Preparedness Measures

It used to be that preparedness meant buying duct tape to put over the windows, hammering plywood across the doors, and having a full ice chest. With the latest wave of recurring Category 5 hurricanes threatening the Caribbean and coastal regions from Latin America to the Northernmost reaches of the Atlantic, it is imperative that progressive techniques be used, including the entire complement of communications, recovery and sustainability elements.
Recent wind gusts of up to 225 miles per hour, in combination with extensive tornadic activity, does not allow for any indecision, outdoor movement or assurance of safety when suffering a direct hit. Meaning, even the best preparation plans can prove inadequate, especially where total evacuation is not seen as a viable solution. Thus, what-to-do in advance does pose an ominous question, and no level of early prep seems adequate for all, when the cyclone is among the worst, the angle is direct, and it persists to wreak havoc for an untenable period of time.

Critical Responsiveness

National MedSurg is an innovating teammate working with leading civic and private response networks to take next steps in pre-registering families and communities in need, and having stand-by care and supplies ready-to-go before, during and after the potentially disastrous conditions that arise. Many seek out NatMed interactives to assist with their supply and donations reaching the affected territories after a region is blighted, and more of these than ever are grass roots caregivers with extraordinarily good hearts and the able energy to round-up significant quantities of food and staples. Though, the usual delivery routes and carriage assets are not always available, and airports & seaports are often closed, which invokes non-traditional methods of ingress, provision and advancements.
Better responsiveness for future crises will require the pre-storm establishment of designated agents, funding allocations, and authorizations. And for feeding, of course, the traveling chefs are saluted as heroes, and rightfully so, who have consistently demonstrated the courage to fly towards the eye of the mayhem when evasive action has been ordered. Yet, much of the injury is so severe, for instance, that Dorian victims on Grand Bahama island cannot immediately enjoy the nourishment center stationed in Nassau, and food is not the only shortage for the Freeport and Abaco sufferers, for which emergency medical care and shelter is needed immediately.

Next-Generation Methodologies

As the confirmed serious consequences of climate change are expanding exponentially before our very eyes, NatMed is taking the initiative to assist civilians, NGO’s, public sector groups, and others potentially in harm’s way, with creative approaches, strategies, and deployments that help the chances of avoiding and/or enduring mishap as best as possible. NatMed relies upon scientific verifications from those in the meteorology community, but from there, it is up to those within the logistics, supply and relief teams to integrate for improved situation management, even when the outlook is feared to be catastrophic.
The emerging approach to advance planning is open-minded, taking all factors into account, and the query as to what is practical and affordable will necessarily be part of the equation. Having helped in cooperative preparation before – and major rebuilding after – dozens of storms, floods, fires and earthquakes, NatMed is familiar with many phases of the coping spectrum, including the benefits of political embrace, temporary protected status for transient victims, and humanitarian outreach in times of ultimate need. However, no person or organization should claim this as an manageable task to comprehend or alleviate, and we must all do our part to make progress in the face of the many grave episodes occurring, with an apparent worsening outlook.