Can We Battle a Hurricane?

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CAN WE BATTLE A HURRICANE?

Late August and early September of 2004 will long be remembered in the annals of history. It was during this time that the tropical island nation of the Bahamas experienced, in less than a week, the awesome destructive force of Mother Nature. This destruction as the hands of hurricanes Francis and Jeanne, and every island in the chain had a taste of fury, although there were two, Abaco and Grand Bahama that could have been referred to as gluttons.

The catastrophic damage left as these hurricane waltzed through the archipelago left many wondering whether we can really be prepared for natural disasters. We know full well that winter winds and seas relocate beaches, summer lightening storms can set fire to pine forest but no one really knows when the fury of a hurricane will land. We must, however, ensure that we are prepared as we cannot afford the 2004 estimate of $500 million every hurricane season.

To counteract unexpected onslaughts we must:
1. Have adequate insurance coverage for our buildings and homes.
2. Ensure that elected officials upgrade and the Ministry of Works enforces building codes and
3. Create a viable preparation plan by
a) Establishing organized volunteers
b) Providing for the loss of work
c) Creating rapid response directory
d) Preventing shoddy construction
e) Improving response time
f) Establishing a government sponsored segregated fund

No one knows when we may experience another angry hurricane, but we need to mobilize strategic plans as our foreign researches are still trying to recover from the blow suffered in…...

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