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This Hurricane Season Belize has experienced its fair share of rains throughout the Country but has been spared from major threats or developed storms. Nevertheless, NEMO officials and volunteers from across the country have been on alert and prepared in the event a storm would threaten the nation. Today, we spoke with NEMO’s Regional Director of the Northern Districts, Elodio Aragon Sr. who told us that while we have been fortunate to not experience any major storms, they are ready to some degree if need arises.


Screen_Shot_2014-10-22_at_8.03.26_PMElodio Aragon Sr. – Regional Director for the North, NEMO


“This year though it rained a lot it did not rained consistently so there were breaks so the water would run off and then the rain would come back again so I can say that this year has been a very good one fortunate enough up to now we have a month a few days to go and I hope that everything remains more or less the same and then we can say fortunate we are lucky nothing has happened.”


Maria Novelo – Reporter


“So far you are saying that no flooding was reported in the north?”


Elodio Aragon Sr. – Regional Director for the North, NEMO


“For this year no flooding but it came close but starting in May just after the work and everything it started to rain a lot by the end of May I thought we would have flooding and I even alerted Belmopan that we would need some support with boat and things like that and we were getting ready for that because waters were rising but fortunately enough it stop raining for a long period after that and so I have to say that for the whole of this year I say we have been lucky thanks for the good lord.”


Belizeans have experienced some flooding this season and in the past. Aragon says that while their preparedness has been tested as it pertains to floods, it has not been tested with a major hurricane and that’s where he has his doubts. 

 

Elodio Aragon Sr. – Regional Director for the North, NEMO


“With the flooding we feel that we have had a lot of practise, we have been engage and we have been able to take care of the flooding and I feel very confident that any flooding in Orange Walk we will be able to take care of because we have been tested and over the eight years that I have been here at least five years we have had to be there taking boats, taking provisions, bringing the people in, doing a lot of things and we have been tested and we have done well, in relation to a hurricane or a storm we can only have faith that everything is ok because we have not really been tested though our committee gets into gear and we say yes we are ready and we see hurricane is coming and we call our meetings and we prepare for hurricane it hasn’t hit us but I tell you is nothing like having first experience and knowing how to cope with it, as I am saying with the flooding from the beginning we did well for the hurricane I have to admit here I have my doubt because I believe a hurricane involve more is not only the boats and stuff like that but many more things needs to be done so I am still concern because we have always spoken oh hurricane is coming but we figure category one, category two and up to category three, what happened to category four and that mean category three most of our shelters will go and our people will be in dire need of help, I tell you.”


Tomorrow we’ll take a look at the hurricane shelters. Are they adequate to accommodate needy families during natural disasters? That’s what we’ll find out.

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