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National Special Needs and Disability Committee formed

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Posted: Saturday, July 3, 2021. 9:40 am CST.

By BBN Staff: On June 25, 2021, the National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) in collaboration with other stakeholders formed NEMO’s 15th National Committee, the National Special Needs and Disability Committee (NSNDAC).  

NEMO noted that the committee will assist persons with special needs and disabilities in times of emergencies and disasters.

The committee will also enable NEMO to be better prepared to protect Belize’s most vulnerable citizens who typically live in low-income, hazardous areas that are lacking in critical infrastructure, have the least resources, are the least mobile, and are at higher risk to natural hazards.

In the advent of a major catastrophic event, such persons are likely to be most impacted if a comprehensive and integrated system is not in place.

The commit will set up a database, establish construction standards for differently-abled persons, training, and sign language communicators for news and emergency alerts.

The committee is chaired by Marshall Nunez with co-chairs from the ministries of Education and Health & Wellness and the National Association of Village Councils.

The National Special Needs and Disability Committee will have representation at the NEMO national executive and district level.

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