Take Responsibility, Prepare
Published 10th July 2008, 9:50am
The hurricane season is here (01 June to 30 November) and the Portfolio of Internal and External Affairs is urging persons to take personal responsibility for key aspects of their preparations.
"All residents are reminded that they should check their travel documents now to ensure that they are in order, Deputy Chief Secretary in the Portfolio of Internal and External Affairs," Donovan Ebanks said.
He explained that advance preparations are important for all, particularly if they decide to leave the Islands due to hurricane conditions. It is critical to remember that travel documents cannot be issued if weather conditions dictate the closure of government offices, including the Passport Office.
Passports and other documents such as birth and marriage certificates, naturalisation and registration papers, Caymanian status and permanent residence certificates, should be kept together in waterproof bags or other containers and stored in a secure place which is easily accessible in emergency situations, Mr. Ebanks said.
He advised, "Passport Office staff are just like everyone else in the community, with families and homes to secure. They cannot endanger themselves to facilitate those who have failed to take necessary steps to secure travel documents ahead of their time of travel. It is therefore wise to be prepared."
"Planning ahead will help reduce the stress and anxiety we all face when an emergency situation occurs," Mr Ebanks concluded.
Persons Travelling to the US Ahead of a Disaster
The Portfolio of Internal and External Affairs is advising persons who may decide to travel to the United States to give careful attention to the following information:
- Holders of a Cayman Islands or United Kingdom Passport with a US visitor's visa may travel to the US on a commercial, charter or air ambulance flight.
- Holders of a CI Passport without a US visitor's visa must obtain a US visa waiver from the Passport Office to travel to the US on a commercial, charter or air ambulance flight.
- Holders of a UK Passport without a US visitor's visa may travel to the US on a commercial flight only.