The United States and Cuba has not had official relations in over 50 years. One area that appears to be immune to that rule is hurricane forecasting. Turns out that both of our meteorological agencies exchange satellite data, jointly analyze radar and collaborate on storm forecasting. Smart on all counts. After all Cuba is first and what they see and experience is really good for the U.S. to know about. Turns out that the U.S. could learn a lot from Cuba about hurricane management.
Cuba consistently weathers Category 4 and 5 hurricanes with relatively few casualties. The Center for International Policy, a research and advocacy group based in Washington, says a person is 15 times as likely to be killed by a hurricane in the United States as in Cuba. The island did suffer a body blow last fall from Hurricane Sandy, the second-biggest storm in Cuban history. Before it struck the United States’ Eastern Seaboard, Sandy slammed into Santiago de Cuba, the island’s second-largest city. Eleven people died, and President Raúl Castro said that Santiago looked “like a bombed city.”
I am traveling to Cuba in December and look forward to learning more!