Wednesday, September 20, 2017, was when Hurricane Maria struck my home; St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. The hurricane left the entire island without electricity and running water for months. The damages were so treacherous, the island was declared a federal disaster area. A lot of islanders were oppressed and restricted for a long period of time. The government issued a curfew from 6 am to 6 pm every day to keep order and prevent looting. The grocery stores spiked their prices on goods because they knew people will buy food because they need to survive. Islanders were fighting over generators, water, supplies, and military Meals, Ready-to-Eat(MRE’s). The financial burden was very bad in which the Virgin Islands couldn’t bear. The media failed to shed light on the tragedy that affected thousands of Virgin Islanders. Now more than ever, my island is in high demand for doctors and engineers to restore the island for future generations to come. 2 and 1/2 years later, St.Croix is still recovering from the tragedy that struck. Up to this day, travelers can see blue tarps on people’s houses when flying into the territory.

Although this was a huge tragedy, it had many dystopian aspects which made it a dystopia. The government restricted people’s movements and fear struck the people of St.Croix. Before you knew it, citizens’ lives changed drastically in a matter of hours because of a hurricane. A lot of propaganda occurred around this time with no actual solution to the problems that revealed itself because of the catastrophe. Many of the technological resources were unavailable like wifi and cell towers to provide a signal. The only means of communication for an extended period of time were word of mouth or the radio station. Despite all of this the dystopia didn’t stay for long.

The dystopia doesn’t exist on the island of St. Croix anymore. It was uplifted once the island started to restore itself with electricity and day to day living supplies. The government doesn’t restrict people’s movements anymore. The only solution to that dystopia and oppressed living was time and hard work. In order for this dystopia to not struck St. Croix again, the islanders need to prepare for future hurricanes and build more sustainable structures to prevent events like this from occurring. If they can’t prevent this catastrophe from happening, at least have plans implemented so it doesn’t happen over an extended period of time. People can’t prevent natural disasters from occurring, we can only prepare and see if our preparations are substantial enough to withstand it.

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