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Press Releases 2008

Earthquakes Can Happen in Cayman
HMCI have been conducting earthquake sensitization sessions and earthquakes drills in schools across the Cayman Islands. 11th December 2008, 1:05pm 11th December 2008, 9:16am
Brac Recovery Construction Rates
Public Works Department and Cayman Contractors Association agree to standard construction rates for Brac recovery. 4th December 2008, 11:46am
Brac and Little Cayman Update: 6 p.m. Thursday, 27 November
Recovery efforts continue. 3rd December 2008, 2:30pm
Brac and Little Cayman 4 December Update
Recovery progress. 1st December 2008, 12:20pm
District Admin Hours Update
The District Administration Building in Cayman Brac will open from 9:00a.m. to 3:00p.m., starting Monday, 1 December. 28th November 2008, 6:03pm
ADRA Lends a Hand
Local volunteers provide counselling, food, toys - and Thanksgiving dinner - to residents. 27th November 2008, 4:53pm 27th November 2008, 10:14am
Gas Voucher Collection
Gas vouchers can be collected at the District Administration Building, between 9 a.m. and 12 noon today (Thursday, 27 November). 27th November 2008, 9:34am
Financial Assistance for Fuel
Persons in need may contact the Brac Command Centre for more details. 25th November 2008, 5:18pm
Sister Islands Mail Resumes
Stake Bay PO will be the only fully operational facility on Cayman Brac. 25th November 2008, 4:51pm
District Administration Building to Reopen
The District Administration Building in Cayman Brac will reopen Wednesday morning (26 November), offering limited services. 25th November 2008, 12:07pm
Electrical Reinspections' Phone Numbers
Cayman Brac residents who need to request electrical reinspections are asked to call the Planning Departmentís Building Control Unit at 925-4312 or 925-4332. 24th November 2008, 5:33pm
Water Authority's Brac Operations Restored
The Water Authority's Brac Office is able to revert to normal business operations as of Monday, 24 November. 24th November 2008, 5:10pm
Road Safety Warning Aftermath Paloma
The Royal Cayman Islands Police Service (RCIPS) is reminding motorists in the Sister Islands to take care whilst driving. 24th November 2008, 10:23am
Brac Spirits High
Services of praise and thanksgiving unite Brac churches and residents. 21st November 2008, 5:46pm
Public Servants and Secured Loans
Cayman Brac public servants are advised that the opportunity to apply for a government-secured loan remains open. 21st November 2008, 3:38pm
Help for Brac Birds
Assistance is underway for the flora and fauna of Cayman Brac and Little Cayman. 21st November 2008, 3:23pm
Salvaging Government Records
The National Archive offers a guide for salvaging vital records. 21st November 2008, 11:47am
Brac Command Centre Hours
New opening hours for the Brac Command Centre are now in place. 21st November 2008, 11:32am
Focus on Youth
National Youth Commission and Ritz cater to needs of Brac youth. 21st November 2008, 10:08am
CBHS Opens
Years 11 & 12 return Friday (21 Nov) and Year 10 goes back Monday (24 Nov). 20th November 2008, 5:11pm
A Family Business
No temporary difficulties deter Little Caymanís Scott family from ensuring that flights resume in safety. 20th November 2008, 9:49am
Food Samaritans
Nurse Mary-Allen Cutts and Conch Club Divers' Anne Walther distributed food packs. 19th November 2008, 6:48pm
Radio Cayman 93.9 Frequency Restored
Radio Cayman listeners in the Brac can now get the station on the usual 93.9 frequency. 19th November 2008, 11:22am
More CB and LC Community News
Shelter wardens' role in relief operations; progress made in insurance payments; and the Bluff revealed. 18th November 2008, 3:59pm
Correction:Day Care Centre not Open
The Day Care Centre in Cayman Brac is unfortunately NOT open, as previously reported. 18th November 2008, 2:31pm
Spot Bay Gets Distribution Point
A second distribution point for relief supplies has opened in Spot Bay today. 18th November 2008, 12:44pm
CB & LC Trouble Getting Radio Cayman
If unable to pick up Radio Cayman on the usual frequency of 93.9, tune in to the station at 91.9 FM.  18th November 2008, 12:32pm
Notice:Civil Servants Return to Work
Civil servants on Little Cayman and Cayman Brac are required to return to work as of Wednesday, 19 November. 18th November 2008, 11:55am
DEH Collecting All Waste
DEH officers are doing the rounds to pick up bulk waste and household garbage in Cayman Brac. 18th November 2008, 11:36am
Return Generators
Persons who are using borrowed generators should return them to the Brac Command Centre as soon as their electricity is restored.  18th November 2008, 9:58am
CB & LC: Community Reminders, Monday, 17 November 2008
About debris disposal, exercising care while using generators and information about the Nurturing the Youth programme. 17th November 2008, 10:43am
CB & LC Update: 17 Nov, 6 a.m.
Good progress made in cleanup process, power restoration and mobile distribution of relief items. 17th November 2008, 8:07am
Progress with Brac Schools
High school may open at week's end; possibly all students in one primary school by the week after. 16th November 2008, 6:23pm
Relief and Recovery, Not the Same
Relief and recovery are two different phases which follow a disaster; Hazard Management clarifies. 16th November 2008, 3:35pm
Resilience Shines Through
Bracers took a few moments to give thanks this morning, and the Ritz partners with government to occupy the youth. 16th November 2008, 2:30pm
Cleanup Crew Volunteers
Dart work crew volunteers are on the job, speeding up the cleanup process on Cayman Brac and Little Cayman. 16th November 2008, 11:48am
CB & LC Update 6:00am, 16 Nov
Recovery making real progress in both Cayman Brac and Little Cayman. 16th November 2008, 11:33am
Needs List for 15 Nov.
Items for clean-up crews and residents can be donated.  15th November 2008, 5:16pm
Generators Need a Break Too
You cannot run a generator 24/7. 15th November 2008, 5:02pm
Wear Sunscreen
Relief and recovery workers, and CB/LC residents, should remember to use sunblock to prevent sunburn. 15th November 2008, 4:57pm
Open Your Building
CB & LC residents are advised to open their building to reduce mould. 15th November 2008, 2:01pm
Debris Disposal and Generator Use
CB & LC advisory about debris disposal and generator use. 15th November 2008, 1:53pm
Civil Servants To Meet
A 1pm meeting has been scheduled in Cayman Brac today. 15th November 2008, 9:33am
CB & LC Civil Servants' Loan Forms
Forms are available from the Brac Command Center. 15th November 2008, 7:14am
Do Not Burn Debris
Burning garbage is a fire hazard with all the debris lying around, says DEH Director Roydell Carter. 14th November 2008, 6:46pm
CB and LC Update
Update on aid, agriculture, power and other relief activities in the Brac and Little Cayman. 14th November 2008, 4:15pm
Updated Needs List
The Brac Command Centre is making a public appeal for specific items needed by Cayman Brac and Little Cayman residents. 14th November 2008, 12:43pm
CYB & LC: Civil Service Volunteers
The Cayman Islands Hazard Management and the Portfolio of the Civil Service are the only two agencies that are organising volunteers to work for the government in the Sister Islands. 14th November 2008, 11:01am
CYB & LC: Guidelines for Sorting Waste
CYB & LC residents are asked to separate all debris into four categories for disposal. 14th November 2008, 10:35am
Lookout for Mould
Once moisture has been introduced into a building, mould can very quickly reproduce. 14th November 2008, 8:15am 14th November 2008, 10:05am
More Supplies en Route to CYB
Two additional containers loaded with assorted relief goods will shortly arrive on Cayman Brac. 14th November 2008, 9:24am
More Supplies Sent
Baked goods; infant formula; water, canned beverages, and air mattresses are enroute to the Sister Islands. 14th November 2008, 8:48am
BCU Inspection Services Limited
Inspection activities should return to normal mid-to-late next week. 14th November 2008, 8:40am
Buildings Cleared for Reconnection
Seventy-five percent of buildings in the Brac, and 49 percent in Little Cayman have been inspected. 14th November 2008, 8:30am
PWD Update
More than 60 government building have already been inspected by the PWD team stationed in Cayman Brac. 14th November 2008, 8:23am
Food Safety after a Storm
Practicing food safety is especially vital after disasters. 14th November 2008, 8:04am
MRCU Eyes Brac & LC Mosquitoes
Mosquito control treatments have been successfully completed on the Brac's West End. 13th November 2008, 4:41pm
Brac Civil Servant Needs Assessment
All Sister Island civil servants should call 916-3634 or 948-1522 to assist with the District Administration's staff needs assessment process. 13th November 2008, 12:13pm
Urgent CNB Advisory for LC Residents
Correction:Cayman National Bank is operating today (Thursday, 13 November) from Southern Cross Club. 13th November 2008, 11:32am
Generator Reminder
Generators should be handled with care. Sister Islands residents - to borrow a generator call the Brac Command Centre on 925-6262. 13th November 2008, 9:12am
From Hazard Management Cayman Islandsí Joint Communications Services
From Hazard Management Cayman Islandsí Joint Communications Services 13th November 2008, 8:08am
Free Trucked Water for Brac
Residents should call 925-6265 to place their order. 12th November 2008, 6:57pm
Planning Inspections Continue
Planning hopes to complete initial round of inspections this Friday. 12th November 2008, 6:13pm
Generator Arrangements
Call the Brac Command Centre at 925-6262 to make requests. 12th November 2008, 5:58pm
Mail Service Suspend
The Cayman Islands Postal Service has suspended mail service to the Sister Islands for the remainder of the week. 12th November 2008, 2:29pm
Relief Accounts Established
CINRF is planning assistance to those on the Sister Islands who were adversely affected by Hurricane Paloma.  12th November 2008, 11:57am
Brac Public Assistance Numbers
The public who need assistance should call 925 6261 or 925 6262 in order to arrange for generators, or for other types of help. 12th November 2008, 11:43am
Brac Update Wednesday A.M.
Hazard Management Cayman Islandsí Joint Communications Services Brac Update: 6 a.m. Wednesday, 12 November 2008 12th November 2008, 7:49am
Civil Servants May Volunteer
Work hours are unlikely to be normal, but volunteers will be paid for a regular work week. 11th November 2008, 9:48pm
Check on the Elderly
Elderly relatives and neighbours may need your assistance. 11th November 2008, 9:22pm
Free Tetanus Shots, Get Yours
Anyone who has not had a shot in the past five years should get one to guard against infections. 11th November 2008, 9:12pm
CB High to Open
Despite some damage, the school should re-open early next week. 11th November 2008, 6:53pm
Boil Before Drinking
Water from cisterns, wells and holding tanks should be properly treated before consumption. 11th November 2008, 6:40pm
RCIPS Update
Update on police operations in Cayman Brac and Little Cayman. 11th November 2008, 6:19pm
Mosquito Prevention
To hinder mosquito breeding, a MRCU plane will drop Pellets in flooded areas. 11th November 2008, 6:08pm
Brac LIME (C&W) Reminder
Charge mobile phones at LIME locations 11th November 2008, 4:54pm
Sister Islands Generator Pick Up
Sister Islands residents will be called to collect a generator. 11th November 2008, 12:35pm
Cayman Brac Court Cancelled
Cayman Brac Court scheduled for 20 - 21 November 2008 has been cancelled until further notice. 11th November 2008, 11:40am
Use Generators Carefully
Although portable generators can be real assets, but if handled carelessly they can also be life threatening. 10th November 2008, 3:08pm
Advisory from Cayman National Bank
Operational hours of CNB's Customer Service Center and the ATM on Cayman Brac. 10th November 2008, 2:37pm
CB and LC Curfew Lifted
RCIPS announces that the nighttime curfew will be lifted this evening (Monday). 10th November 2008, 2:24pm
Distribution Points on Cayman Brac
The relief items distribution points are Tibbetts Warehouse and the Aston Rutty Centre. 10th November 2008, 2:10pm
Only Essential Persons on Sister Islands
Persons without pressing or legitimate interests in the Sister Islands are discouraged to travel to the Islands at this time. 10th November 2008, 1:50pm
Businesses Open on the Brac
Several Cayman Brac stores and restaurants are open and serving the public. 10th November 2008, 1:12pm
Life Safety Assessment Underway
The Planning Department staff are currently on Cayman Brac carrying out life safety and physical damage assessments on buildings. 10th November 2008, 12:14pm
Cayman Airways Update, Monday November 10th
The schedule adjustments and additional services that in effect for Monday November 10th, 2008. 10th November 2008, 11:42am
Donations to SI
The most urgent needs must be taken care of first. 9th November 2008, 9:17pm
SI Residents & Insurance
They're are entitled to seek fair insurance recovery. 9th November 2008, 9:02pm
Brac Relief Effort Update
From Hazard Management Cayman Islandsí Joint Communication Service Brac Relief Effort Update, 7:15pm Sunday 9 November 2008. 9th November 2008, 8:43pm
Radio Cayman Restored on Sister Islands
Radio Cayman reception was restored on the Sister Islands earlier this evening. 9th November 2008, 8:23pm
Relief Boats Heading for the Brac
The Cayman Aggressor has already departed Grand Cayman for the Sister Islands. 9th November 2008, 3:01pm
Logistics and Sister Islands Relief
Government is currently coordinating the relief effort, to ensure that urgently needed goods receive priority at the airport. 9th November 2008, 2:42pm
Jet Flight to Cayman Brac
Only those who can assist with the recovery effort should travel to the Sister Islands. 9th November 2008, 1:04pm
All Clear Issued for Sister Islands
Hazard Management Cayman Islands' Joint Communications Service Hurricane Paloma Update: 7:30 pm Saturday, 8 November 2008 8th November 2008, 7:25pm
BT Shelter Closed
The Bodden Town Civic Centre will close at 5pm 8th November 2008, 4:31pm
Brac Curfew
Residents should stay indoors between 6pm Saturday, 8 November and 6am Sunday, 9 November. 8th November 2008, 3:28pm
NEOC Scaling Down Operations
Residents advised to call 911 for emergency assistance. 8th November 2008, 1:04pm
Owen Roberts Open
The power has been restored and flights have resumed. 8th November 2008, 11:49am
BT Community Centre Open
Flooded residents in Bodden Town can go to the community centre. 8th November 2008, 11:31am
Thompson Shipping Barges OK
Both barges will be ready to ship supplies to the Sister Islands next week. 8th November 2008, 10:20am
Paloma Update 5 am Saturday
The Sister Islands are about to experience the eye of Hurricane Paloma. 8th November 2008, 5:12am
Paloma Weather Update 10pm
Hurricane Paloma nears just offshore southern Grand Cayman. 7th November 2008, 11:57pm
Paloma Weather Update
Residents are urged to continue to closely monitor the progress of Paloma. 7th November 2008, 9:19pm
Interruption of Brac Water Supply
Anyone who needs to store water, should do it immediately. 7th November 2008, 6:01pm
URGENT ADVISORY: HURRICANE PALOMA, 4 p.m. Friday, 7 November 2008
All coastal areas in Grand Cayman are at high risk! 7th November 2008, 3:52pm
All Businesses Should Close NOW
All business owners should close their businesses NOW and employees should go home.  7th November 2008, 11:20am
Safe Generator Use
Residents should pay close attention to the following safe generator use tips. 7th November 2008, 7:50am
Ensuring a Safe Water Supply
Residents should note the following method of disinfecting water for household use. 7th November 2008, 7:33am
Make Sure you Have Enough Water
Water Authority officials urge customers to visit their website for preparedness tips. 7th November 2008, 1:47am
DEH Update
Secure uncollected residential waste until the all clear is given, say DEH officials. 6th November 2008, 9:31pm
TS Paloma Update Thursday P.M.
Tropical Storm Paloma: 4.30pm, Thursday, 06 November 2008 6th November 2008, 4:37pm
Events Postponed, Cancelled by Paloma
Public events either cancelled or postponed by inclement weather associated with TS Paloma. 6th November 2008, 3:44pm
TS Paloma Noon Update
Tropical Storm Paloma: 12:00 noon, Thursday, 06 November 2008 6th November 2008, 1:28pm
Sign up for Hurricane Info
Receive storm updates; notices about schools, the port and government offices, as well as how to prepare for storm. 6th November 2008, 12:34pm
TD 17, Advisory 1
Advisories on newly formed Tropical Depression #17 5th November 2008, 5:34pm
HMCI Activities on IDDR
Media messages, a hospital tour and a new brochure on making our homes safer. 8th October 2008, 3:55pm
International Day for Disaster Reduction
Message from the Minister for Health because the World Disaster Reduction Campaign for 2008-2009 focuses on making "Hospitals Safe from Disasters". 8th October 2008, 12:43pm
HMCI Activities on IDDR
Media messages, a hospital tour and a new brochure on making our homes safer. 8th October 2008, 12:40pm
Brac Closures
Ike causes some closures. 8th September 2008, 2:27pm
Watching Ike
A tropical storm 'Watch' could be issued early Sunday morning. 7th September 2008, 12:22pm
Statement from Government
Cayman empathises with storm victims. 3rd September 2008, 5:41pm
Gustav Recovery
Advance national and individual preparations had roles in reducing the effects of what was potentially a devastating threat. 30th August 2008, 10:00pm
Cayman Airways Resume Flights
CAL Announces flights scheduled for today, Saturday 30 August. 30th August 2008, 1:11pm
Water Authority Supply Update
Water supply will continue as normal in all areas with the exception of Hospital Rd. 30th August 2008, 12:29pm
HSA Back to Normal Monday
All Health Services Authority facilities in Grand Cayman and the Sister Islands will resume regular service 1 September. 30th August 2008, 12:16pm
Royal Navy to Assist
Iron Duke and Wave Ruler will help following the passage of Gustav.  30th August 2008, 9:58am
Stay Put
For their safety, Sister Islands' residents are being asked to stay indoors. 30th August 2008, 6:25am
No Plans for Water Supply Interruption
The Water Authority reports that the decision has now been made to leave the water supply on. 29th August 2008, 7:12pm
Airport Ready
The CI Airports Authority initiates passenger departure procedures. 28th August 2008, 1:11pm
Cayman Prepares for Gustav
HMCI reports that they have their plans in place to support the Islands during, and after, the storm. 28th August 2008, 9:41am
Protect Farms, Livestock and Pets
Farmers should ensure that all preparations are in place to secure their investment. 27th August 2008, 10:37pm
Landfill Closure Advisory
Department of Environmental Health officials advise residents on garbage collection and landfill closure times. 27th August 2008, 5:36pm
Are you prepared?
The Water Authority reminds residents it may become necessary to temporarily disrupt service. 27th August 2008, 7:39am
Passport Office Reminder
Pick up your passport now in case you decide to leave the Islands due to hurricane conditions.  26th August 2008, 5:34pm
PWD, NRA and Planning Closed Tomorrow
The three departments will be preparing for Hurricane Gustav. 26th August 2008, 5:26pm
Gustav Now a Hurricane
Residents should remain alert and stay tuned to the local media for updates. 26th August 2008, 9:09am
TS Gustav Update 2
At 4 pm on Monday, the storm was located 400 miles east-southeast of Jamaica. 25th August 2008, 4:43pm
TS Gustav
Residents should remain alert and stay tuned to local media for updates. 25th August 2008, 3:31pm
Take Responsibility, Prepare
Persons may be unable to travel in a disaster once government offices close. 10th July 2008, 1:22pm 10th July 2008, 9:50am
Four Win Hurricane Kits
HMCI and four hardware stores team up for hurricane preparedness. 2nd July 2008, 4:43pm 2nd July 2008, 10:01am
Emergency Kits Donated
Greenlight Re donates 250 emergency kits to Cayman's most vulnerable residents. 27th May 2008, 4:01pm 27th May 2008, 9:56am
Shelter Warders Needed
Community-minded volunteers are encouraged to apply for positions. 16th May 2008, 10:42am
Shelter Warders Needed
Community-minded volunteers are encouraged to apply for positions. 16th May 2008, 9:54am
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, 9:39am