HFA National Reports
National Report 2007: no reported
National Report 2006: no reported
National Report 2005: no reported
No National Platform reported
HFA National Focal Point
National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO)
Address: NEMO Headquarters, Belmopan, Belize
Phone:011 (501-8) 222054 / Fax: 011(501-8) 222861
Contact person: Lt. Col. George Lovell, Deputy National Emergency Coordinator
Technical Focal Point:
Mr. Martin Alegria, Chief Environmental Officer.
Address: 1012, Ambegris Avenue, Belmopan, Belize, Central America
Phone: (011-501-8)222816 / Fax: (011-501-8)222862
Permanent Mission of Belize to the United Nations Office and Specialized Agencies in Geneva
Her Excellency Mrs. Janine Elizabeth Coye-Felson
Deputy Permanent Representative
Address: c/o Permanent Mission of Belize to the United Nations 675 Third Avenue, Suite 1911, N.Y. 10017 New York
Tel: +1 (212) 986-1240, Fax: +1 (212) 593-0932
UN System Coordination
UN Resident Coordinator:
Ms. Jessica Faieta
National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO):
Peter Parchue, National Disaster Coordinator
Tel: (011-501-8)222054 / fax: (011-501-8)222861
CDERA member: Lt. Col. George Lovell, Deputy National Coordinator, National Emergency Management Organization.
Address: Nemo Headquarters, Belmopan, Belize (Central America)
Phone: (011-501-8) 222054 / Fax: (011-501-8) 222861
PAHO/WHO Belize: Dr. D. Beverley Barnett, PAHO/WHO Representative
Address: No. 168 Newtown Barracks, Belize City, Belize / P.O. Box 1834, Belize City, Belize
Phone: (011-501-2)2448-85; 2448-52; 2455-36; 2339-46 / Fax:(011-501-8) 2309-17
Website: [www.blz.paho.org www.blz.paho.org]
Belize Red Cross Society:
Address: 1 Gabourel Lane, Belize City, Belize / - P.O.Box 413
Phone: (011-501) 227-3319 / 223-3617 / 223-4276 / Fax:(011-501)223-0998
E-mail: [maito:firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com]
Population: 279,457 (July 2005)
Area: 22,966 sq km
Religion: Roman Catholic 49.6%, Protestant 27%, other 14%,
Language: English (official), Spanish, Mayan, Garifuna (Carib), Creole
Ethnic groups: WMestizo 48.7%, Creole 24.9%, Maya 10.6%, Garifuna 6.1%, other 9.7%
Government: Parliamentary democracy
Currency: Belizean dollar
Position in the HDI: 91°
Belize, situated on the east coast of Central America, is affected by hurricanes, tidal waves, floods, landslides, fire disasters and wind damage.
Hurricanes have had the most devastating effect on Belize, and high winds and storm surges regularly cause damage. The coastal areas are especially exposed. As the land is drained by relatively fast-moving rivers, flash floods often occur. The second largest barrier reef in the world covers the entire coastline, engendering storm surges due to the shallow bay. Furthermore, the proximity of the country to the boundary of three tectonic plates makes it prone to seismic hazards.
The most recent hurricanes to affect the country were Keith in 2000, causing three deaths and major damage, and hurricanes Chantal and Iris in 2001, with the latter causing 22 deaths due to a capsized boat. Hurricane Mitch of 1998 did not affect Belize directly, but did cause severe rains and floods in the coastal areas. An Emergency Operation Centre was established in Belize City to evacuate more than 75,000 people from the city and the coastal islands to temporary shelters in Belmopan.
The National Emergency Management Organisation (NEMO) was established in 1999 in the aftermath of hurricane Mitch. It comprises the Cabinet, with the Prime Minister as the chairperson, the Cabinet Secretary as secretary, the NEMO secretariat and 10 Operational Committees on various response-related activities. The Belize Red Cross, the Belize Teachers Union, the Chief .
Meteorological Officer, the Commandant of the Belize Defence Force and the Commissioner of Police are the other permanent members. Furthermore, there are nine District Emergency Committees, chaired by the Senior Minister in each district, which are integral to NEMO.
In April 1999, the National Disaster Plan on Hurricane Preparedness was updated and published. To test this plan, a countrywide simulation exercise (Exercise Millennium Breeze) took place in May 1999.
NEMO is focusing on training the trainers, thereby enabling the District Emergency Committees to set up their own training teams. It furthermore conducts shelter inspection. Emergency plans for hurricane, floods, fires and oil spill are being prepared.
Source: ISDR/The Americas.
2nd Floor, Lawrence Nicholas Building, Ring Road, P.O. Box 563, Belmopan, Belize
Tel: (501) 822-1094 or (501) 822-1104
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Kareem M. Usher, « Natural Hazard Mitigation Strategies in the Continental Caribbean: The Case of Belize », Études caribéennes, 7/2007, Les risques naturels majeurs dans la Caraïbe, [En ligne], mis en ligne le 4 février 2008. URL : http://etudescaribeennes.revues.org/document324.html. Consulté le 25 février 2008.
MDG Profile: Belize