NEMO in cooperation with the respective Emergency Management Committees,
and all Public and Private agencies, is established to preserve life and
property throughout the country of Belize in the event of an emergency,
threatened or real, and to mitigate the impact on the country and its
The NEMO comprises the Cabinet, with the Prime Minister as the
Chairperson, the Cabinet Secretary, as Secretary, the NEMO Secretariat
and the 10 Operational Committees (chaired by Permanent Secretaries).
The ten Operational Committees are as follows:
Education, Communication and Warning; Medical and Relief Measures;
Housing and Shelter; Search, Rescue and Initial Clearance; Collection
Control and Distribution of Food and Material; Assessment and Evaluation
of Damage; Foreign Assistance; Transport; Environment and Utilities.
The other permanent members are the Belize Red Cross, the Belize
Teachers Union, the Chief Meteorological Officer, the Commandant BDF and
the Commissioner of Police. Integral to NEMO are its 9 District
Emergency Committees (chaired by the senior Minister in each District)
representing Belize, Corozal, Orange Walk, Cayo, Stann Creek, Toledo,
Belmopan, San Pedro and Caye Caulker.