My daughter Sharon who is working the phones between Belize and South
Florida, tells me that there were actually two boats got to Caye Caulker
last night. Two more should have arrived with drinking water supplies
and BDF troops this morning already. The word is that ten houses were
destroyed and the ten families are now exposed to weather and homeless.
A few dozen buildings are damaged. No report on which particularly,
though the RC School building is reported as losing it's roof. That was
a big building, but the roof was old zinc anyway. As a hurricane shelter
it must have been lousy and wet. Especially if the wooden louvers blew away.
Cellular phone contact with the island is intermittant. They need some
temporary portable generators to charge batteries. Power is down and off.
There has been no word of BTL or BEL work crews being sent out yet.
The port where these outfits are located is still flooded but is draining.
I am personally gratified and pleased at the efforts of NEMO and the
PUP government to respond to suggestions and critiques from old farts and
armchair warriors of bygone days like me. The response and
implementation of Hurricane Disaster efforts have been superb. Those of
you that know me, know I would not say that if I didn't believe it. As
I'm a crotchety old man, who loves to criticize! While de-briefing of
Hurricane Disaster Teams may in the future find some faults, from here
and now, I can find none! Not a one! They are on the spot, rapid and
doing their jobs. Things are moving along splendidly given the
circumstances and difficulties.
I think all you Belizeans at home and those of you abroad should be
proud of how this Hurricane Emergency Teamwork system is working in
Belize. It is prompt, measured and using the maximum resources in a
timely manner. I kid you not! This is nothing like what happened in
Hurricane Fifi, and Hurricane Hattie. From me, that is high praise indeed.
I'll tell you a little secret that may get me in trouble here where I
live in South Florida. This operation by the GOB of Belize for Hurricane
Keith is superior to what Dade County Government did in Hurricane Andrew
in Florida. You better believe and stand proud. It's true.
We are not getting the local National news on this listserve, so if you
locals are; posting something to the list would be useful to us all. I
have not been able to get into Love FM audio broadcasts since last
Saturday. I put that down to flooding and no power. But my daughter
Wendy up at the Belizean Embassy area of Washington D.C. , says she is
getting the audio broadcasts. The ones I got on Saturday were really
good. Love them. If you haven't got speakers and audio on your
computer, GET THEM. Nothing like it. Love FM probably need to move to
higher ground out at BOOM supposedly 20 ft above sea level. Their
service is excellent. I would just wish they could mount the stuff in a
shorter faster time frame though. So it was more timely.
Nuff from the cheap seats here!