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The Belize Port Authority's responsibilities are:

  • Disseminate relevant information to all Mariners.
    • Hurricane Precautionary advice
    • The latest bulletins on the progress of the storm
  • Liaise with Belize City Manager to ensure that Swing Bridge, Bel-China and Belcan Bridges are opened to enable boats and barges to be taken to safe mooring.
  • Direct all vessels in port to safe harbour.
  • Broadcast all relevant information relating to Search, Rescue and Evacuation Operations.
  • Broadcast all relevant information relating to access operations.
  • Ensure that all harbour and port operations return to normal.

Education

  • To use all available media to educate the public about potential disasters and the appropriate contingency plans in order to mitigate the impact of disasters to mariners.

Communication:

  • To disseminate accurate and updated information regarding disasters to mariners in an efficient manner.
  • To establish internal and external communication networks with Disaster Management Committees.

Warning:

  • To verify that the Emergency Warning System is operational and effective.
  • To disseminate all relevant decisions of NEMO to Mariners.

The BPA is a member of the following Emergency Management Committees:

  • Education, Information, Communication, and Warning Committee
  • Search, Rescue and Evacuation Committee
  • Restoration of Utilities and Access Committee
  • National Emergency Management Organization
  • City Emergency Management Organization

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