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Published 10th September 2007, 12:26pm

Elected members of the Legislative Assembly will continue to be in the forefront of hurricane relief activities after a storm, Acting Chief Secretary, the Hon. Donovan Ebanks told the House.

Responding to a question on the role of MLAs in hurricane preparedness, Mr Ebanks said that in order to ensure an adequate level of accurate information and coordination with the National Hurricane Committee (NHC), MLAs may nominate individuals from their districts to be assigned to the District Emergency Response Team (DERT).

Mr Ebanks told the LA on 3 September, "Members of the Legislative Assembly are responsible to HE the Governor and their constituencies for the well-being of people and the protection of property therein. They provide this through the adoption of legislation, policies and systems that address these basic requirements; and the demonstration of need within their respective constituencies."

Mr Ebanks, who is also Chairman of the NHC, said members of DERT will collectively coordinate preparedness and response activities in their respective districts, and communicate with the MLAs. "This level of information will provide the MLAs with critical information to assist in their role as representatives of the Cayman Islands citizens."

He said that there is no plan in place to supply transportation to the district teams, but it is expected that each district will provide its own transportation.

Mr Ebanks added that the Essential Relief Committee will provide supplies based on assessed needs and deliver them to a predetermined central location, from where DERT members will distribute to residents.