immediately and distributed to DRWs nationwide.
Since 2010, the U.S. military’s Humanitarian Assistance Program (HAP) provided over US $10 million in assistance in a coordinated effort with Belize to help save lives.
HAP aims to increase Belize’s capacity to communicate, respond to and mitigate the impact of natural disasters, improve quality of life and expedite recovery efforts.
The U.S. military has provided response equipment and training and built three NEMO disaster relief warehouses, four hurricane shelters, three Emergency Operation Centers, and hurricane-proof public buildings including schools which also serve as shelters.
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