Making countries hurricane proof

Hurricane-induced damage is, as we are all aware, devastating. We have all seen media reports and coverage of regions that have been destroyed by tropical storm systems moving through, and it truly is a powerless sensation to observe the devastation while being conscious of the fact that, aside from donating to relief funds, we really can’t do much to help all of the people impacted.

On the topic of hurricane damage, though, there is some good news, brought to us by an article from The Good News Network. “… the tiny nation of Dominica—which is even smaller than its neighbor Dominican Republic—is on course to hurricane-proof its country after being devastated by Hurricane Maria,” the article explains.

“Describing the project as creating the first “climate resilient” nation, Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit addressed the UN general assembly in the aftermath of Maria’s landfall, asking for the funds to create such a nation—one that cannot only resist powerful storms physically, but also economically and spiritually.

“Skerrit’s plan is to create cities of hurricane-proof structures that won’t leave mountains of debris behind after storms.

“(Pepe) Bardouille is CEO of the government’s Climate Resilience Execution Agency of Dominica (CREAD), and he believes that building a climate-resilient nation starts with every person considering how the planning decisions they make will hold up under winds higher than 150 mph.

“CREAD has been charged with establishing uniform building codes, geothermal energy plants, a hurricane-proof hospital and healthcare system, and improving public transit,” the article explains.

I think this is an absolutely tremendous inventive which will prove to be a positive effort on all accounts. It is incredible to consider the amount of destruction and tragedy this plan will help to avoid, and it’s worth recognizing the potential of other hurricane-prone regions to take on this same plan and implement it.

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