Hurricane Ernesto is causing a buzz going on around the island and on the mainland. NEMO meetings are happening in both Belmopan and San Pedro. NEMO has declared Phase II. The Disaster Management Committee will be activated today. BRC will be receiving 2 delegates from PADRU (Pan American Disaster Relief Unit) tomorrow who will be working in the EOC in Belize City (or wherever it is moved to if needs be) and assisting with Belize Red Cross assessments. I was getting ready to walk to town and go check in with Jeromy Timrose at the NEMO office. will keep you updated on any new news.
.Tropic Air Hurricane evacuation Tips:
In the event that we are facing a hurricane, Tropic Air will begin Evacuation Service immediately.
Tropic’s goal is to evacuate their customers as safely and efficiently as possible. Please help Tropic Air make your family evacuation plan safe and efficient by keeping the following tips in mind:
– A hurricane evacuation will begin when a storm is declared within the Hurricane Watch.
– Tickets are issued on a first come, first served basis.
– Please arrive at the Tropic Air with your luggage, two small bags per person, prepared to evacuate.
– Owners of large pets that require kenneling must evacuate pets during the hurricane watch phase of the threat to San Pedro. No pet space will be available during the height of an emergency evacuation (Hurricane Warning).
– Please remember that cargo is on a space available basis, and over sized items will not be sent during this time.
– During an emergency evacuation Tropic Air will evacuate as many people as possible. Sometime during the Red Flag stage, Tropic will be forced to stop flying.
NEMO Hurricane Information:
Hurricane – A low pressure, large-scale weather system, which derives its energy from latent heat of condensation of water vapor over warm tropical seas, (may have a diameter of 93 to 621 miles, with sustained winds exceeding 116
mph, near the center with still higher gusts). (PAHO, 1992)
Hurricane Categories and Intensity Scale
Numbers range from one to five based on the hurricane’s present intensity which gives an estimate of the potential flooding and damages to property form a hurricane is as follows:
One: Winds 119-153 km h1 (74-95 mph)
No real damage to building structures; damage primarily to unanchored mobile home, shrubbery and trees.
Two: Winds 154-177 km h1 (96-110 mph) Some roofing, door and window damage to buildings; considerable damage to
vegetation, expose mobile homes, and piers. Small craft in unprotected anchorage’s break moorings.
Three: Winds 178-209 km h1 (111-130 mph) Some structural damage to small residences and utility buildings, with a minor amount of curtain wall failures, mobile home are destroyed.
Four: Winds 210-249 km h1 (131-155 mph) More extensive curtain wall failures with some complete roof structure failure on small residences.
Five: Winds greater than 249 km h1 (155 mph) Complete roof failure on many residences and industrial buildings, some complete building failures with small utility buildings blown over or away.
The following scale was developed by Saffir and Simpson and is commonly known as the Saffir/Simpson Hurricane Scale (SSH) and was submitted by the National Meteorogical Service.
Category 1 – Storm surge – up to 5 feet of water
Category 2 – Storm surge – 9 to 12 feet of water
Category 3 – Storm surge – 15 to 18 feet of water
Category 4 – Storm surge – 18 to 21 feet of water
Category 5 – Storm surge – 18 to 24 feet of water
Adapted from Health Sector Hurricane management plan 2000
The system of hurricane warnings is divided into four phases.
Phase I – Preliminary – One Red Flag – 21 N 80 W This Phase is declared by the Prime Minister after a tropical depression, tropical storm, or hurricane moves into or develops anywhere in the quadrant south of 21 degrees
North Latitude and west of 80 degrees west Longitude.
Phase II – Red 1 – One Red Flag with Black Center – 20 N 84 W (24 – 36 hours) This Phase is declared by NEMO when a tropical storm, or hurricane moves into or develops anywhere in the quadrant south of 20 degrees North Latitude and west 84 degrees west Longitude.
Phase III – Red 2 – Two Red Flags with Black Center – 20 N 85 W (Likely to strike in a few hours)
This Phase is declared by NEMO when a tropical storm, or hurricane moves into or develops anywhere in quadrant south of 20 degrees North Latitude and west of 85 degrees West Longitude and appears likely to strike the coast of Belize in a
matter of hours.
Phase IV – Green – Green Flag ALL Clear (has passed) This Phase is declared by NEMO after a tropical depression, tropical storm, or hurricane has passed, or no longer poses a threat to Belize and coastal waters.