St. Kitts-Nevis Chamber shines light on the fact that a renewed focus must be brought to bear on the twin-island state's preparedness strategy. This comes on the heels of two Category 5 Hurricanes ravaging the Eastern Caribbean, devastating several islands in its path and causing an impact that has ricocheted across the region. Climate change and severe weather patterns will cost the region billions of dollars in recovery efforts; but the impact on the economies of islands that did not sustain a direct hit, (as was the case with St. Kitts & Nevis) will be felt for quite a while. St. Kitts & Nevis needs a fresh approach to mitigation; one that takes into consideration our present vulnerabilities, meets the needs of our new reality and allows us to develop the resilience needed provide speedy recovery. The plan needs to include security measures and it should take into account the interconnectivity and trade links between the islands and the US mainland as critical dependencies exist. Outside of the national plan, there needs to be a regional plan, adapted to this new era and prepositions support where it can be easily mobilized to stabilize, sustain and initiate recovery measures.
St. Kitts & Nevis recognizes the need to review its disaster mitigation strategies, in light of the new realities of climate change.
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