How the Caribbean can lead in disaster preparedness

Climate Change

Writing at Devex, Magda Theodate suggests five things Caribbean countries to do to set global benchmarks for disaster preparedness and recovery:

Since experts warn of more frequent and powerful storms in the coming years, it’s important to quickly identify lessons learned from recent disasters, and implement improvements that not only save lives, but ensure better poststorm access to clean water, food, medicines, and also electricity, transport, and safe infrastructure.

The Caribbean is in a unique position to lead the way because of its long history of overcoming such disasters, and its resilient people. But the region cannot do it alone.

Theodate recommends that Caribbean governments should:

  • Engage with other regions
  • Build partnerships with the private sector
  • Strengthen civil defense plans
  • Reconsider how the military intervenes
  • Invest in renewable energy

For more, read the full article at Devex.

 

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