NEMO holds Summer Camp

Friday, July 20th, 2012

The National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) in San Pedro and Caye Caulker held the first of what will be its annual summer camp on Monday July 16th through Wednesday July 18th and saw the participation of some 18 participants. The camp was geared at students 14 to 19 years old and was held upstairs the Fido’s Courtyard between the hours of 9AM and 4PM daily with food and snacks being provided.

District Coordinator for NEMO San Pedro/Caye Caulker, Miss Jeromey Timrose spoke of the camp; “It’s a three-day program. The camp is basically to get students involved and engaged for the summer and keeping them busy while educating them on disaster preparedness.”

Throughout the course of the camp, the kids received training in shelter management, supplies distribution, data collection for damage assessment, basic first aid, aquatic survival skills and also, curfew during a disaster. While most of the topics are theory, the kids got a chance to participate in activities while covering basic first aid and aquatic survival skills. In a fun but very educational way, the kids got to go out in the water while learning how to save lives.

Speaking on the reasons for participation, a very excited and energetic group explained, “We are learning how to be safe especially when they have an event before and during a hurricane. We chose to take part in this program because not only do we live on an island and there is always the chance that we may get a hurricane but also because we get to learn about our safety and how to prevent, maybe some danger that you might get in to. Anytime NEMO wants our help, during a disaster or after – we are ready.”

At the end of the camp, the participants received certificates of completion which recognizes them as official NEMO volunteers. Following the completion of the camp, the participants will be invited to be part of the various trainings offered by NEMO. For high school students, their participation in the camp will be credited towards their mandatory Community Service requirement. 2012 NEMO Camp was made possible in conjunction with the School Safety Program through the Ministry of Education and NEMO. Throughout the three days, the kids also participated in various sporting activities bringing the various days to a close.

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