Disaster Preparedness Part 3
Greetings my fellow Caribbean people. First of all, I would like to thank you very much for all your comments on the articles Disaster preparedness especially those of you in Europe who thinks this is a very ambitious plan. Thanks to those of you in the Caribbean once more, who are still skeptical about this idea; you have every right to be because I don’t expect everyone to agree with my views on Disaster Preparedness. That is why I am encouraging you all to come together and talk about it. One thing is certain; we all agree that we definitely need an emergency fine for the Caribbean in case of a disaster. The question is where exactly do we start.
The important thing my friends is that we have already started talking about it. We need to talk about it in our schools, in our work places, on the internet, and where ever we can find a media to voice our concerns on this subject. Eventually the politicians are going to get it, and they would have no choice but to put the mechanism in place that will govern the whole idea.
We cannot go on like this because every hurricane season we asked ourselves who is going to be next. The uncertainties of not knowing who is going to get hit next demands us to come together and put some safety measures in place for our countries and our people. Coming together for such a good cause is one way of getting over all the differences between our countries. Ina addition, creating an emergency fund for the Caribbean also binds us together, and therefore we depend on each other for support.
Now is the time to do something meaningful about our situation. Don’t believe that our Tourism, Fishing industries or even our Oil Revenue will be fully restored when the storm blows over. The reality is that within about five years, most of us will be driving electric cars. And if you take a good look at places like the Dobie and some of the countries in the Middle East, you will notice they have effectively removed the tourist out of tourism. Our individual countries and their resources are too few and too far in between to depend on themselves in the event of a disaster.
The Europeans gave us a good example of this. A few years ago they realize if they all used the same currency, it would bring enormous benefits to them. This stirs up a huge debate most people had objected to. But somehow they manage to bring it all together. Today the Europeans are trading amount themselves and their dollar is gaining strength with each and every passing year. The only difference between the Europeans and us is if we manage to bring our ideas together and create this emergency relief fund, it will bring a lot more benefits to us. And that is what we are going to talk about the next time we meet. I also want you to know I don’t have all the answers, but this much I know: we should all strive to leave a better world for those who come after us. Get involve and please send me your comments.
By: Stephen Fanus