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Hon. Franz Manderson, Chairman of  the National Hazard Management Council

"Residents are reminded that shelters are not equipped to take pets therefore alternative arrangements should be made..."

Hon. Franz Manderson, Chairman of the National Hazard Management Council

Published 16th May 2014, 3:52pm

May 19th is National Day of Preparedness in the Cayman Islands. This year the theme is “Preparedness for you, your home and your family!”  National Day of Preparedness is observed each year in the Cayman Islands to encourage residents to prepare for the hurricane season and any other natural disaster.  The day is observed on a public holiday, Discovery Day, so that all residents can have the opportunity to review their respective family plans and level of personal preparedness for the hurricane season.

At an absolute minimum, residents should have a supply of non-perishable food (e.g. canned goods) to last at least three days but preferably one week. Water can be bottled prior to the approach of a cyclone but again it is vital to have a supply (a gallon per person per day) to last a week.  Take time also to plan for the vulnerable persons in your family such as the elderly and very young.  They will need your assistance in coping with the effects of the hurricane.

Before the season starts, try to determine where you plan to shelter if a hurricane threatens. If you live on the coast or in a low lying area, it is recommended that you move to a less vulnerable location. Storm surges are dangerous and very destructive; they are the primary threat to life.

Residents are reminded that shelters are not equipped to take pets therefore alternative arrangements should be made.

Residents who intend to leave the Islands prior to, or after, a hurricane, must ensure that all travel documents are updated and that visas or visa waivers are obtained.

It is important to take steps to minimize your dependence on Government, family or friends to support you in the aftermath of a storm, so begin taking the steps needed to get prepared.

  • Meet with your family and make a Family Disaster Plan.
  • Put together an emergency supply of food and water.
  • If you have a generator get it serviced and check your shutters; sometimes rust and debris can accumulate in the tracks and this can make them hard to install.
  • Check insurance policies to ensure they are current.
  • Remove debris from the yard and trim back trees that could fall on your roof.
  • Get a battery operated radio and a flashlight.

Civil servants are reminded that they have a duty to maintain a high level of personal and family preparedness at all times. The country depends on our Emergency Services and First Responders to be ready in a time of crisis; following the “All Clear” all Civil Servants are expect to contribute to the recovery, including the performance of additional duties above and beyond their regular work schedule during the response phase.

Regardless of the forecast for the season, it only takes one storm to cause damage and disrupt our lives.  So please don’t let your guard down and let us be prepared for the hurricane season and beyond.