Belize Communities Receive Tools, Training for Disasters

PADF Belize Project Director Minerva Pinelo and a representative of Belize National Emergency Management Organization pose for a picture with the donated equipment.

The Pan American Development handed over tools and equipment to the Belize National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) and to local first responders in the towns of for Dangriga and Hopkins Village in southern Belize. 

First responders received certificates after completing seven weeks of training in search and rescue, first aid and shelter management.

Funded by Taiwan, the Community Preparedness and Resilience initiative has assisted more than 14,000 residents in preparing for and responding to disasters. The year-long project trained and certified Community Disaster Response Teams, engaged local students about climate change, created hazard maps and early warning systems in each community and planted mangrove trees to mitigate coastal erosion.  

Each community response team is now equipped with a first aid kit and search and rescue bags. NEMO received equipment including a chainsaw, flotation device, burn kit, wheelbarrow and safety vests helmets and glasses. 

Shorlette Grant, Lynn Rodriguez and Oris Lewis were used their training as first responders during and after Hurricane Earl struck Belize in August.