Message from The Hon. Premier
Published 2nd June 2011, 10:57am
Poised at the brink of yet another hurricane season, we recognise that two things are a must: Pray to God and Hope for the best, but prepare for the worst. This wisdom was of course cemented by our experiences with Hurricane Ivan in 2004 and again with Paloma four years later.
Both storms were stark reminders that Cayman is not immune to nature’s wrath. However, they also illustrated the fact that preparedness does pay off.
Already a busy hurricane season has been predicted with scientists projecting 17 named storms, including nine hurricanes, five of which they envisage as being major storms registering Category 3 or higher. And so I once again call on everyone to spend some time preparing. We may or may not lie in the path of some of this year’s storms, but we cannot afford to be complacent. We cannot foresee what is coming our way, but we can all be prepared. And our readiness groundwork should start now.
So go through the normal preparation list, from clearing your yard of debris, and checking on shutters, to putting a hurricane supply kit together. Use lessons learned from past storms and anticipate as well as you can. Then, go a step further by checking on neighbours too. See if you can lend a hand in completing their early season preparations as well, and work on a community plan for coping, should we experience another devastating storm.
As the saying goes, together we stand, divided we fall. Our strength lies in reaching out to each other, not just when things get tough, but even before. Only then will we be able to weather any storm that comes our way.
May God protect us all in the times ahead.