What is going to be needed on Caye Caulker, not concerned too much with
San Pedro town, as they have a well organized bunch of people and groups
too organize and donate relief. But Caye Caulker is going to be much
more difficult to deal with than San Pedro.
BTL need to get communication up pronto. Electricity next. I
personaly believe the BDF should be there rolling up their sleeves and
clearing streets, yards of debris. For about five days, that will be the
The country of Belize has adequate supplies of almost everything in the
commercial centers. Money and transport is going to be the thing. Zinc
roofing sheets certainly, plastic tarps, nails and tools. Mostly labor
will be immediately needed by the military. To work alongside the
villagers. After Hurricane Hattie the Village Council organized a food
kitchen and also work teams with assigned jobs for a couple of weeks.
Mostly this was clearing debris, then making shelters, or repairing
quickly houses. My job at the time was getting the stuff from the
mainland to the island. The GOB paid for it about a year later. We took
it from Hofius Hardware and the Marketing Board on a paper authority by
Governor Thornly and at the point of a couple of British troops loaned to
me, armed with bullets and bayonets. We signed for the stuff, loaded
boats and went. There were riots at the time in the port of Belize City
and the place was under three feet of mud as the aftermath of the tidal
surge of 15 feet covering that town. It should not be near that bad Monday.
I think the house damage is going to be bad though on Caye Caulker and
fully expect over 70 buildings to be destroyed. Perhaps as many as 105
buildings destroyed, or severly damaged. Remember Caye Caulker is a
shallow sandbar compared to high San Pedro.
It is easier to organize donations to San Pedro, but do not forget a
fund for Caye Caulker, they are going to need it much worse. Because
they are cut off and without commmunication, their plight might be ignored.