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#5978 - 10/04/00 02:28 PM HURRICANE RE-CONSTRUCTION PHASE STARTS TODAY ON CAYE CAULKER AND SAN PEDRO
Marty Offline
Oct. 4th, 6 a.m. Wednesday by Ray Auxillou
Most needed are reconstruction supplies to replace roofing.

In short supply are:

a) corrugated zinc roofing in 6 ft, 8 ft, 10 ft, 12 ft, 14 ft and 16 ft
lengths.

b) lumber - 1"X4", 2"X 4", 1" X 6" and 2" x 6" in lengths from 12 ft
through 18 ft in length.

c) galvanized coated nails in 3", 4" and 5" size lengths

d) zinc roofing nails

Whoever owns the dredge at Caye Caulker, needs to get the engine
dismantled starting today. The heads have to be removed, inside engine
cleaned with fresh rain water and then soaked in diesel. Re-assembled
quickly and started up pronto with fresh oil and filters and new diesel.
Otherwise that is going to be a lost dredge if they leave it sitting for
a week. It could be the operator covered the exhaust and air intake
holes with plastic and tape, if so, then the engine base needs draining
and new oil and fresh fuel and filters and the baby kicked over and
started before rust sets. Thats at least a $100,000 investment needs
attending to fast.

Old people who have house damage are going to need assistance with
repairs. Don't know if the BDF are any good at that, but quick work can
save things from getting progressively worse. Supplies are going to be a
problem.

I would think manpower and supplies will be the biggest drawbacks.
Plus shipping.

BTL and communications are another quickie problem to be solved. Taking
one day's work and $30 in water taxi fees to go to the mainland to make a
phone call, is not efficient.

Rice, beans and flour should do the trick for food. Supplies of these
and maybe cooking oil. Nothing much should be wrong with stoves.

Expect today will be a drying out day and working day moving debris.

CLEANUP DAY TODAY ON THE OFFSHORE CAYES. LOTS OF LABOR NEEDED. Due to
the nature of the shock of a catastrophe, outside labor teams are needed
to start the impetus and get things moving. People on the ground are
often paralyzed by shock. They may not think so, but they are slow when
there are too many things to get done. They are frozen and cannot make
choices. It takes about three days to wear off. If labor teams can be
got out to the islands and start things rolling, human nature will
recover and things go faster and smoother.

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#5979 - 10/04/00 03:59 PM Re: HURRICANE RE-CONSTRUCTION PHASE STARTS TODAY ON CAYE CAULKER AND SAN PEDRO
ragnardain Offline
Marty,
I am going to be arriving in Belize City on Saturday. Was wondering if you could give me any information concerning how customs is handling supplies ie. chainsaws, shovels, hammers and such. In addition do you have a name or contact once I arrive that could some help in the recovery effort.

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#5980 - 10/04/00 04:04 PM Re: HURRICANE RE-CONSTRUCTION PHASE STARTS TODAY ON CAYE CAULKER AND SAN PEDRO
Bob Newman Offline
Marty:

Please contact me when you have a chance.

Bob Newman

Executive Editor, Fishbelly.com
Contributing Editor, Fly Fishing in Salt Waters

bobnewmancomm@msn.com

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#5981 - 10/04/00 04:09 PM Re: HURRICANE RE-CONSTRUCTION PHASE STARTS TODAY ON CAYE CAULKER AND SAN PEDRO
Anonymous
Marty,
As one person going down to help, what can I bring that I can get through customs? Is it worth it for me to make the trip for just the weekend to bring in Rice beans and tarps? Is it safe for me to be there as a single woman? I have some friends who work on the island but have not communicated with them. Please advise.

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#5982 - 10/04/00 05:07 PM Re: HURRICANE RE-CONSTRUCTION PHASE STARTS TODAY ON CAYE CAULKER AND SAN PEDRO
Anonymous
Marty,
There two reconstruction topics. could you please respond to my above request. I am computer illiterate and unable to effectivly use the board am eager to help.

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