Disaster Preparedness Part 2
Hello my Caribbean people. Last time we met I asked you to put on tour thinking caps. I hope you got them on. A whole year has passed since the last disaster struck Haiti, and yet we are left with more questions than answers. Millions of dollars were raised to help the Haitian people get back on their feet. Today they have not received ten percent of the money that were raised to help them. Haitians are still living in tents and sheltering under trees. Where did all the relief supplies and money go, It appears whenever there is a disaster in some part of the world; it is an opportunity for the so called relief organization to take a bite out of humanity.
Like I previously mention, we cannot continued to depend on other counties to take care of our problems for us. Especially with disasters such as what we saw in Haiti, St Lucia, and other counties around the world. If anyone thinks, we in the Caribbean don’t need a disaster relief fund, I beg him or her please take a look at Japan. My heart truly goes out to Japan and it’s people and they have my condolences but Japan is a rich country and I know they will rebuild. If something like that happen in anyone of the Caribbean islands, there is nothing you can do on your own, but if we come together and create this relief fund for the Caribbean, we can do plenty.
Creating an emergency relief found for the Caribbean; by the Caribbean working man and woman, Is a goal we all can achieve and it will cost you the Caribbean nothing. However, we must come together and agree to do it. Also we will have to put laws in place to govern it. Each and every one of the Caribbean islands will have a special role to play; I will explain this role a little later on
Here is how this is going to work. Every working man and woman will contribute one US dollar a week; through their pay role to this emergency found. At the end of the year, your contribution will be 52 US dollars to the fund; which you can claim at the end of the year. So you see, whatever you gave, you will get back. Now I know some Caribbean counties dollar value is very low; and they will be unable to contribute a dollar a week. But don’t worry; we will make accommodations for that. And also you the Caribbean people might not have to do it alone.
Here is an example of how this can be done. If we have two million Caribbean people contributing 52US dollars a year to this emergency found; at the end of five years, we will have about 520 million US dollars in that. Each and every year this fund will bring enormous interest and benefit to the Caribbean people. And here is a kicker, you the Caribbean people will not have to pay a cent to service and maintain this emergency fund. The juicy part of it all is yet to come. Please send your comments to Ifan112@comcast.net I want to hear from you, I leave you with those famous words from John F Kennedy; “It’s not what your country can do for you, but it’s what you can do for your country.”
Written by Stephen Fanus