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Risk Reduction Tool Online
The HFA-Pedia web site, the work of the UN Secretariat of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction, gives overviews about risk reduction approaches in the Americas, including Cayman. 28th March 2008, 12:04pm
Everyone Should Prepare
On National Earthquake Awareness Day, HCMI reminds residents that disaster mitigation starts at home. 14th December 2007, 10:31am
Expect Wind and Rain from Olga
Scattered thundershowers, rain totals of 1-2 inches, winds of 25-30mph starting tonight. Marine interests and residents in coastal and low-lying areas should take precautions. 13th December 2007, 1:51pm
Earthquake Preparedness
Local schools will participate in drills to mark Cayman's National Earthquake Day. 12th December 2007, 9:13am 12th December 2007, 10:38am
Earthquakes a Reality
A powerful November earthquake in the Eastern Caribbean reminds us to be prepared. 11th December 2007, 10:55am 11th December 2007, 10:43am
Noel Unlikely to Affect Cayman
On its current north-northwest track, expected to continue over the next 24 hours, the centre of Noel will move near or over southwestern Haiti tonight. 28th October 2007, 5:53pm
Tropical Storm Noel
Tropical Depression 16 has been upgraded; Noel becomes the 14th storm of the Atlantic season. 28th October 2007, 2:38pm
Met Office Monitors TD #16
Residents should also monitor the system and listen to media for advisories. 28th October 2007, 1:06pm
France, Jamaica Honour HMCI Head
Dr Barbara Carby, a 20-year veteran in the field of emergency preparedness and mitigation, receives international recognition for her work. 23rd October 2007, 10:48am
Influenza Pandemic Plan
Cayman's contingency plan was officially launched with the Governor saying that we're taking "proactive and decisive steps to address potential threats." 2nd October 2007, 1:31pm 2nd October 2007, 10:59am
Combating Bird Flu
Health authorities will soon launch a major preventive strategy. 21st September 2007, 12:21pm
Contingency Plan Launch Soon
Cayman's national pandemic flu plan outlines how the country will prepare for, detect and respond. 21st September 2007, 12:16pm
District Emergency Response Teams will coordinate preparedness and response activities in their respective districts and communicate with MLAs. 10th September 2007, 12:26pm
Prisons' Dean Response
The Commissioner of Prisons commended staff and prisoners for their efforts during the hurricane. 7th September 2007, 2:32pm
Storm Help for the Needy
Government will provide hurricane material and labour for those who can't afford it. 6th September 2007, 4:18pm
TS Felix Update
Hazard Management Cayman Islands and the NHC continue to monitor Felix closely. 1st September 2007, 6:09pm
Six Becomes Felix
Overnight, as predicted, tropical depression six became Tropical Storm Felix. 1st September 2007, 12:16pm
TD Six Forms
This weak depression is no threat to Cayman at this time. 31st August 2007, 6:20pm
Emergency Powers Law
Overall, the law allows the Governor to expedite actions in the interests of several broad principles, to effect which he may suspend any relevant legislation. 18th August 2007, 8:19pm 27th August 2007, 1:20pm
Tying up Dean's Loose Ends
As life returns to normal following the encounter with Hurricane Dean, some questions linger... 21st August 2007, 1:21pm
Drivers, Be Careful
Some roads are closed; others may still be strewn with debris. 21st August 2007, 11:30am
Police Stations
All police stations are operational in their regular buildings. 21st August 2007, 10:53am
Health Services Advisory
Important information about hospital clinics and surgeries scheduled for tomorrow, Tuesday, 21 August. 20th August 2007, 3:07pm
RCIPS Lifts Curfew on GCM
Residents are urged to take extra care on the roads and only make essential journeys until the 'all clear' is given later today. 20th August 2007, 1:51pm
CUC Working to Restore Power
Sacha Tibbetts, Manager, Engineering Service for the CUC said that 11 of its 23 circuits are out of power.  20th August 2007, 12:37pm
Governor's Latest Remarks
"Preliminary reports indicate persons should not take any comfort in the current absence of rain..." 20th August 2007, 9:39am
Situation Update
Here is the preliminary analysis of Hurricane Dean in the Cayman Islands, as of Monday, 20 August at 9:00 a.m. 20th August 2007, 9:24am
Cayman Islands Spared
Hurricane Dean passed within 102 miles of Grand Cayman at 6 am this morning, with that island reporting wind gusts estimated near 57 mph early morning.  20th August 2007, 7:53am
EOC In High Gear
The Emergency Operations Centre's stellar performance reflects a reengineering of the NHC in the three years since Hurricane Ivan. 20th August 2007, 7:38am
Dean Passes South
Dean is moving toward the west near 21 mph and a westward or west-northwestward motion is expected over the next 24 hours.  20th August 2007, 7:14am
Hurricane Dean: 1a.m. Update
Dean is moving toward the west near 20 mph and this general motion is expected to continue during the next 24 hours.  20th August 2007, 1:24am
Shelter Occupancy
At 10pm Sunday night, 2,201 persons were reported to be in shelters. 20th August 2007, 12:30am
Dean Reaches Sister Islands
10 pm report from the National Hurricane Center in Miami. 20th August 2007, 12:27am
Police Prepared for Dean
Officers are fully briefed on their roles and responsibilities and are equipped to deal with any emergency that a storm could bring.  19th August 2007, 10:23pm
Make Decision to Move Now!
At 8:30 pm only 1,655 persons were reported to be in shelters, with a total capacity of some 4,010 persons. Space is still available, so if you decide to move, you should do so now. 19th August 2007, 9:55pm
RCIPS Curfew In Place
Designed to keep people safe and out of harms way as much as possible, the curfew will start tonight (Sunday, 19 August) at 10 p.m. 19th August 2007, 9:48pm
Tele-Conference Comments
Governor's remarks at today's telephone conference for local and international press. 19th August 2007, 9:24pm
Dean Continues Westward
The continued motion between west and west-northwest is expected over the next 24 hours.  19th August 2007, 8:21pm
Water Authority Advisory
Water will shut off at 9 p.m. tonight. 19th August 2007, 7:09pm
Dean Ploughs Nearer
If the current forecast holds, the maximum sustained winds that will be felt in the Cayman Islands will be between 60 and 70 mph. Tropical storm force winds are between 39 and 74 mph.  19th August 2007, 6:59pm
Officials will wait for the 4:00 p.m. advisory to make a final decision on water cut off times. 19th August 2007, 2:53pm
RCIP Alternate Locations
George Town and Bodden Town have moved operations for the duration of the storm. 19th August 2007, 1:29pm
Dean Remains a Serious Threat
The storm is projected to pass slightly to the south of the Cayman Islands late tonight or early tomorrow. 19th August 2007, 1:05pm
UK Disaster Manager Here
Roger Bellers will assist the NHC and communicate Cayman's needs, post-disaster, to the UK Government. 19th August 2007, 12:30pm
Brac, Red Cross Shelters
The shelter at GC Red Cross Headquarters is now open; Cayman Brac opened its shelters at 10am this morning. 19th August 2007, 11:37am
Stay Vigilant
"This is a highly dangerous hurricane; favourable changes in recent forecasts can still be reversed before this hurricane passes the Cayman Islands." 19th August 2007, 10:44am
Sunday: Warning Continues
The warning stage means that the Islands can expect to start experiencing tropical storm or hurricane conditions within 24 hours. 19th August 2007, 10:08am
Road Closed
Bobby Thompson Way is closed to traffic. 19th August 2007, 10:03am
Landfill Closes Noon Sunday
Limited garbage collection takes place in the eastern districts. 19th August 2007, 9:58am
CAL Flights Available
Cayman Airways update on current flight operations. 18th August 2007, 9:52pm
Shelters Open Tomorrow
Residents who plan to stay in a shelter are advised to be there soon after they open at 1:00 p.m. 18th August 2007, 9:38pm
Mandatory Evacuation
Little Cayman residents will be evacuated tomorrow (Sunday, 18 August). 18th August 2007, 7:32pm
Hurricane Dean Getting Closer
Dean is moving toward the west-northwest near 18 mph (30 km per hour), and this general motion is expected to continue during the next 24 hours.  18th August 2007, 6:41pm
What to do in a WATCH
Hurricane Dean could strike within 36 hours; it's time to 'batten down'. 18th August 2007, 1:27pm
EOC Begins Operations
The National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) will begin operations this afternoon at the Fire Service Headquarters. 18th August 2007, 12:52pm
Road Blocks/Check Points
If these need to be put in place, the RCIP requests residents carry photo ID. 18th August 2007, 8:35am
Landing Restrictions
Only Cayman nationals and residents are allowed to enter the Cayman Islands until further notice. 18th August 2007, 8:28am
Library Hours
Four closed, GT Library open from 10 a.m. - noon to receive materials. 18th August 2007, 8:24am
Watch Soon Come
Overnight, Hurricane Dean intensified and is now a strong Category Four storm; Cayman will be placed on a hurricane watch at 10:00am today. 18th August 2007, 8:05am
Hurricane Dean Continues Forecast Path
At 10 p.m. tonight the centre of Hurricane Dean was located near latitude 14.9 north, and longitude 65.9 west, or about 755 miles (1210 km) east-southeast of Kingston, Jamaica. 17th August 2007, 11:26pm
Cayman Airways Adds Flights
Hurricane Dean - flight operation information.  17th August 2007, 7:17pm
Leader Issues Statement
This is the latest statement on the status of Hurricane Dean, from the Leader of Government Business, the Hon. D. Kurt Tibbetts. 17th August 2007, 6:50pm
Hurricane Dean Alert Continues
At 4pm today the centre of Hurricane Dean was located near latitude 15.0 north, longitude 64.5 west or about 840 miles (1355 km) east-southeast of Kingston, Jamaica. 17th August 2007, 6:10pm
Open Saturday
Immigration, the Passport Office and the Police Records Department will help persons obtain documents to enter the USA. 17th August 2007, 4:53pm
Port Update
Collect chilled and frozen cargo as the port does not have backup power for these containers. 17th August 2007, 3:36pm
Health Services Storm Info
Dialysis patients, maternity patients, A&E hours. 17th August 2007, 3:23pm
Airline Update
Five airlines are now accommodating travellers by changing some fare restrictions. 17th August 2007, 2:44pm
Government Closings
On Friday, between 10am and 4pm, several Government offices will close to allow time for storm preparations. 17th August 2007, 2:18pm
Police Prepare
The RCIPS is ready to enforce the laws of the Cayman Islands and maintain public safety during the storm. 17th August 2007, 2:03pm
Alert: What to do
Use this as a check list to prepare. 17th August 2007, 1:40pm
Construction Sites
The Planning Department asks that debris, material or equipment be secured, so they don't become dangerous flying objects during the storm. 17th August 2007, 12:07pm
Water Authority Storm Prep
It may be necessary to temporarily disrupt service in order to protect the distribution system; ensure that sufficient water is stored. 17th August 2007, 11:09am
Have Visitors?
Residents who are hosting overseas families and friends are advised to give early consideration as to suitable accommodations for weathering the hurricane system that may affect Cayman. 17th August 2007, 10:52am
Securing Your Home
Avoiding personal loss and minimising property damag is made easier by following these tips from the NHC. 17th August 2007, 9:36am
Hurricane Hotline Open
Got a question? Call 946-3333 for an answer. 17th August 2007, 9:22am
Planning Closes Early Today
The Planning Department closes at noon today (Friday) in order to proceed with hurricane preparations. 17th August 2007, 9:19am
Check Your Meds
Residents with chronic health conditions should keep their prescriptions filled during storm season. 17th August 2007, 9:13am
Cayman Airways Storm Ops
Extra flights, be at the airport three hours before departure and other info you should know. 16th August 2007, 7:36pm
Airlines Accommodate Passengers
Three airlines serving the Cayman Islands have changed some of their fare restrictions. 16th August 2007, 7:04pm
Check Your Supplies
Now is the time to make sure you have all essential hurricane supplies. 16th August 2007, 6:01pm
Lands & Survey Closes Noon Friday
Lands and Survey, in anticipation of Hurricane Dean, is preparing to close to the public at noon on Friday. 16th August 2007, 4:57pm
Use Generators Carefully
Because they may produce carbon monoxide emissions, portable generators require careful use. 16th August 2007, 3:11pm
Is Your Boat Secure?
Boat owners should take safety measures now. 16th August 2007, 2:50pm
Hurricane Info a Click Away
Need preparedness tips? It's on CaymanPrepared, the official emergency website of the Cayman Islands. 16th August 2007, 2:26pm
Plan for Pets
With Dean still several days away from Cayman, now is the best time to plan pet safety. 16th August 2007, 2:17pm
Clear Post Boxes Now!
Residents are urged to begin collecting mail from post office boxes. 16th August 2007, 10:17am
Collect Cargo
Due to the potential weather threat from Dean, the Port Authority advises the public to collect cargo and vehicles. 16th August 2007, 10:04am
Be in the Know with Ktone
Sign up for the National Hurricane Committee's free text alert system. 15th August 2007, 3:13pm
Going to a Shelter?
Know its location, and know what to take! 15th August 2007, 11:24am
Use Generators with Care
Portable generators, though useful, can be hazardous if used improperly. Follow these tips to ensure proper and safe use of your generator. 3rd August 2007, 9:44am
Lesson at Int'l Conference
17th World Conference on Disaster Management attendees learned how business continuity planning and private-public partnerships helped Cayman's Hurricane Ivan recovery. 16th July 2007, 4:41pm
Coping with Storm Stress
Emergency supplies aren't all you need -- your mental well being should also be on the list this hurricane season. 16th July 2007, 4:49pm 16th July 2007, 1:51pm
Citizen Groups Equipped
Chain saws, first-aid kits, shovels, gloves, helmets, tool kits, and flashlights, purchased through a special EU grant, are ready to be put to use. 13th July 2007, 2:15pm
Warden Training
Shelter managers and staff prepare to serve. 11th July 2007, 2:09pm
Assisting the Community
Volunteer organisations offer critical support before, during and after natural disasters. 21st June 2007, 3:42pm
Storm Info at "Island Living"
This is your opportunity to get hurricane information and talk to experts about preparedness tips. Come to the Island Living Show, June 22-23, at the Family Life Centre. 20th June 2007, 3:32pm
Cistern Care
Make sure your cisterns are ready for hurricane season. 19th June 2007, 4:46pm
Banding Together
Committee of voluntary agencies will assist government with disaster preparedness and response. 19th June 2007, 4:36pm
Disaster Prep for Kids
GIS and the Red Cross can provide disaster-preparedness presentations to summer-camp organisers. 18th June 2007, 10:23am
Prepare with Swanky
Listen to local kitchen band Swanky's new song, commissioned by the NHC to celebrate National Hurricane Preparedness Day (Monday, 18 June). 15th June 2007, 1:26pm
Cayman's Infrastructure
In the aftermath of natural disasters, public and private agencies join forces to restore the Islands' infrastructure. 14th June 2007, 4:06pm
Funds for Repairs
European Commission money will help to restore hurricane-damaged homes. 14th June 2007, 4:00pm
D'ya Know What Your Loved Ones Need?
Demonstrations and deals: The NHC and hardware stores are promoting preparedness over the next two weekends. 8th June 2007, 3:45pm
In-store Demonstrations
Hardware stores will host PWD demonstrations on plywood shutters and generator operation. 8th June 2007, 3:37pm
Visit NHC Booth
This is your opportunity to gather hurricane supplies and talk to experts about preparedness tips. Come to the Island Living Show, June 22-23 at the Family Life Centre. 7th June 2007, 3:32pm
Get Ready! Get Ktone!
Sign up for instant NHC alerts through Ktone's free text messaging service. 6th June 2007, 3:27pm
Preparation is Everything!
June 18 is National Hurricane Preparedness Day! 5th June 2007, 10:42am
Hurricane Info for Kids
"Huricane-Proof Kids!" is designed to help children prepare for what the season can bring. 4th June 2007, 3:23pm
Hurricane Season 1 June
No matter how well government plans ahead, it is the preparation of individuals, families and businesses that makes the difference between survival and disaster when a hurricane hits. 1st June 2007, 3:17pm
Generator Safety
(This is part of the NHC EXERCISE.) Proper use means generating the benefits. 31st May 2007, 1:50pm
NHC Offers Fire Safety Tips
The NHC advises fire safety measures. 31st May 2007, 11:58am
EXERCISE Take Shelter Now
The NHC is advising the public on Grand Cayman to find safe shelter within the hour. 31st May 2007, 11:09am
TEST Businesses to Close
Part of an EXERCISE. This will give employees time to finalise their hurricane preparations. 31st May 2007, 9:41am
TEST What Should Visitors Do?
If you're staying on island, speak with your hotel or condo manager. 31st May 2007, 9:25am
EXERCISE State of Emergency Declared
This is part of the annual national hurricane exercise. 30th May 2007, 4:56pm
EXERCISE Warning: Take Refuge
The NHC has issued a Warning for the Hurricane Stuart exercise. This means that the storm could strike within 24 hours. 30th May 2007, 4:46pm
TEST Schools Closed Tomorrow
This is part of the annual test of national hurricane plans. 30th May 2007, 4:32pm
TEST Govt Offices to Close
Government offices on Grand Cayman at 4pm today (Wednesday, 30 May). 30th May 2007, 4:28pm
Preparing for the Real Thing
As the NHC tests its hurricane plan, residents are encouraged to make sure they're ready, too. 30th May 2007, 3:13pm
EXERCISE Shelters Getting Ready
This is part of the annual hurricane season preparedness exercise. 30th May 2007, 3:06pm
EXERCISE Cayman Airways Flights
This is part of the annual national hurricane exercise to help prepare for the season starting 1 June. 30th May 2007, 2:49pm
TEST School Closures
THIS is an EXERCISE. Schools will remain open today but may be closed tomorrow. 30th May 2007, 12:39pm
TEST Watch: Batten Down
This is an EXERCISE. There are several precautions which should be taken NOW that a WATCH has been declared. 30th May 2007, 12:31pm
TEST LoGB: Get Ready
IT'S AN EXERCISE. He's encouraging residents to prepare, as Cayman could be hit within 48 hours. 30th May 2007, 12:22pm
TEST Emergency Powers Law
The Governor has the authority to declare areas unsafe and require residents to evacuate. 30th May 2007, 12:14pm
National Hurricane Exercise
Residents are advised that the annual exercise begins today (Tuesday) and ends on Friday, 1 June. 29th May 2007, 1:21pm
Shelters for 2007
Hurricane shelters are provided in each district for persons whose homes are not hurricane resistant or who live in a location which is considered to be especially at risk in a particular storm and who do not have an alternate safe shelter. 4th May 2007, 4:15pm
Fortifying Cayman
The new budget contains $30.3 million for emergency preparedness. 4th May 2007, 4:03pm
Consultancy Available
A consultant is wanted to undertake a multi-hazard vulnerability assessment for the Cayman Islands and to develop terms of reference for a quantitative risk assessment. 30th April 2007, 1:39pm
Strong Winds in WB
Some houses in West Bay were damaged and the Met Office is investigating. 19th March 2007, 3:31pm
Hurricane Hunter Visit
The WC-130J Hercules aircraft will be available for viewing 18 April, 1:00-4:00 p.m.; the public can tour the plane, ask questions, and take photos with the crew. 19th March 2007, 3:23pm
Tremor at Sea
A 6.1 magnitude earthquake occurred east of Cayman. 6th February 2007, 1:39pm
Hazard Mgt Agency Formed
Hazard Management Cayman Islands (HMCI) will mitigate against and lessen the impact of any possible national emergency. 17th January 2007, 1:33pm 17th January 2007, 12:34pm