Years ago, when Hurricane Gilbert hit Jamaica, we didn’t wait around for the government to get off it’s backside. We didn’t sit on the road looking for foreign aid.
This is Jamaica, we did it ourselves.
People went out, chopped up the trees that were blocking the roads, some knew something about electrical wires, so got them up. Some knew where the springs were so went to collect water.
In short, by the time the Government got around to doing more than mouth running, everyone was pretty much on their feet.
Over two decades later, when Ivan hit, the same process was followed save that everyone had stored water, everyone was prepared to pitch in and get things done.
It isn’t only hurricanes.
There was a hole on the sidewalk. Whether the water commission dug it and forgot about it, whether there had been a grate someone stole for scrap metal, all that told you there was a hole was this yellow tape.
Considering there is no street light there, as soon as it got dark, you wouldn’t know there was a nice deep hole there, if you didn’t know yesterday.
Everyone spoke about it, no Government agency did anything about it.
A guy fell in and was pulled out by some security guards from across the road. Government did nothing.
There was a lot of rain and the hole began to stink.
A restaurant is nearby, so the owners went out, and cemented over the hole. They had no ‘permission’, they didn’t ask for any.
People are taking bets that in a few years when Government gets around to it, they’ll find the hole ‘illegally’ blocked, and probably dig another one.
That one should have a very short shelf life.