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Posted: Tuesday, September 1, 2020. 1:58 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: The National Meteorological Services of Belize and the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) issued advisory number 3 as Tropical Storm Nana is expected to approach Belize within 48 hours.

NEMO advises that all Emergency Operations Centre (Command Centres) countrywide will be activated today at 4 p.m. today.

Tropical Storm Nana is expected to make landfall on Belize on Thursday around midday as a Hurricane.

The National Meteorological Service continues to monitor this system closely.    

NEMO hereby declares a Tropical Storm Watch  (one red flag with a black centre). The watch is declared because heavy rain can cause flooding, washout roads, bridges, culverts, winds between 39 to 73 miles can damage homes, tree branches will snap, shallowly rooted trees may be toppled,  power lines and poles likely to be affected which could  result in power outages and water shortage, loose items can be blown about and storm surge can cause flooding,  drowning and beach vessels not securely moored. 

The watch means the public is advised to start putting your family emergency plan into action and to be prepared to seek safe shelter, (2) school managements be notified that NEMO will need to access schools as shelters, (3) boat owners start securing your vessels, (4) a price freeze is in effect (5)  public and private essential agencies and utility companies must release their employees when they need to seek shelter for their safety, (6) road infrastructure works need to be prioritized to maintain the lines of communication and (7) media houses and  telephone service providers are advised to be prepared to secure your communication infrastructure.

 “We must make plans for the worst case scenario which is a Hurricane,” NEMO urges.

The NEMO Emergency Hotline is 936. 

NEMO’s Emergency Coordinators can be reached as follows:  

 

  1. Corozal, Mr. Ronnie Hernandez at 614 7140;

 

  1. Orange Walk, Mr. Aragon at 615 2264; or Mr. Leiva at 614 7177;

 

  1. Belize District Rural, Mr. Alphius Gillett at 614 4735; Mr. Pollard at 6143244;

 

  1. San Pedro, Ms. Vanessa Parham at 614 5865;

 

  1. Belize City, Mr. Al Westby at 614 8604 or Mr. Kwame Scott at 615 7644;

 

  1. Belmopan, Ms. Clare Moody at 614 5705; or Mr. Eiley at 624 2365;  

 

  1. Cayo, Mr. Al Westby at 6148604 or Mr. Johnny Ramclam at 614 5891;

 

  1. Stann Creek -Coastal- Dangriga including Mullins River to Independence), Mr. Kevin Flores at 604 3632;

 

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

 

  1. Toledo, Mr. Kenton Parham at 614 2158 or Mr. Dennis Williams at 614 2393

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