As Hurricane Irma raced through our islands, the aftermath serves as a reminder that our Saban community is strong and resilient.
Irma produced an extreme situation, but the crisis was not unprecedented nor was the response.
Disasters are times of disruption, trauma and even horror…on Saba these are moments when we come together to help each other as equals. Everyone will receive help from friends and neighbors. Sabans are committed to help gut, clean up and rebuild as much as we can as a community.
People who can rely on friends and relatives for shelter and support will recover faster and more completely. Such responses to disasters reveal an alternative vision of how a society should be, and this is proven on Saba!
We’re on a safe island, where people are unafraid of the police, marines, or each other. It’s a community that encourages lingering with “strangers” to provide and also accept help.
Most of the island has electricity and even internet access: local business and government stepped it up to make sure that everyone is “up and running” again. Today, September 7th, after the storm this island is already getting together: at 5 am people were out cleaning up their surroundings and offering help to others, prioritizing what needs to be done, even before the needs of themselves. Sabans are a strong force to be reckoned with. The strength of our Saban community will help us prepare for the next storm and beyond.
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