Don't Discard your Disaster Supplies!
Published 28th November 2014, 4:3pm
Hurricane season is over but donít pitch your emergency supplies! The Cayman Islands is vulnerable to a range of hazards and hurricanes are not the only threat: floods, fires, chemical spills, tsunamis, earthquakes and other threats all have the potential to disrupt our lives, so while the 2014 hurricane season may have passed, residents still need to remain vigilant and stay prepared. There have been instances of post season storms as in 2005. Take this time to restock your preparedness kit and donate food items before their exploration.
In terms of natural hazards, earthquakes are considered the number two threat to residents in the Cayman Islands, with significant earthquake events having been recorded in 1843, 1849, and 1900. More recently residents experienced a 6.8 magnitude event in December 2004. Fortunately, the epicentre was located 20 miles away from George Town, and while the shaking was quite strong, there were no reports of injuries or significant damage to structures.
Hazard Management Cayman Islands (HMCI) is actively involved in public awareness campaigns in the schools, with Government agencies, health care workers and private sector businesses. In addition to hazard awareness, HMCI can also offer business continuity planning seminars and assistance with the formulation of disaster plans. Please contact HMCI at 244-3145 to make arrangements or for more information.