Disaster Preparedness and Response in Cuba: The Impact of Solidarity on Disaster Management
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This thesis examines Cuba’s disaster response and preparedness measures. The central research question asks: Is Cuba’s disaster management model effective in protecting and enhancing the livelihoods of its citizens? Following this, what are the lessons to be learned from Cuba’s approach to disaster management and protentional recommendations for other countries and disaster management organizations. What does Cuba’s disaster management system say about the concepts of human security and solidarity? This study uses a multiple methods approach, which includes the analysis of literature, interviews and observations. The results of this research demonstrate that Cuba’s disaster management model effectively organizes and responds to the needs of its citizens, which is highlighted through the reduction of vulnerabilities, and the preservation of human life, dignity and community ties. Furthermore, this research illustrates that Cuba’s national and international relief strategies emphasize, employ, and act in accordance with the ideologies of solidarity and cosmopolitanism.