This thread was inspired by the devastating effects of Hurricane Dean on the Lesser Antilles and also, the minor tremors experienced recently in Trinidad.
Are we prepared for a natural disaster such as a hurricane or an earthquake? What are your views on this.
I am not sure if we really prepare, I suppose it would depend on the seriousness of the hurricane or earthquake. I do not think anyone can be prepared for a earthquake like the one Peru had recently as an example. It seems like we always take for granted the fact that Trinidad seems not be seriously affected by these phenomenons which can be a dangerous type of thinking, you never know what "nature" will really do and when.
Personally, I always try to have a little food storage in case of emergency. This reminds me also that I need to prepare 72 hour kits (I moved so many times that I did not bother) but I think it is important.
The scary part about any kind of major destruction within this country is the 'mob effect'. An example of this was the July 1990 Coup, within hours Port of Spain was shattered by looting and burning buildings. It seems the people go wild, even in areas where there should not have been an issue people choose to loot. Now just think of something destructive here, not only do we have a government with no real plan in place but you are likely to perish at the hand of the people who organize themselves into gangs. No, don't look for police or security services, they can't handle the situation now, how will they handle it then? The only way to maintain control will be a mandatory curfew, but in the face of destruction how can you have a curfew if people have no where to live.
Based on what I read, it is not a matter of "if" but a matter of "when" an earthquake of big magnitude will hit us. The one in Haiti was 7.0 and the one that destroyed St. Joseph in 1776 was 7.9 so we know there is a big possibility that we can have a huge earthquake and for what I read, it is only a matter of time.
It is always a matter of time, but I was not focusing on just an earthquake, there is hurricanes, tornadoes (although rare), extreme flooding, civil unrest, and so forth, I'm mostly concerned with the inability for the government to mobilize relief and security during times when basic necessities are unavailable.
Trinidadians only prepare themselves at the last minute when something actually happens. We are not pro-active at all. I think if an earthquake strikes Trinidad, we can hope and pray that the Americans and the goodness of people all over the world, will save us. I am not relying on this government to help us in any crisis.
Geenie that's why you have to prepare yourself. I already planned to create some individuals bags for each member of my family with food items, water, etc so in case of emergency we can all grab our bags and leave.
Comments: I agree with you all. When you look at the lack of building codes in a number of areas where there is literally a free for all, and of course given the level of corruption that can be so evident with the Town and Country divisions, where a building can be easily approved by 'passing a lil ting',it shows what can happen. The mob will surely come out in their numbers to loot plunder and destroy even more. The government is clueless to say the least in addressing any major disaster in Trinidad.