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TTC Special: The Caribbean prepared for new hurricanes

TTC Special: The Caribbean prepared for new hurricanes

The islands of the Caribbean are very affected by the floods caused by hurricanes. Photo: Narmys Cándano. TTC

By Frank Martin

The Caribbean always sees with mistrust the hurricane season in the area, which runs from June 1 to November 30

Shortly before the start the season‌ forecasts of tropical storms and hurricanes were triggered.

The region is preparing quickly to receive storms which can be more dangerous due to climate change, a phenomenon that cannot be avoided.

Although, hurricanes can be faced with before and after measures.

The starting Caribbean season have been described as “almost normal”.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration of the United States have predicted between nine and 15 named storms, of which four to eight will reach the intensity of hurricanes and two to four could become important events with winds over 111 mph.

Compared to 2018, the 2019 forecast could be considered perhaps benign.

Last year’s season produced 15 named storms, eight hurricanes and two major hurricanes, although none affected the Caribbean region with the force and damage of Irma and Maria in 2017.

As part of the preparations, the Caribbean Tourism Organization held a one hour live Facebook discussion.

“There’s nothing like preparation,” said Frank Comito, CEO and CEO of the Caribbean Hotel and Tourism Association (CHTA).

He added that CHTA urged its members to review the practices implemented, to update contacts in the event communications systems are disconnected, to store emergency items.

Caribbean leaders met last month to review the priorities and risks of disasters related to climate change, as the region dependent on tourism faces more frequent storms and related disaster risks.

According to the organizers, the Caribbean conference provided government and tourism officials with the opportunity to renew commitments to work together throughout the Caribbean and in all institutions, to invest in preparedness and build resilience by adopting a participatory approach.

The destructive hurricane season of 2017 challenged the region to improve preparedness, strengthen infrastructure, increase fiscal reserves and strengthen social safety nets.

The general opinion of the Caribbean is that natural disasters in the region have become increasingly intense in the face of climate change.

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