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Posted: Thursday, August 20, 2020. 1:04 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: The National Meteorological Services of Belize and the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) has issued advisory number one on a Tropical depression that formed this morning in the Caribbean Sea.

NEMO says that we need to be prepared for heavy rainfall and possible flooding.

In accordance with your emergency plan the public is advised to remain vigilant and to be prepared for possible storm landfall over the weekend.

IF the need arises for you to evacuate, move early, know which shelter you will go to, take along your essential necessities required for you to survive.

COVID 19 Shelter Protocols and SI -119 of 2020 shall be adhered to.

You must wear a mask, people showing symptoms will be contained in a separate section of the shelter building, hand washing /sanitizing must be done before entering a shelter. Shelter Wardens and Managers will allocate shelter space. Social distance must be adhered to and shelters must be sanitized on a regular basis garbage properly disposed of.

The elderly and persons with underlying health conditions must not occupy the same space with normal persons.

Shelter Managers must monitor and correct hygiene and cough /sneeze etiquette.

The Ministry of Health (MoH) staff will conduct daily monitoring of shelters to detect people who are sick and showing signs of COVID19.

 The Shelter Management Team (Public Officers/ Volunteers) MUST use PPE. The NEMO Emergency Hotline is 936. NEMO’s Emergency Coordinators can be reached as follows:

Corozal, Mr. Ronnie Hernandez at 614 7140;

Orange Walk, Mr. Aragon at 615 2264; or

Mr. Leiva at 614 7177

Belize District, Mr. Alphius Gillett at 614 4735;

San Pedro, Ms. Vanessa Parham at 614 5865;

Belize City, Mr. Al Westby at 614 8604 or

Mr. Pollard at 6143244;

Belmopan, Ms. Clare Moody at 614 5705; or

Mr. Eiley at 624 2365

Cayo, Mr. Al Westby at 6148604 or

Mr. Johnny Ramclam at 614 5891;

Stann Creek –Coastal- Dangriga including Mullins River to Independence),

Mr. Kevin Flores at 604 3632

Stann Creek –Interior- Hummingbird and Southern highway communities, Mr. David Cruz at 614 8514; and for

Toledo, Mr. Kenton Parham at 614 2158 or

Mr. Dennis Williams at 614 2393

NEMO notes that it has been receiving and redistributing relief supplies and PPE sent by CDEMA.

PPEs from the Ministry of Health will be collected and distributed today to compliment the amount in the five warehouses across the country.

 NEMO remains in close communication with the national met service.

“We don’t anticipate the need to evacuate San Pedro and the cayes if it becomes necessary the National Evacuation Committee, like all other national committees, are ready to put their plan into action,” NEMO said.

NEMO will keep the general public updated on any further developments.

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