Preparation is the most important thing

Meet Mike Tanuvasa. He is 50-years-old from Vaitele Fou and the United States and he is here to visit his families.

When Village Voice caught up with him he was waiting for his car at the Vaitele Market. 

The one thing that alarmed him was the weather pattern in Samoa. He believes this is the result of climate change and people need to be prepared for it.

“There is a saying that goes, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail,” he said.

“So first of all we should always start from our own families and environment before we can worry about others.

“We cannot help others if we don’t help ourselves.

“So it should start from our own family and everything in life starts from preparation because a lot has changed in life and particularly climate change.”

Mike said people nowadays have no excuse to be ignorant of what is happening.

“All of these are warnings. We should prepare ourselves for natural disasters.

“Here in Samoa, people are blessed because they get to have water tanks to store their water when a disaster strikes.

“As someone who lives overseas I see the life here as very blessed because people can go to the plantation and plant their food.

“They are blessed with the soil and also the water through the rain.”

But there are many challenges and changes as well. The current climatic patterns is one of those changes.

 “People should be prepared for a week, a month or a year as well,” he said.

“When they are prepared they will not be worried and we can also help others.

“So it starts from us and our own family then we can help others.”

So how is your preparation within your family?

“My family is okay. We are well prepared.”

 “The only problem is the roads because of the heavy rain and flooding but other than that life is okay.”

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