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Cuba far Better Prepared For Disasters Than USA

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posted on Sep, 18 2005 @ 01:37 AM
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The following article illustrates the outstanding reaction of the Cuban government to a category four hurricane. The glaring difference in preparedness and follow-through with a pre-existing plan by a country with minimal resources is enough to at least give one pause.
 




Source (LA Times)

HAVANA — Cubans have no Astrodome or cruise ships to house evacuees, and meals-ready-to-eat usually consist of rice and beans. But they have weathered some of the most violent storms the tropics can churn up, with surprisingly low death tolls and almost perfect compliance with evacuation orders.

Last year, United Nations emergency relief coordinator Jan Egeland singled out Cuba for praise among Caribbean nations for hurricane evacuation planning. When Hurricane Ivan swiped the island last September, for example, Cuba didn't record a single death, but 115 people died regionally. The same month, Hurricane Jeanne killed more than 1,500 in Haiti, many drowning in floodwaters.

Now, as analysts and politicians examine how the U.S. government responded to Hurricane Katrina — and how to avoid a similar catastrophe — some say this communist island may offer a few lessons.



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Cuba has a Gross National Product of 10.6 billion as opposed to the USA's GNP of 10.4 trillion (10,400 billion) or 1000+ times the resources.

Even being generous and adjusting for the US population (300M) and the Cuban population (11M) we still have forty times the resources and do perhaps 1/10th as well at dealing with such a disaster as Katrina. So given their resources and response I conclude that Cuba is many factors better at dealing with major disasters than the supposed mighty USA. Utterly pathetic.

If we were not shamed before, we should be now, as we see how our humble and poverty-stricken southern neighbor exponentially outclasses us in disaster response.

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[edit on 18-9-2005 by opensecret1150]

[edit on 18-9-2005 by opensecret1150]

[edit on 27-9-2005 by DJDOHBOY]




posted on Sep, 18 2005 @ 03:06 AM
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Cuba has a Gross National Product of 10.6 billion as opposed to the USA's GNP of 10.4 trillion (10,400 billion) or 1000+ times the resources.

Even being generous and adjusting for the US population (300M) and the Cuban population (11M) we still have forty times the resources and do perhaps 1/10th as well at dealing with such a disaster as Katrina. So given their resources and response I conclude that Cuba is many factors better at dealing with major disasters than the supposed mighty USA. Utterly pathetic.


I am sorry to tell you that any Cuban-Americans reading this, me included, would laugh at the ignorance of the above statement.

The regime in Cuba is a totalitarian state, whatever information makes it to the news, is the information castro wants people to read, or hear.

There are no independent media, it is all controlled by the government.

Most people in Cuba cannot repair their homes, and the government doesn't give a damn about helping repair homes, or even streets.

I can say with 100% certainty that the Cuban government does not provide the real figures on anything, be it number of deaths because of hurricanes or anything else.

If you want to see the truth about Cuba, visit the country and stroll away from the tourist areas...

We have had sections of the island, with houses and people washed away by storms, yet does the world media gets to know this?.... no.



[edit on 18-9-2005 by Muaddib]



posted on Sep, 18 2005 @ 01:12 PM
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Good point. Can you point to some sources verifying said cover-up?

By the way the US govt. seems to be doing the same thing (shrinking body count).



 
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