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Published 26th May 2009, 2:55pm

In 2009, 20 storm shelters have been designated for the upcoming hurricane season which begins 1 June.

These are the same shelters that were used in 2008. There are 16 storm shelters on Grand Cayman, three on Cayman Brac and one on Little Cayman. Eight of these also operate as Emergency Medical Centres (EMC).

Depending on the severity of the threat and other factors, Hazard Management Cayman Islands (HMCI) could open some, instead of all, of the shelters.

The following is a complete list of shelters in the three islands:

George Town

  • John Gray High School Assembly Hall
  • George Hicks High School Multipurpose Hall
  • George Town Primary School Assembly Hall
  • University College of the Cayman Islands Hall
  • Red Cross Building
  • Prospect Primary School (EMC)

West Bay

  • John A. Cumber Primary School (Assembly Hall (EMC) and some classrooms)
  • John Gray Memorial Church Hall

East End

  • East End Primary School (some classrooms)
  • East End Civic Centre (EMC)
  • Gun Bay Community Hall

North Side

  • North Side Civic Centre (EMC)


  • Breakers Community Hall

Bodden Town

  • Bodden Town Primary School Multipurpose Hall (EMC)


  • Savannah Primary School Assembly Hall (EMC)

Cayman Brac

  • Aston Rutty Centre (EMC)
  • West End Primary School
  • New Day Care Centre

Little Cayman

  • Public Works Department Building (EMC)

What to Bring to a Shelter

Each person is asked to bring the following to a shelter:

  • 3-4 days supply of food and drink that does not need cooking.
  • Can opener.
  • 3-4 days supply of water (one gallon per day per person).
  • First aid kit that includes prescription medications.
  • Special needs items for infants (formula, bottles, and diapers, etc).
  • Special needs items for elderly or disabled family members.
  • If you have small children, do not forget to bring at least one of their favourite foods (e.g., breakfast cereal) and something to keep them occupied.
  • Bedding (sleeping bags, pillows).
  • Battery-powered radio, flashlight and extra batteries.
  • A change of clothes.
  • Extra set of car keys, credit cards, cash.
  • Passports and important family papers.
  • Reading materials and quiet games to help pass time and keep children occupied.
  • Car charger for your cell phone.

Persons are also asked NOT to bring pets, alcohol, illegal drugs, cooking equipment, furniture and weapons. Cots and air mattresses may not be allowed because of limited space.

A management team of trained civil servants and volunteers are in charge of the shelters.