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The team will attempt to address the issues raised by the Vulnerability and Capacity Assessment

Published 11th November 2014, 10:33am

The West Bay Community Emergency Response Team has recently completed its Vulnerability and Capacity Assessment (VCA) for their district. The activity was overseen by the Cayman Islands Red Cross. The CERT Team presented their (VCA) findings at a meeting on Saturday, November 1st, at the John A. Cumber Primary School. The event was open to the public.

The VCA process involves identifying the strengths (capacities) and weaknesses (risks) in the community. It took months for the West Bay team to gather the information that went into their VCA. The process involved going door to door, and meeting with West Bay residents to gather the data for the assessment. They also created a historical profile looking back at all the significant events dating back to when West Bay was first settled. A seasonal calendar was also produced that looks at how the West Bay community is affected by seasonal events; for example, mosquitos are more prevalent during rainy months, and there are higher levels of employment in the West Bay in the winter season because there are more stay over tourists.

Of the findings from the VCA the CERT compiled a top ten list of concerns. These were the need to trim tall trees against power lines, flooding, stray animals attacking residents, no plywood / materials, weak roofs / walls / windows of some houses, problems with mosquitoes and other insects, community financial issues; power outages / no generators, loitering and minimal employment opportunities.

The Red Cross partners with Hazard Management Cayman Islands (HMCI) in the CERT program. The next team in development is the Windsor Park Team and residents of the Windsor Park community are encouraged to get involved. For more information contact HMCI or Red Cross.