Shelter Management and Tsunami Preparedness Workshop for Public Officers Print E-mail
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Thursday, 12 April 2018 00:00

Public Officers from many Government Offices within Belize City were asked to be part of a training workshop held on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at the ITVET Compound. There, NEMO representatives held interactive sessions with the officers. The day-long training covered shelter management and first aid but focused on tsunami preparedness, an appropriate topic given the recent tsunami scare the country faced some months ago.

Al Westby, Central Regional Coordinator, NEMO, commented that while it might not be known, trainings of this sort happen throughout the year. During the months of January to May, before the start of the hurricane season, NEMO representatives are in the rural and urban parts of the country to ensure that as many people are trained as possible.

The goal of the shelter management and tsunami preparedness workshop was to get all of most public officers trained. Their trainings are geared to prepare them as to how to respond in the event of an emergency or disaster. Besides their training, qualified public officers are also welcome to take on executive posts within the responsibilities of NEMO.

Very important to note is that trainings are also available to the general public. That way, the information is more effectively propagated. According to Westby, a group of persons are welcome to call NEMO at their 936 hotline and request training, free of cost. It remains the goal of NEMO to educate everyone within the country. Members of the business community are also urged to encourage their staff within such trainings.

Trainings were spearheaded by Westby as well as Reniece Ogaldez, Training Officer, and Timrose Augustine, Belize City Coordinator. Hon. Edmond Castro, Minister of Transport and NEMO, was also present as well as Phillip Willoughby, past city councilor and current NEMO Operations Officer.