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Mika Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-21-05 08:32 AM
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36. OXFAM America:Cuba a model for disaster prevention and mitigation programs
Edited on Fri Oct-21-05 08:35 AM by Mika
I've been in Cuba during a hurricane and have seen their action in person.

Oxfam America recently studied the experience of Cuba in its development of disaster prevention and mitigation programs. Situated in the Caribbean Sea, Cuba frequently stands in the way of serious hurricanes. While its neighbors are battered, losing lives and property, Cuba is unusually good at withstanding these calamities, and suffers much fewer dead.

Oxfams report, entitled Weathering the Storm: Lessons in Risk Reduction in Cuba cites a number of attributes of Cubas risk reduction program that can be applied by other countries. Three in particular are transferable to Asia and other regions:

  • * Disaster Preparedness: Cuba was especially good at mobilizing entire communities to develop their own disaster preparations. This involves mapping out vulnerable areas of the community, creating emergency plans, and actually simulating emergencies so people can practice evacuations and other measures designed to save lives. When disaster strikes, people know what to do.

  • * Commitment of Resources: Cubas strong central government prioritizes resources for its civil defense department. This helps the country to build up a common understanding of the importance of saving lives, and the citizens trust that their contributions to the government are well used for this purpose. Their collaboration on developing emergency plans helped build confidence in the government, so people trust in the plan they helped develop.

  • * Communications: The communications system for emergencies in Cuba builds on local resources. Using local radio stations and other media to issue warnings on potential hazards also reinforces the disaster preparations. Since the local population is already involved in mapping risks and creating emergency plans, they are more inclined to act on emergency bulletins. Good communications, packaged simply, and built on existing, commonly used resources, is another way to build trust in disaster preparations.

    Cuba is a unique example. There is a strong central government committed to protecting all its citizens, even the poorest and most isolated who are typically the most at risk. The most common natural disaster in Cuba is a hurricane, a threat visible for days and even weeks in advance. Yet building a culture of disaster preparedness, and involving local communities in mitigating risks, are strategies that can be applied in many other places, regardless of how rich or poor a country might be.

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      -Stupid Cuba: They evacuate people AND pets AND belongings. Karmadillo  Oct-21-05 07:41 AM   #0 
      - Deleted message  Name removed   Oct-21-05 07:44 AM   #1 
      - Ummmmm...ok...yeah....  Thtwudbeme   Oct-21-05 07:47 AM   #6 
      - Deleted message  Name removed   Oct-21-05 07:49 AM   #9 
         - this has what impact on Cuba's hurricane response and readiness?  fleabert   Oct-21-05 07:51 AM   #11 
         - Oh, don't expect anything intelligent here  Thtwudbeme   Oct-21-05 07:53 AM   #16 
            - :-) I edited my first response...a bit lower down...  fleabert   Oct-21-05 07:55 AM   #19 
               - The ones I can't stand are the "welfare queens and cadillac" posters  Thtwudbeme   Oct-21-05 07:57 AM   #24 
                  - me too.  fleabert   Oct-21-05 07:59 AM   #26 
                     - Oh's so weird too....we had this conversation in my Hindu Mandala  Thtwudbeme   Oct-21-05 08:02 AM   #28 
         - You know, I just adore that Republican answer to Cuba  Thtwudbeme   Oct-21-05 07:52 AM   #13 
         - What's THAT got to do with the article? (nt)  Commie Pinko Dirtbag   Oct-21-05 07:52 AM   #14 
         - Enough  EstimatedProphet   Oct-21-05 10:38 AM   #44 
      - quite a shot you let off there, 12 guage!  fleabert   Oct-21-05 07:48 AM   #7 
      - Suddenly feeling like pizza  HeeBGBz   Oct-21-05 07:54 AM   #18 
         - with roasted republican on top? nt  fleabert   Oct-21-05 07:56 AM   #21 
      - I Don't Think The El Camino Was Introduced Until 1970 or so...  DemocratSinceBirth   Oct-21-05 07:50 AM   #10 
         - Check your facts. 1959 was the first year.  RebelOne   Oct-21-05 08:16 AM   #33 
      - It's so undemocratic  malaise   Oct-21-05 07:45 AM   #2 
      - yes, i heard that yesterday. They just go around with these big storage  rodeodance   Oct-21-05 07:45 AM   #3 
      - Are you serious? Cuba has dealing with hurricanes  babylonsister   Oct-21-05 07:46 AM   #4 
      - dh saw a bit yesterday, Cuba has the least number of deaths from  fleabert   Oct-21-05 07:49 AM   #8 
      - Deleted message  Name removed   Oct-21-05 07:54 AM   #17 
      - I don't believe you.  fleabert   Oct-21-05 07:57 AM   #23 
      - why not? n/t  ProdigalJunkMail   Oct-21-05 07:59 AM   #25 
         - guess.  fleabert   Oct-21-05 07:59 AM   #27 
            - you don't know hi/her, do you?  ProdigalJunkMail   Oct-21-05 09:38 AM   #37 
               - Oh, I should assume everyone in the Internets is saying the truth.  Commie Pinko Dirtbag   Oct-21-05 10:16 AM   #40 
               - i just thought that calling people out in the forums was wrong  ProdigalJunkMail   Oct-21-05 10:53 AM   #45 
               - this should explain it...  fleabert   Oct-21-05 05:08 PM   #47 
               - yes, it was rude, I was confident they deserved it.  fleabert   Oct-21-05 05:20 PM   #48 
      - Do you want another US sponsered Batista?  Thtwudbeme   Oct-21-05 08:04 AM   #29 
      - Yeah? Well...  Commie Pinko Dirtbag   Oct-21-05 08:08 AM   #30 
      - Yawn. Pizza anyone? n/t  CottonBear   Oct-21-05 08:12 AM   #31 
      - " it matters little if what they have is destroyed" WTF??  Mika   Oct-21-05 10:13 AM   #39 
      - I saw the same; if any country can be organized  babylonsister   Oct-21-05 07:56 AM   #20 
      - I think the OP was sarcasm. nt  Connie_Corleone   Oct-21-05 07:53 AM   #15 
      - Maybe Chertoff should make an official visit.  tasteblind   Oct-21-05 07:47 AM   #5 
      - Very easy for them to do.  Silverhair   Oct-21-05 07:51 AM   #12 
      - LOL, those communists just don't get it.  FSogol   Oct-21-05 07:56 AM   #22 
      - Yeah, if their possessions aren't washed away  vptpt   Oct-21-05 08:30 AM   #35 
      - Maybe we should send FEMA over to learn how to prepare for a hurricane.  CottonBear   Oct-21-05 08:15 AM   #32 
      - Those damned socialist commies. Caring about people & pets AND belongings?  radwriter0555   Oct-21-05 08:27 AM   #34 
      - OXFAM America:Cuba a model for disaster prevention and mitigation programs  Mika   Oct-21-05 08:32 AM   #36 
      - Brown should visit. Does anyone know any good restaurants in Havana?  Taxloss   Oct-21-05 10:08 AM   #38 
      - A country that cares about it's citizens, what a concept  Toots   Oct-21-05 10:24 AM   #41 
      - Umm.. Cuba, as a country, IS its citizens.  Mika   Oct-21-05 10:27 AM   #42 
      - Any precautions taken at Gitmo?  realFedUp   Oct-21-05 10:29 AM   #43 
      - Kick  Karmadillo   Oct-21-05 04:57 PM   #46 

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