Dominica government advised to allocate more funds towards disaster management

first_imgSevere flooding in Massacre due to the passage of Tropical Storm Ophelia in 2011.Dominica’s former disaster management coordinator Cecil Shillingford has indicated that based on the vulnerability of the Caribbean to natural disasters, disaster management and preparedness should be placed on the government’s front burner.Shillingford while reporting to the media following the end of a meeting with stakeholders in the sector earlier this week, issued a call to donor agencies and the government for more money to be allocated towards disaster risk reduction and management.“We need the international and regional organizations to understand our vulnerability. We are the most vulnerable region in the world. We see all these hurricanes every year, we have lots of volcanoes we are in an earthquake region, we have landslides at is pertains to heavy rainfall. We need the regional organizations to put a little more money into the region to look at risk reduction. We need our government also to put more money for that national office. We do not want to manage disasters; we want to do things ahead of time”.Shillingford also emphasized the common saying that precaution is always better than cure.“We want to do things ahead of time so that an event doesn’t necessarily have to be a disaster. So if things are in place and you have a hurricane, it doesn’t have to be a disaster. If all our houses are built to a certain specification, we will lose fewer roofs”. He said if the effects of hazards are assessed early, a “disaster” might not necessarily be a disaster.Dominica Vibes News Sharing is caring! Share 43 Views   2 comments Sharecenter_img Share Tweet LocalNews Dominica government advised to allocate more funds towards disaster management by: – April 19, 2012last_img

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