Posted: Tuesday, November 1, 2022. 7:04 pm CST.
By Aaron Humes: As Belize hunkers down tonight awaiting the arrival of Tropical Storm Lisa, Prime Minister John Briceño has addressed Belizeans to say that everything in terms of preparation has been done; the rest is up to fate.
“The National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) is fully activated countrywide… By now, we all should have put our emergency plans into effect. We encourage everyone who feels as if their home is not safe or is at risk to voluntarily relocate to a safe place. Shelters all across the country will be opened at 6:00 this evening,” the P.M. announced, after repeating the latest information available on the position and movements of the storm.
He continued that the international airport will be closed tonight, and tomorrow, seaports will be closed and bus transportation will stop at midday. “I call on all employers to release their employees so they can reach to a safe location. From our public officers who are manning our hurricane shelters, to our men and women in uniform already on the ground working, we need your cooperation for us to get everyone to safety and keep order in our shelters,” he stated.
The Prime Minister said search and rescue agencies are ready and our doctors and nurses are fully equipped and supplied to attend to the needs of those who remain in the hospitals or who will need emergency assistance.
In the end, Belizeans are reminded to stay indoors and out of harm’s way until the official all-clear is declared. Please only listen to official advisories coming from the National Met Service and NEMO.
“We have done everything we can to prepare for the arrival of the storm and I urge all Belizeans to take the warnings and advisories seriously to preserve your life and the lives of your families. Together and with the guidance of our Creator we will get through this,” he concluded.
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