Posted: Thursday, September 28, 2017. 9:35 am CST.
By BBN Staff: Yesterday, a simulation exercise was carried out involving a multi-disaster and emergency response scenario in San Ignacio town.
It included participation from Belize Electricity Company Limited (BECOL), the security forces and other departments and agencies involved in the various aspects of disaster and emergency management.
NEMO National Emergency Coordinator Colonel (ret.) Shelton DeFour elaborated on the exercise: “The main purpose was to deal with a dam-break scenario and to test the district emergency committee to see how well they could coordinate the response between themselves and BECOL, within the context of a nuclear plant catching fire and throwing some radioactive dust in our area, with a volcano erupting, and the dam breaking due to earthquake. Before that, we were threatened by a category 5 hurricane similar to what Mitch was.”
DeFour said it was a multi-disaster scenario to look at all the different facets of a disaster/emergency risk management system to ensure that they have a sense of the scope of 21st century threats, where NEMO has to be ready to deal with any of the eventualities.
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