Anagada is one of the most remote islands in the British Virgin Islands. The highest point on the island is…oh… around 25 feet. That would be around the height of a 6′ tall guy standing on the top rung of a ladder on his rooftop. On his tippy toes.
Some years ago, the legislature of the BVI, like all benevolent governmental agencies, decided that all the islands needed a viable Hurricane Evacuation Plan (HEP, in government speak). Soon after it became a requirement that all islands post instructions for their residents.
Now on islands like Virgin Gorda, with an actual ‘mountain’ that rises perhaps 500′ above sea level, it seems reasonable to post some Tsunami Evacuation Route (TER) signs here and there – mainly scattered in non-threatening locations around the grounds of various $800/night resorts.
Assuming any of the falling-down-drunk guests could hear the Tsunami Alarm System (TAS) over the 800db reggae music that permeates the air night and day at the beach bars, the concept is that they would follow these signs to higher ground and be safe…In theory.
However on Anagada there is no higher ground. Indeed, the only ‘ground’ is actually just sand. I suppose one could climb one of the occasional palm trees if necessary, but that would only yield a slightly more elevated position, and even then the danger of falling from the tree would undoubtedly outweigh any potential benefit of avoiding a fifty-foot-high wall of water. No matter, there must be signs. And so there are.
Personally I think the Anagada plan is by far the most reasonable and best I have seen.
I think I’ll have another beer.
-Eric Sanford of White Salmon, Washington, aboard “Indigo”