NEMO hosts one-day training camp
Monday, August 4th, 2014
June to November is the period known as the hurricane season for the North Atlantic, Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico, and Belize is part of this region. Like the rest of region, emphasis is always placed during the hurricane season to be prepared in the case of an emergency. As part of their activities, the Belize National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) hosted a one-day summer camp on Monday June 28th to educate the young Ambergris Caye population about emergency preparedness.
The event took place at the San Pedro Roman Catholic School, and it taught children ways they can play a role in preparedness in the event of an emergency. According to one of facilitators of the camp, Miriam Codd, the activity had the participation of several of NEMO’s stakeholders including the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health, National Drug Abuse Control Council, Police Department and Fire Department.
“Participants learned their role in the community and in their homes in the case of any emergency. This is part of the plan for San Pedro Town for NEMO’s awareness activities… [teaching us] how we should respond to threats, emergency, evacuation and so forth. We believe that camps like these give [the community] information and hopefully they will be more aware of what to do and not do in an emergency,” said Codd.
A total of 13 students who submitted their application before leaving for summer vacation participated in the camp. A similar NEMO camp was hosted on Caye Caulker on July 29th.