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Published 26th August 2006, 4:47pm

The RCIPS is charged with enforcement of the laws of the Cayman Islands and maintaining public safety during a storm or natural disaster. The duties of the RCIPS are many and varied but include shelter security, protecting critical infrastructure and ensuring rapid high-visibility policing deployment post hurricane.

The RCIPS is constantly preparing for dealing with these situations. Officers are fully briefed on their roles and responsibilities and are equipped to deal with emergency situations that the storm could bring. The response will be immediate.

Since the Tropical Storm Alert was issued:

  • The pre-planned storm strategy has been put into operation.
  • Command centres and structures have been established.
  • Police staff have prepared and are ready to respond.
  • The strategy focuses on law and order.

The RCIPS has many plans in place and are more prepared than ever to respond in an emergency situation.

To assist and support the RCIPS in its efforts, the Cayman Islands community is urged to consider the following points during this period:

Know when to call 9-1-1. Emergency personnel cannot always come out in the middle of a storm, so take proper precautions in advance. If you call 9-1-1 during the storm, your call will be noted for action when it is safe, so please follow up, notifying 9-1-1 of your situation when the storm abates.

Keep 9-1-1 updated. If you have called 9-1-1 for urgent assistance and then move to another location, call them back and let them know; otherwise, emergency personnel will spend valuable hours looking for you when they could be helping the next person in need instead.

Be prepared for stringent enforcement. The RCIPS will not tolerate criminal activity and those found engaging in illegal acts will be dealt with using the full force of the law.

Avoid costal areas. Don't put yourself in unnecessary danger. The RCIPS is asking people to avoid coastal areas during any storm period. Activities such as wind surfing, wave watching and picture taking should cease.

The Commissioner of Police, Mr Stuart Kernohan, is warning anyone who could be inclined to take advantage of the situation that criminal activity will not be accepted and those engaging in any unlawful acts will be dealt with appropriately. There will be a strong police presence before, during and after any storm activity.

The pubic are asked to remain calm and follow the instructions of staff engaged in storm duties.

Contact Deborah Denis 244-3004 / 926-2145