Cuba to Continue Disaster Management Support For Caribbean

A child looks at donated clothes at a convention centre for Caribbean refugees whose homes were destroyed by Hurricane Irma, in San Juan, Puerto Rico.A child looks at donated clothes at a convention centre for Caribbean refugees whose homes were destroyed by Hurricane Irma, in San Juan, Puerto Rico. | Photo: Reuters

Telesur 10/17/17 — The Caribbean island nation is internationally recognized for its disaster management strategies.

Cuba will continue to share disaster management support and strategies against climate change with its Caribbean neighbors, a senior official confirmed Monday.

In the presence of representatives from Antigua and Barbuda, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Saint Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago, Bahamas, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Belize and Grenada, Cuba offered the promise of continued support for disaster prevention strategies.

“Cuban cooperation is unconditional and they can always count on it,” America Santos Rivera, Cuba’s deputy minister of Science, Technology and Environment, CITMA, told the delegation.

Santos said the most important factor in targeting a country’s vulnerabilities is preparation, knowledge and communication between the government and communities.

“I think the most important thing is to check in each meeting how much we have advanced, what has been assimilated, what kind of skills are being learned and how we can apply them. That will help to define the international projections, what to do in each country and others,” Santos said.

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