Citco Assembles Emergency Management Stakeholders Print E-mail
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Written by Shane D. Williams   
Thursday, 11 July 2013 00:00

Participants of SymposiumBelize City is as prepared to respond to a natural disaster as it has ever been after a two day symposium on disaster management on Thursday and Friday, July 4th and 5th. Belize City Mayor, Darrell Bradley, invited all the major players in disaster management to the Biltmore Plaza for a symposium themed “Comprehensive Disaster Management for Municipalities”.

The event was attended by representatives of different agencies in the City Emergency Management Organization (CEMO), such as first responders and shelter caretakers, and agents of the business community that provide services relating to disaster preparedness, such as hardware stores and insurance houses. Mayor Bradley said, “We cannot think about emergency management and response only during a hurricane. The message of the symposium is that we have to be proactive. In all our infrastructure projects we must factor in disaster management.”

Mayor Bradley said the symposium provided the opportunity for greater synergy to develop among the various agencies involve in disaster management: Met Department, Police Department, Belize Defense Force, Coast Guard, Fire Service, Transport Department, Belize City Council, Public Service Officers and others. He said, “In times of emergency there are people who risk their lives to ensure that others are safe and that needs to be recognized.” He said the goal of CEMO is to be “very efficient and well coordinated so that in times of a disaster every single entity know what they are supposed to do; every single person knows what they are supposed to do so that we are able to save lives.”