Re­buke to storm scep­tics

Jamaica Gleaner - - OPINION & COMMENTARY -

THE ED­I­TOR, Sir: COM­MEN­DA­TIONS TO the Govern­ment, Op­po­si­tion, pub­lic ser­vice and dis­as­ter­man­age­ment or­gan­i­sa­tions for the prepa­ra­tion and height­ened level of pre­cau­tion taken as Hur­ri­cane Matthew neared Ja­maica.

High praise be unto God for shift­ing such an im­pend­ing dis­as­ter. The me­dia and Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Ser­vice did ex­cep­tion­ally well, even though they were blasted by some ig­no­rant folks who be­lieved they blew the hur­ri­cane threat out of pro­por­tion. It is with this same thank­ful breath that we con­tin­u­ously send up prayers on be­half of all other coun­tries that have been, and are be­ing, af­fected by Hur­ri­cane Matthew.

My one dis­ap­point­ment was with the re­fusal of res­i­dents in high-risk ar­eas, like Port Royal, parts of Port­land, and the Pe­dro Cays, to evac­u­ate.

How can one be aware of im­mi­nent dan­ger and rely, in a cava­lier man­ner, on your shal­low be­lief that the hur­ri­cane isn’t com­ing so there is no need to pre­pare? Such per­sons are ig­no­rant!

I would ad­vise teach­ers in our schools to some­times put away the text­book and dis­cuss cur­rent af­fairs with their stu­dents. Al­low them to build their an­a­lyt­i­cal skills, be­cause from years of ob­ser­va­tion, the rea­son­ing level among some Ja­maicans here and abroad is em­bar­rass­ingly low. It con­trib­utes greatly to our crime, vi­o­lence and poverty prob­lems.

It is far bet­ter to be pre­pared for a hur­ri­cane that doesn’t come than to be un­pre­pared when it does. I en­cour­age all of us to al­ways be pre­pared for nat­u­ral dis­as­ters. DE’MAR­LEY WIL­LIAMS Stu­dent NCUde­mar­ley@stu.ncu.edu.jm

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