God is not a Bajan, warns CDEMA boss

A top regional disaster official is today warning that God is not a Bajan even though this island has been spared the devastating onslaught of Hurricane Irma.
Executive Director of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Response Agency (CDEMA) Ronald Jackson further said that Irma, which devastated the northern Caribbean islands of Barbuda, St Maarten, the British Virgin Islands and Anguilla, could have easily veered south causing a similar impact on Barbados.

“Look at what is happening close by. Antigua is an hour and 11 minutes flight from Barbados. That’s not far. Hurricane Irma could have slipped a little bit lower down in its path and it could have been Barbados,” he said in light of the devastation caused by the powerful storm.

“As countries in the Caribbean, those of us who like to say God is a native of our respective country, we have to be very careful with the complacency that it puts us in.  It is not the days of yesteryear.  We are in a new normal where hurricanes and tropical storms are developing at a rapid rate.  They are not as predictable in terms of how they will track,” he added.

The CDEMA boss further emphasized that “there are variables which we have no control over as human being so it is important that we recognize that we are a hurricane people.

“It is part of who we are, so we have to be prepared for it and navigate it when it comes but not be nonchalant to think that we are going to always be safe. There is always our terms when it comes to these things like Barbadians would have seen in 1955 with Janet,” Jackson stressed.

He is therefore advising Barbadian authorities, as well as those in the region as a whole, to take a closer look at their building codes and land use policies with a view to stepping up the level of disaster readiness and preparedness.
In light of Irma, which is currently churning its way out of the Lesser Antilles, the CDEMA head also called on the region to re-examine the current model of development with a view to seeing how it may be adversely impacting the environment.
“Much of what we have done in the region has sought to interfere with and has disrupted that balance and it is a question of how do we restore that balance between physical development and natural assets,” said Jackson, while pointing to issues of infrastructure and drainage capability.
“One of the things that we’ve seen is that we’ve built up quite a bit, but we haven’t adjusted the drainage infrastructure to carry the overland flow. We have a tendency to remove trees and vegetation and harden the surface which causes rapid run off,” he explained while suggesting there was need to strike the right balance.
Considered a monster storm, Irma has so far claimed at least ten lives — including that of a young child — in addition to leaving a trail of destruction in the Leeward Islands, despite feverish efforts at preparation.
However, Jackson is still not satisfied that enough attention is being paid region wide to the issue of building codes. In fact, he suggested today quite frankly that many codes need not only to be updated, but to be implemented and more importantly enforced.
“We talk about public private partnership. That is an area where we really need to greater partnerships between government planning departments, the insurance sector and the banking sector so that we can get it right,” he said.
“ It is something that we on the CDEMA side, when we are not facing these adverse events, we are advocating for on the prevention and risk reduction side as part of our comprehensive disaster management strategy and advocacy programme,” he added.
Meantime, another hurricane – Jose – is taking aim at the northern Lesser Antilles, as a CDEMA rapid assessment team heads for Antigua. It comprises members of the Regional Security System, the Caribbean Community’s Disaster Relief Unit, the Caribbean Public Health Agency, the United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination . . . and the UK-based Department for International Development.

29 Responses to God is not a Bajan, warns CDEMA boss

  1. hcalndre September 8, 2017 at 2:43 am

    If God is a bajan and as I know bajans that when Barbados`s time comes around he would be sorry for the abuse he will get. Barbados is a place that they cut trees down with out any though given and the trees that are a danger to power lines and are hanging dangerously ready to fall they pay no attention to.

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  2. johnrsmith September 8, 2017 at 5:53 am

    What is needed in barbados ,is sensible people who will planned a strategy to be prepared in the future for every disaster , so far barbados has been very lucky, take that luck and use it ………….
    No one knows whats to come , or when , lots of experts are yesterday people , thats why there is so much failure in the world……….. For us, bajans need to find our own technology, develop it put it in place that I know we can do, because as an engineer I have work with many bajans in the UK on many MOD and private projects ………..

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  3. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner September 8, 2017 at 6:39 am

    What he saying is very true but Bajans only think about God when they in trouble or trouble is near.

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    • Andrena Ceasar
      Andrena Ceasar September 8, 2017 at 8:46 am

      really how do you know this seeing you are making a generalize statement

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    • Andrena Ceasar
      Andrena Ceasar September 8, 2017 at 8:48 am

      by the way God is everything and that includes bajan Trinidadian American everything he made it all it belongs to him

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    • Rawle Spooner
      Rawle Spooner September 8, 2017 at 9:10 am

      Gregston Merritt Well said cuzz and very true.

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    • Rawle Spooner
      Rawle Spooner September 8, 2017 at 9:16 am

      Andrena Ceasar Folks can rant all day about my comments I said what I said and not gine change my opinion just like you ain’t gine change yours and that’s just fine with me.

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    • Julia Robinson
      Julia Robinson September 8, 2017 at 9:19 am

      Instead of addressing the article, folk would comment on your comment all day. LOL

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    • Andrena Ceasar
      Andrena Ceasar September 8, 2017 at 9:33 am

      Gregston Merritt who said Barbados was a Godly nation fooling themselves

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    • Rawle Spooner
      Rawle Spooner September 8, 2017 at 9:48 am

      Julia Robinson Yip thank you, but I’m not worried let them it’s they time that’s being wasted not mine I’m pass this story.

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  4. Cecily Jones
    Cecily Jones September 8, 2017 at 7:14 am

    “A top regional disaster official is today warning that God is not a Bajan even though this island has been spared the devastating onslaught of Hurricane Irma.” Reading and reading this sentence and wondering what to make of it…just poor journalism or otherwise?

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    • Lilian Lloyd
      Lilian Lloyd September 8, 2017 at 8:59 am

      GOD IS NOT A BAJAN GOD IS EVERY HE CREATED ALL OF US THEY SHOULD GIVE GOD THE GLORY INSTEAD OF SAYING GOD IS A BAJAN!!!!

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    • Kathyann Best
      Kathyann Best September 8, 2017 at 9:26 am

      Think he wants for us to brace ourselves and not be so complacent. A time might come when we might not be spared.

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  5. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner September 8, 2017 at 8:08 am

    Was I saying all Bajans no I’m not but let’s be real look at how many people run to church on Sundays but rest of week nothing but hypocrites.And yes that is all over the world and of course they are some who don’t even go near a church or care about God but as soon as something horrible about to happen them praying and as soon as that threat pass they back to old ways.You might not agree with me and that’s your choice but that’s my opinion which I’m entitle to just like yours.Have a good day.

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    • Jennifer September 8, 2017 at 10:05 am

      Bagged.

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  6. Alison Hoyte-small
    Alison Hoyte-small September 8, 2017 at 8:21 am

    He is so right. We were watching the news seeing all the destruction and said we hope we do not hear that at all from certain Bajans. To go one step further, hope no complaints about preparing and nothing happens.

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  7. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner September 8, 2017 at 8:22 am

    Agree with ya one hundred percent.

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  8. Cheryl Alleyne-Brooks
    Cheryl Alleyne-Brooks September 8, 2017 at 8:27 am

    The man is speaking some common sense here, read the whole piece and see the importance of the passage. He is talking environmental, he is talking about structural, he is talking about planning ,the God thing is just a sentence showing how small minded some of you all are. Why you all running off of that one line. People please wake up.

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    • Leah Clarke September 10, 2017 at 7:33 pm

      Thank you Cheryl! This is so true – it seems as though the almighty dollar comes before our physical security. We should be building at least up to the standards of the Florida building codes. We don’t have the land mass to absorb the shocks they do, so our building codes should be even more stringent! We should be ensuring that we don’t cut down all the trees and foliage that maintain the integrity of the soil…etc, etc. (don’t need to repeat what he said), but instead we looking to profit from residential and other developments that don’t even stand up to our own building codes, that don’t protect the ecological balance. We need to really look at these things or we gonna end up in the same situation as our neighbours….but maybe a cleansing is in order……

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  9. Maaz A Love
    Maaz A Love September 8, 2017 at 8:44 am

    God is a Bajan. ..Lol!

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  10. Felicia Trotman
    Felicia Trotman September 8, 2017 at 9:37 am

    some christians really r stupid people arent they

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  11. Bonita Weekes
    Bonita Weekes September 8, 2017 at 9:41 am

    Only a damn fool would say that God is a Bajan. We dodge the bullets because of our location, had we been further NW it would be a different story. It’s time to stop the stupid talk.

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  12. Queenie ShaSha
    Queenie ShaSha September 8, 2017 at 9:47 am

    I hate to hear bajans say it but we turn coming …every man has his turn

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  13. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner September 8, 2017 at 9:50 am

    Katty Lee Thanks and you are welcome.

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  14. Mazie Kienemund
    Mazie Kienemund September 8, 2017 at 9:58 am

    Did he actually say,that or was it journalism at its best..It would be best to have just explain the problems Caribbean Islands including Barbados face in the face of natural disasters,give us and our governments solutions and ways and means to tackle such a pressing issue.Tell us about the codes that should be in place to give islands a chance of building up our infrastructure.,and all the other problems we face,giving us a fighting chance to rebuild and restore. BAJANS THINK GOD IS A BAJAN,and you took it that they mean that literally, WELL Sir God is a Bajan,an Antiguan,a Trini,because the beauty about God is his spirit is all of us..that’s how we move and have our being..Next time just give us the facts,That’s what is necessary..

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  15. Jennifer September 8, 2017 at 10:08 am

    God only deal tribal. He is from the tribe of Judah. Not a fictitious name.

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    • Jennifer September 8, 2017 at 10:21 am

      As usual nuff talk and study and little to no action. No resources either to begin with.

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  16. Veda September 8, 2017 at 7:59 pm

    Nothing is forever but Salvation. Our time will come because of our actions (i.e) crime, paganism, disrespect to humanity. God is giving us time to repent like the people of Nineveh. They had forty days to turn away from their wickedness.

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  17. Mikey September 17, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    I AM SICK AND TIRED OF THE LIES BEING REPEATED ABOUT GOD AND BAJANS. HAVE ANY OF THESE PEOPLE EVER HEARD AN INDIVIDUAL SAY “GOD IS A BAJAN>” ??? UNDERSTAND WHAT CIRCUMSTANCES WOULD SOMEONE MAKE A STATEMENT LIKE THAT. THAT IS A VERY IDIOTIC STATEMENT TO MAKE . IT HAS TO HAVE SOME CONTEXT TO IT. BARBADIANS ARE NOT SO STUPID TO MAKE SUCH A STUPID AND SILLY STATEMENT. NOBODY CAN MAKE ME BELIEVE THAT A BAJAN WOULD SAY IT. PEOPLE HAVE TO UNDERSTAND WHY BARBADOS IS LESS LIKELY TO GET HIT THAN THE OTHER ISLANDS. THE MAJOR REASON WHY THIS IS SO – HURRICANES ARE NOT VERY POWERFUL WHEN THE PASS BARBADOS AT ONLY 40 OR 50 MPH,,, BUT WHEN THEY GO FURTHER WEST AND NORTH THEY INCREASE STRENGTH UP TO 150, 160 MPH ETC. THE LOCATION OF BARBADOS IS THE KEY.

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