"Belize After Tropical Storm Matthew"
Belize After Tropical Storm Matthew There were no casualties reported after the massive tropical storm Matthew left the area of Belize. It was a matter of preparedness and Belize was more than ready for the storm. Fortunately, the storm caused minimal damage to the small country. Matthew had poured heavy rains on both southern and northern Belize regions together with high winds and gusts exceeding 30 miles per hour. These had caused trees to be knocked down, power outages, floods, damages to ports, piers, boats and several houses lost their roofs. It didn't seem like paradise, but the Belize real estate companies were not rattled by these occasional events. The people prepared for the coming of the storm and the country ordered several necessary measures in order to prevent heavy casualties. Hurricane watch was issued for the coasts since such hurricanes can be devastating if it reaches sustained winds of 74 miles per hour or higher, causing huge damages to selected coasts. Classes were also suspended, according to the Belize Ministry of Education, before the onset of the storm. Also, mariners were advised to seek shelter and safety. Individuals in low lying areas were suggested to seek higher ground due to a possible flash flood. People inhabiting cays were also evacuated using boats at least 40 feet or longer. Flights, both local and international, were canceled as well for precautionary measures. It seemed that they were anticipating the storm's arrival; and since Belize is a tourist attraction and tourism is their bread and butter, it is only right that they prevent and minimize damages in these situations. Although, it is a fact that the country is prepared for certain calamities, there are no guarantees that the next storm won't be stronger. Storms and hurricanes are a perpetual threat to the Belize real estate industry and realty agents may have a hard time getting clients when events like this happens. Since Belize is located in a tropical region, storms are apparent. To make matters worse, greenhouse gases add to global warming, and in turn create stronger storms and hotter weather. Tropical areas in the world will be affected greatly by global warming than four-seasoned regions. Since in tropical coastal areas like Belize, rising tides are a great threat to communities and their livelihood. Tropical storm Matthew is just the tip of the iceberg and more are coming, far stronger and far bigger. Are the Belize real estate companies prepared for what lies in the future? After the storm, Belize, like any other country, went on with their daily routines, except for cleaning up the debris and fixing the damages caused by the said storm. Although it may take time for some flooded areas for water to subside, life in Belize continues. NEMO (National Emergency Management Organization), through their CEO Noreen Fairweather, declared after the storm that it was “ all clear” for Belize.