On Wednesday morning at the St. Ann’s Anglican School in Belmopan Some 50 children from ages 6 to 16 participated in a 2 day training program on Hurricane awareness which was facilitated by NEMO. According to Clare Moody, District Coordinator For Belmopan, the best way to reach the larger community is through the children
“We’re trying to keep on top of having our community and the communities informed about disaster management, how do we handle our hurricanes, how do we accept our disasters, what do we do, when to do it, how to do it. The kids are listeners, and they are straight carriers. They take back home to their parents what they have learned, and this helps to build within their parents a more preparedness. It is the children that takes it home. They get it home fast, and they are the best way of getting to the parents.”
A couple of the children told us what they’ve learned from the hurricane training program.
“[We were taught about] hurricanes, the love of your mother, and illegal stuff. [A hurricane] can destroy you and your family.
“I have learned about the hurricane. I have learned about hurricane Hattie. It had killed 219 people. [A hurricane] can destroy you, and your family, and your house, and all your belongings.”
The program continues on Thursday.