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Belize Civic Center to be used for Emergency operations center

Posted: Thursday, June 14, 2018. 7:44 pm CST.

By BBN Staff:  Yesterday, the Minister of National Emergency Management, Edmond Castro, officials from the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) and the City Emergency Management Organization (CEMO) agreed that the Belize Civic Center, in the event of a major disaster, would be utilized as headquarters for the Emergency Operations Center (EOC), among other things.

The suitability of the Civic Center is because it is self-contained, with an in-house generator and adequate fuel supply, as well as water supply for an extended period.

Officials that toured the facility also agreed that the building would house an emergency medical center operated by personnel from Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital (KHMH) and other tertiary medical institutions, as well as a command center with members of the uniformed forces that are a key component of disaster management operations; and as a shelter.

Managers and personnel from KHMH, Belize Healthcare Partners Hospital, representatives from the Red Cross and other agencies involved in disaster management and humanitarian relief also joined the tour.

Other facilities visited and inspected include the Gateway Youth Center and the Frank Lizama Training Center, which are being considered as locations for secondary emergency operation centers. 

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