Tips on How to Volunteer After A Major Disaster

Its impossible to accurately forecast the actual landfall strength of a Hurricane. However, this years tropical storms have been ravaging. The Caribbean islands are in ruins and Dominica, know as ‘Natures Island’, is naked. Its forests, mountains and wildernesses with hardly a speck of green. Its landscape now littered and desolate: Now just sterile ground.

Nobody, not even climatologist could be certain of the absolute power and the impact that would follow the hurricane. What is unusual in 2017 is the fact that there are two Category 4 and two Category 5 cyclones in just one month. Three dangerous hurricanes passed through the same area in under a month, as Maria, Irma and Jose have in September 2017

Global warming has been associated with the enormous strength and fury of of tropical cyclones. While is not confirmed that climate change results in more storm develop in the Caribbean now that ever before, the warmer seas clearly has increased the strength and frequency of the storms. The uncomfortable reality is that ocean temperature is now just under that 0.4 ° C rise. The total rise in temperature over the past 35 years is about 0.32 ° C, which is in the danger zone. 

Facts On Hurricane Disasters

Just after a hurricane, there will be flooding, uprooted trees crashing into houses and also blocking access, rooftops blown off and many houses totally demolished. Typically there is no drinking water, no grocery stores, no power and no telecommunications. Airports and shipping may be damaged and the island will be isolated.

“The island of Dominica is abuzz with government aid and civilian volunteers from all over the Caribbean, and from Canada, England, the USA, France, Germany and many European countries. Chain saws cut trees that block road, burly men and women in dungarees push and shove barrels of rubble and bulldozers plow the roads. People are building back their homes with sticks and shovels while the world sends in tools and supplies. There are agriculturalist planting in the bare land and aborists saving what the can of fallen trees. Even make shift saw mills are considered to reuse the wood for building. The Bare and sorry land has a vibrant spirit of resilience in spite of the devastating loss.” Source: irclay, AidDominica.

There are volunteer organisations that are invariably looking for specific talents required for the recovery efforts. Medical practitioners, nurses, doctors and first aid emergency personnel, are always popular. In the event of a hurricane disaster , there is a need for all forms of skills including engineers, agriculturist, construction workers plumbers and workers of all skill set.

Not all agencies are created alike, and you do need to check it out before you join. In addition be sure that your talents are required. Every situation is unique. At times a destination may have volunteers from people with a specific skills and none for crucial help needed right away.

Helping with Your Time and Donations

You will find that most islands have consulates who may have specific initiatives with regional aid groups in your country. It is a good idea to call them for their recommendations.

The major international aid agencies, such as the Red Cross, are easy to contact. They do not however guarantee that your donations will get to the specific island you want, as it is a universal fund and they choose how it will be spent and where. On the other hand it is tax deductible in many countries and in some cases, like in Briton, the government will match your donation.

How to Get the Best From Donating

When you are going to work with an aid agency or a volunteering association, remember that aid is a permanent obligation and make sure your group is going to be around for as long as needed. Keep in mind that The requirements of people recovering from a disaster vary with time. Therefore, you must be informed as to what is going on.

Volunteer Recovery Forums

There are many global disaster recovery, relief, response and help forums with a presence on the Net. But, not many are specific to an existing disaster or a specific region. Search for “Dominica Forum” or any destination forum and several hotel booking websites such as TripAdvisor pop-up displaying promotions of accommodations and reviews of resorts. A Google search for forums on a specific island disaster will display many news sites with few real-time interactive disaster recover messaging sites. The issue is that the damaged destination has suffered a total systems failure and often, they can not even use the Net.

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Tips and Resources for Hurricane Disaster Recovery

We all can help the Caribbean nations recover from the one the worlds worst hurricane disaster. Fierce winds have the potential to tear the islands apart. It has been inconceivable. Throughout the Caribbean, islands are ruined. Dominica, know as ‘Natures Island’, is ravaged. Its rain-forests, lush valleys and mountains left bare. Its landscape now littered and barren, reduced to an infertile field.

Nobody, not even the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration were able to know the absolute power and the ruthless destruction that would be brought on by the hurricane. What is exceptional in 2017 is that there were two Force 4 and two Force 5 hurricanes in just one month. Three major hurricanes hit the same region in 3 weeks, as Maria, Irma and Jose did in the Caribbean

Global warming has been blamed for the enormous strength and fury of these tropical depressions. While is not confirmed that climate change is the reason why we have more storm develop in the Caribbean now that ever before, the warmer oceans clearly has amplified the strength and frequency of the hurricanes. The uncomfortable reality is that ocean temperature is now just under the critical .4 ° C change that signals a doubling of extreme storms. The total rise in temperature over the last thirty-five years is about 0.32 ° C. That is pretty close to the 0.4 ° C pivot point. 

The Facts About Hurricane Disasters

Immediately after being struck by a hurricane, there may be dangerous flooding, uprooted trees strewn across buildings and also impeding access, roofs will be blown off and many houses utterly wiped out. There may be no safe and clean water, no food, no shops, no power and no radio or communication. Ports may be closed and an island will be isolated.

“Dominica is alive with government aid and civilian volunteers from all over the Caribbean, and from Canada, England, the USA, France, Germany and many European countries. Chain saws cut trees that block road, burly men and women in dungarees push and shove barrels of rubble and bulldozers plow the roads. People are building back their homes with sticks and shovels while the world sends in tools and supplies. There are agriculturalist planting in the bare land and aborists saving what the can of fallen trees. Even make shift saw mills are considered to reuse the wood for building. The Bare and sorry land has a vibrant spirit of resilience in spite of the devastating loss.” Source: irclay, AidDominica.

Your Skills are Needed

Volunteer Agencies are always looking for particular skills needed in the rescue efforts. Medical people, like doctors and nurses, are always welcome. After a hurricane, there is a need for all forms of skills including engineers, arborists, construction trade people electricians and people of every skill.

Naturally not all organizations are created alike, and you do need to check it out prior to signing up. In addition you need to be sure that your skills are what they need. Every situation is unique. Often a region will have a lot of volunteers by people with a particular skills and few for another skill that is critical.

Give Your Time

You will find that most islands have country consulates who may have special arrangements with regional charities in your country. Check with them about the destination you want to fund as they can advise you of any special arrangement that may apply.

The international aid organizations, such as the RedCross, are easy to contact. They do not however assure you that your donations will get to the specific region you designate, as it is a universal aid service and they choose how it is allocated. But it is often tax deductible and in some cases, such as in The United Kingdom, the government will match your gift.

Best Practices for Giving

If you are planning to partner with a donation organisation or a volunteering group, remember that aid is not a flash in the pan. It is a long term obligation and is going to be around for as long as it is needed. Keep in mind that Disaster recovery needs vary with time. So, it’s important to be informed as to what is changing.

As an example, Dominica lost its only source of communications when battery power ran out. Amateur radio enthusiasts manned the only communications on the island with ham radio equipment powered by consumer batteries that soon ran dry. The Foundation for Amateur International Radio Service  (FAIRS) “donated equipment to restore country-wide amateur radio communication on Dominica in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.” Source – FAIRS.

Donor Relief Forums

There are many global disaster recovery, relief, response and help forums with a presence on the Internet. However, not many are specific to an existing disaster or a current region. Search for “Dominica Forum” or any destination forum and you will see many travel holiday websites such as TripAdvisor pop-up displaying information of where to stay and ratings of resorts. Even a Google search for forums on a specific island disaster will display many news sites with few real-time interactive disaster recover messaging services. The issue is that the effected destination has generally had a systems failure and often, the people in most need cannot access the Net.

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How Do You Help Recovery from a Hurricane Disaster

Animal Flower Cave Barbados – Review

leewardislands-caribbeanThe animal flower cave in the Northern most tip of Barbados is a fascinating area. Its where the Atlantic and the Caribbean Sea collide as they swirl around this tiny Caribbean Island – Set apart and to  the east of the leeward islands in the lesser Antillies.

Its place is distinctive and so its it origins. Unlike most other islands Barbados is primarily a coral crustacean pushed out of the sea by volcanic action a very long time ago.

the hand etched by nature in the caves walls
the hand etched by nature in the caves walls

Limestone rock, coral, chalk and sand are the common qualities of the earth. A thing layer of solid gather on top on an infertile uplift of line stone and coral. It is fascinating to go down beneath the thin layer of soil that has deposited it self over time. Beneath is a patchwork of rock, clay, coral sandstone forming cavities and crevices that are intriguing to explore.

The best know caves in Barbados are Harisons, they are several miles to the east and south of the animal flower cave. A trip to Harisons cave is well worth the efforts and you will learn a lot about the unique formation of Barbados from their short film. But we are now at the Animal Flower cave, tine by comparison and far less splendid, it became famous for the animanal flowers that once flourished in the pools within the cave.

Review of the Animal Flower Cave as a Place for Kids

The thing about caves is that children love to explore them and are intrigued to find swimming pools and secret doors and all the mysteries on being underground. The colors and forms as also inspiring. If you let the child in you out you will find dragons and butterflies along with faces and hands hidden in the ceilings and winding rock formation and the coral clay walls. Kids marvel at the magic of it all. There are miniature pebble beaches with sand that is sometime washed up into the cave by a heavy sea.

It is a hidden den and a tiny copy of live above but with its own cieling of earth and artful colored coral rock. A microcosm of our world in a den beneath the earth.

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The animal flowers are not what they used to be, but the few on display in the shallow pool, still fascinate children and adults. They shut up tight when you touch them or even disturb the water around them. They do look like flower at first in bloom and open in magnificence, they quickly pull in their flower like petal and dart into nothing when disturbed.

The petels (called tendrils) are used to grab their food and are studded with venomous cells called nematocysts, which release toxins into prey such as fish and crustaceans, paralyzing them for easy digestion. They are a deadly beauty. The flowers in the cave are harmless to us but they are meat eating plants and you would  not want to be a tiny fish passing by. The guides will tell the story to children who are usually amazed at the idea of a meat eating flower.

The Cave and the Sea

Dancing not recommended
Dancing not recommended

You do need to watch your step and it is a bit slippy on some of the rocks.

The guides will help you along but it its not wise for the very elderly of anyone that is shaky on foot, to go prancing about the cave. If you have a balance problem you may want to sit this trip out and have a drink at the lovely north Point Restaurant overhead instead!

 

Waves In Caves

This is the north end of the island and sea can bet very rough. Althought the cave is 30 or more feet up from the surface of the sea, in extreme weather waves have been know to come right in. The cave will normally be closed if the sea is high, but it has happened in the past when things were not monitored as they are now.  The problem is not so much that the sea comes in, though that can jostle you about a bit, its that it goes out with equal or more force.

Many years ago Les Wotton of the West Coast Water Sport and his son Rex where exploring the caves when one of these waves came rushing in and filled the cave with water. Rex dove down and hung on tight to some coral attracted to the floor till the waters left. Les was not so lucky and got taken out and plopped into the ocean.

Fireengines and ambulances, friends and family and all the curious came to rescue. He was pulled up by ropes and pulleys, up over the jagged cliff face, and not surprisingly was bashed up. But he got back safe and sound and a little wiser that before.

One of the Top 10 Fun Things to Do With Kids

The Barbados Tourism Encyclopedia Rates the Animal Flower Cave in the 5 top favorite fun places for children. As we noted its is a magical world under the earth, and a delight for kids.

If you like this underside discovery be sure to go to Harisons cave listed above, and for something under the water check out the Atlantis SubMarine Adventure much loved by kids.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Atlantis Submarines Barbados Featured in TravelWeekly for its innovative video marketing campaign. See detail st http://finance.travelweekly.com/northstar.travelweekly/news/read/32038136

 
 
 
 

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HHR produces video animations of top positive reviews which are gathered from sites like Google and other review site in addition to hotel and hotel & tourism sites and HHRs review networks.

 
 
 
 

The review videos demonstrate the travellers experience and offers independent recommendation that is a great testimonial for Atlantis Submarines or any other tourism operator.

 
 
 
 

The videos, which are highly informative and are powerful sales and marketing collateral, are also syndicated to top digital media.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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HolidayHotel Video Review System is Shaking-up Travel

 
 

 

 
 

Travel reviews of Hotel and destination activities are the new word of mouth for the digital age. The majority of vacationers review numerous testimonials prior to scheduling a a vacation. Today with The new Holiday and Hotel review service (HHR), a review takes on a brand-new dimension as an  animated videos. Travelers now can  see a sincere account from tourists providing their individual encounters. additionally travelers experience what they are taking about with pictures and also video revealing the benefits and issues talked about.

 
 

 

 
 

The tourism service company HolidayHotel.Reviews creates and   computer animated review videos for hotel and tourism destination.

 
 

 

 
 

In this presentation, HHR,  collaborating with Barbados Atlantis Submarines, has enhanced a normal TripAdvisor guest review to bring the experience alive with insightful graphics and video. Travel Shoppers find the new visual reviews very helpful and engaging as they listen, read and see what others have to say about the holiday.

 
 

 

 
 

 

 
 

The testimonial in this review by Harene demonstrates what she says: The Dive was an enjoyable experience for the entire family. On this dive they were lucky to see “many different sort of fish, (gorgeous colors,) turtles, coral reefs, eels, an octopus  as well as a ship wreck. They went down to 145ft.”

 
 

 

 
 

 

 
 

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