Preparing for the Real Thing
Published 30th May 2007, 3:13pm
Cayman residents are reminded that the annual hurricane exercise is in progress. Any storm-type preparations seen by the public - such as the shuttering of government buildings by the Public Works Department - is purely part of the exercise, said Mr McCleary Frederick, deputy director of Hazard Management Cayman Islands (HMCI). He noted that some residents have mistakenly commented that Cayman was preparing for an actual storm. "Although the rainy weather adds realism to our hurricane exercise, Met Office staff say that we are not now facing a hurricane," he said. The exercise is intended to familiarise participants with the 2007 National Hurricane Plan; assess the response of agencies to a hurricane; and strengthen interagency cooperation. It also allows for the continued integration of HMCI with current National Hurricane Committee procedures, Mr Frederick explained. He also encouraged residents to assess their own hurricane preparedness plans. "The season begins this Friday, 1 June," he said. "It's time to get ready now. No one wants to see rain falling, while they are trying to get themselves and their families geared up for a storm."