The community of Mero is said to be better able to face a natural disaster because of an ongoing project in that community.
The Mero Climate Change Management Program aims to develop a disaster management plan, a tourism disaster management plan and also to undertake public awareness and capacity building for the community.
Deputy Chairperson for the Mero Enhancement Committee Tarcious Pacquette told DNO that Mero’s disaster committee is now strengthened because of the program.
“We have in Mero a disaster committee called the Community Disaster Response Team (CDRT) … it was put in place before the program but what that project did was just strengthen the whole existence of it,” he said.
He said the committee is now able to better determine how to mitigate the effects of a disaster or climate change and its effect on the community, “because if we know the vulnerability of the community then we can know how to act upon the disasters if they arise.”
Meanwhile Tourism and Environmental Services Consultant and manager of the project, Marie Jose-Edwards, say the six month project aims at preparing persons in case of disaster and will serve as a model project for other communities.
Speaking on state-owned DBS Radio on Monday she said the program is important, “because climate change is real and specifically for Mero as it is so vulnerable to climate change especially flooding, hurricanes and because most of the community is based by the sea.”
She said the idea behind the project is make sure the people in the community are prepared for a disaster and climate change.
“The idea is for people to be prepared and for them to understand that climate change is real so that they can at least put in mitigation measures to protect their lives and property,” she stated.