The Public Works Department, Department of Vehicle & Equipment Services, Heavy Equipment & Vehicle Operators (HEVO) and other resources clear main roads linking districts, under the supervision of the Chief Engineer in consultation with the NHC Command Centre. The NHC sets priorities regarding what roads will be cleared in Grand Cayman. In Cayman Brac, PWD, assisted by residents, clears roads under the supervision of the committee responsible for initial clearance.
As part of pre-hurricane planning, the group will arrange for heavy equipment to be located at strategic points around Grand Cayman in order to engage them in the clearing of roads in the immediate aftermath.
PWD, DVES, and the Cayman Islands Airports Authority (CIAA) are responsible for clearing operations at the airport in Grand Cayman, and PWD and CIAA will clear the airport in Cayman Brac.
While significantly impacted, the Owen Roberts Airport Runway and Air Traffic Control Tower were restored to operational capacity within a few days. While suffering some roof damage, the arrival and departure terminals were back to normal functioning within a few weeks.
The Port Authority has in place business continuity plans that cover emergency situations. The Authority knows the important role port facilities play in recovery efforts, both as part of residents' supply line and as part of the business sector's, including that of the tourism industry.
Having had to reorganize and introduce new ways of operating in order to expedite goods during the crisis of Hurricane Ivan, the Port is well experienced to meet future needs.
Restoration of electric power is undertaken by Caribbean Utilities Company (CUC) on Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac Power & Light on Cayman Brac and Little Cayman. The NHC Utilities and Communications Committee works closely with CUC on Grand Cayman and the Brac Power & Light with respect to decisions impacting restoration of services.
CUC's parent company, Fortis Inc., of St. John's, Newfoundland, Canada, provides support resources and manpower in the event of a major disaster.
CUC, like other local essential services, is now better prepared to respond to needs post-disaster, having gained some valuable insights and experience from the impact of Hurricane Ivan.
The Water Authority operates piped water and sewerage facilities on Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac. On Grand Cayman the Cayman Water Company supplies piped water to much of West Bay Road and the district of West Bay. After a storm, the NHC's Utilities and Communications Committee determines priority areas for restoration.
The Water Authority's system will be shut down just before an anticipated hurricane hit. This protects the integrity of the system, minimizing contamination of the water supply, which is distributed in an underground network of pipes.
In the immediate aftermath, the system is checked carefully, grid by grid, with each activated only when the pipes have been tested to insure 100% integrity.
During the period when the normal system is not operational, tanker trucks distribute both drinking water and water for cleaning and flushing toilets. The trucks park in neighborhoods, so people can, if necessary, obtain water for personal use in their homes.
Last Updated: 2010-08-15