HMCI Reaches Out
Published 24th July 2012, 12:11pm
Hazard Management Cayman Islands participated in the Island Living Show held on July 20th and 21st at the Arts and Recreation Centre, Camana Bay. The event attracts thousands of local residents and provides an opportunity for HMCI to distribute preparedness information and interact one on one with residents about disaster preparedness.
The show allowed the agency to reinforce some very important preparedness activities and also to have immediate feedback on our public education programme. This direct interaction was helpful as we were able to address pressing issues from families and individuals about their arrangements for sheltering, their plans for their pets, emergency supplies and other general preparedness issues. “You get a sense of how ready the people of Cayman really are for a disaster, the levels of complacency and where our agency needs to focus awareness efforts to reduce loss of life and property when we are impacted by hurricane, earthquake or some other natural or man-made hazard. We have to be vigilant to ensure we reach all residents and that members of the public are aware of the threats and the things that can be done to protect the things that matter most,” said Simon Boxall.
This year, the HMCI display focused on the threat of storm surge and flooding. The static and power point presentation illustrated past impacts with first-hand accounts of the storm surge associated with those events. HMCI also displayed a detailed flood map of the storm surge associated with Hurricane Ivan 2004.
HMCI also took the opportunity to distribute and promote ‘Medic Alert Packs’; a new initiative which allows Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and first responders to gain quick access to vital information in the event of a medical emergency. The Medic Alert Pack is an easily recognizable pouch which sticks to the fridge and contains your family and personal details about emergency contacts, allergies, physician name and existing medical conditions, etc. to allow the responders to respond in an appropriate an efficient way.
“A big thank you to everyone that visited the HMCI booth, and to those that shared their experiences, thoughts, and suggestions. It was indeed a wonderful opportunity to interact with the public while simultaneously getting the preparedness message out.”
Let’s all be prepared for this hurricane season and for any other hazard that may affect us.