By NEMO Information Unit
Aug 20, 2007, 12:21 pm

BELMOPAN 8/20/2007 12:21 PM - The National Emergency Management Organization (NEMO) announces that Hurricane Shelters in the Corozal District, Orange Walk District and Belize District will be opened at 12:00 Noon today. People are strongly encouraged to move out of low lying, coastal and valley areas to higher ground or begin to seek shelter as soon as possible.

NEMO will be providing transportation for those who are unable to afford to move. The public is hereby advised that effective immediately buses will begin pickup at the following locations: Cummerbatch Football Field, Brodies, Northern Highway, and the Belize City Center.

It has also come to the attention of NEMO that some businesses have began to raise their prices for goods and services. NEMO therefore reminds businesses that once the Hurricane Phase has been declared there should be no increase of prices for goods and services.

In light of the threat of Hurricane Dean, Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. Said Musa has announced a price freeze on all goods and services, effective immediately.

The Cabinet, on the advice of NEMO, has decided to implement a curfew from 8:00 pm tonight to 9:00 am. tomorrow The areas that the curfew will cover are all of the Corozal District, Orange Walk District and Belize District, including Belize City, San Pedro, Ambergris Caye and Caye Caulker.

Hurricane Dean was located near latitude 18.0 north...longitude 83.2 west or
about 330 miles east of Belize City.Dean is moving toward the west near
21 mph and a westward or west-northwestward motion is expected over the
next 24 hours. Maximum sustained winds are near 150 mph with higher gusts.
Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 60 miles from the center...
and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 205 miles.

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