The National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO – Belize Rural South Branch) and the Emergency Operation Center (EOC) continue to closely monitor the wave named 97L that the National Hurricane Center shows headed toward the region. Indications are that this system may develop into a depression or a tropical storm. At this time, we do not anticipate any need for evacuation from the island for safety.
NEMO reminds residents to stay calm, remain vigilant and to expect additional updates soon, but for now no further action is warranted.
“On approach of any significant storm you will be advised and we will encourage voluntary evacuation to the Belmopan shelter or to your mainland family,” stated a release from NEMO BRS. “For those that remain behind and must go into shelter here, NEMO will open additional classrooms as well as using our backup hotel shelters so we are able to separate people by household to maintain social distancing.”
Masks will be required for anyone being evacuated or seeking shelter on the island or on the mainland for any storm for the remainder of the season. Hardware stores are available for delivery in the event of an approaching storm.