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Published 11th September 2018, 9:18am


Shelter List

In 2018, there are 16 hurricane shelters on Grand Cayman, seven of these also operate as Emergency Medical Centres (EMC). Depending on the severity of the current threat and other factors, the HMCI could open some instead of all of the shelters.

The following is a complete list of shelters in the three islands:


George Town

• Cayman Further Education Centre - Assembly Hall (Formerly John Gray High School)

• John Gray High School Gymnasium(Formerly George Hicks High School)

• George Town Primary School Assembly Hall (Available October 1st)

• University College of the Cayman Islands Hall

• Red Cross Building

• Prospect Primary School (EMC)

West Bay

• John A. Cumber Primary School Assembly Hall (EMC)

• John Gray Memorial Church Hall

• John A. Cumber Primary School (Part Classrooms)

East End

• William Allen McClaughlin Civic Centre (EMC)

• Gun Bay Community Hall

North Side

• Craddock Ebanks Civic Centre (EMC)

• Clifton Hunter High School Gymnasium (EMC)


• Breakers Community Hall

Bodden Town

• Bodden Town Primary School Multipurpose Hall (EMC)


• Savannah Primary School Assembly Hall (EMC)

Cayman Brac

• Aston Rutty Centre (EMC)

• West End Primary School

• Day Care Centre

Little Cayman

• Public Works Department Building (EMC)

What to bring:

Each person is asked to bring the following to a shelter:

· 3-4 days supply of food and drink that does not need cooking.

· Can opener.

· 3-4 days supply of water (one gallon per day per person).

· First aid kit that includes prescription medications.

· Special needs items for infants (formula, bottles, and diapers, etc).

· Special needs items for elderly or disabled family members.

· If you have small children, do not forget to bring at least one of their favourite foods (e.g., breakfast cereal) and something to keep them occupied.

· Bedding (sleeping bags, pillows).

· Battery-powered radio, flashlight and extra batteries.

· A change of clothes.

· Extra set of car keys, credit cards, cash.

· Passports and important family papers.

· Reading materials and quiet games to help pass time and keep children occupied.

· Car charger for your cell phone.

Persons are also asked NOT to bring pets, alcohol, illegal drugs, cooking equipment, furniture and weapons. Cots and air mattresses may not be allowed because of limited space.

Admissions to Emergency Medical Centres are limited to level of care needed and resources available. Only those individuals with medical impairments who have been able to maintain activities of daily living in a home environment prior to the disaster or emergency situation and who may need some level of medical monitoring & or assistance are allowed in an Emergency Medical Centre. The caregiver at home must accompany and stay with the person at the shelter. Some examples of clients to emergency medical shelters are:

· Wheelchair bound persons with medical needs;

· Individuals with severely reduced mobility;

· Persons with mental illness who are non-violent;

· Medically impaired individuals who are able to maintain activities of daily living with special assistance: eg. paralysis, colostomy, tracheostomy;

· Persons having continuous IV therapy (pain control, or hydration); or

· Oxygen dependent.

If an individual with one of these medical conditions was homebound at the time of the emergency or disaster, he/she with the caretaker may report to a shelter designated as Emergency Medical Centre; provided power sources, equipment and back-up supplies are available.

All others who do not need medical monitoring or assistance during the passage of a hurricane may report to any shelter. All shelters have first aid service through Red Cross personnel.

Hospitalisation: Persons who require professional medical care and or special medical equipment may need hospitalisation. Physicians decide if hospitalisation is required.

These may include persons who are:

· Ventilator dependant;

· Pregnant women who are experiencing contractions and women who are in the seventh month or beyond;

· Persons who report chest pain or have experience chest pain the last 24 hours;

· Persons with shortness of breath;

· Persons who have already experienced a potentially serious injury and have not been evaluated by a physician;

· Uncontrollable or violent persons; and

· Persons with infected wounds.

Are you Preparing?

· Come to a decision about where you will shelter during a storm

· Ensure that travel documents and insurance policies are up to date

· Place all vital documents in a waterproof ‘grab and go’ container

· Service your generator if you have one

· Check your shutters, make sure that they fit and you have all the parts

· Trim back trees

· Store non-perishable food and water

· Assemble an emergency supplies kit

· Stock up now on emergency supplies that can be used after a hurricane. These supplies should include a first aid kit, survival kits for the home, automobile, and workplace, flashlight and batteries, garbage bags, toilet paper, soap, can opener, work gloves, battery operated radio, and emergency water and food.

· Store enough supplies to last at least 3 days. For additional information about the emergency supply kit pick up a copy of the Hurricane Information Kit which is available at the Government Administration Building on Elgin Avenue, or alternatively you can download a copy on;


· Water - at least 1 gallon daily per person for 3 to 7 days

· Food - at least enough for 3 to 7 days

· Non-perishable packaged or canned food / juices / vitamins

· Foods for infants or the elderly

· Snack foods / high energy good such as crackers / peanut butter / jelly

· Non-electric can opener / aluminum foil / zip lock bags

· Cooking tools / fuel / Sterno / charcoal grill / pots and pans

· Paper plates / plastic utensils / plastic cups / garbage bags

· Blankets / Pillows, etc.

· Clothing - rain gear / sturdy shoes

· Whistle – to signal for help if needed

· Two coolers – One for food storage the other for ice

· First Aid Kit / Medicines / Prescription Drugs – include hand sanitizer, sunscreen, insect repellant and lip balm, extra eye glasses, contact lens cleaner, hearing aid batteries

· Special Items - for the elderly, the disabled and for babies, bottles, pacifier, diapers, formula, sterile water, clothing, bedding, toys etc)

· Toiletries / Hygiene items / Moisture wipes – Toilet paper, paper towels, deodorant, soap, toothbrush, toothpaste

· Flashlight / Batteries / Light sticks / Candles / Lighter or Matches

· Radio - Battery operated

· Telephones - Fully charged cell phone with extra battery and get a car charger

· Cash (with some small bills) - Banks and ATMs may not be available for extended periods

· Keys – Make at least one extra set of keys for your residence and vehicle

· Toys, Books and Games

· Paper / Pens / Pencils

· Important documents – Store in a waterproof or watertight container. Include passports, driver’s license, vehicle registration and title, birth and marriage certificates, insurance policies, medical and immunization records, will and power of attorney documents, bank account numbers, land and property titles, a list of important phone numbers etc. You may want to copy your computer hard drive to a portable disk or thumb drive as well and store this in your container.

· Tools - keep a set with you during the storm

Pet care items

· Immunization records / medications

· Ample supply of food and water / water and food bowls

· A carrier or cage / trash bags for handling waste / newspaper

· Muzzle (if needed) collar and leash / cat litter / scoop


· Basic Tool Kit –include hammer, pliers, wrenches, screwdrivers

· Tarps – or roll of plastic sheeting

· Duct Tape

· Work Gloves and rubber gloves

· Unscented bleach to clean up and disinfect water

· Plastic Garbage Bags

· Garbage can or bucket with tight fitting lid for carrying water or using as an emergency toilet

· Jerry Container for gasoline

Recommended Actions - Watch and Warning

At the Watch Phase (48 hours or less before the onset on Tropical Storm / Hurricane force winds):

• Board up all windows with shutters.

• Check batteries and stock up on canned food, cash, flashlights, garbage bags, toilet paper, first aid kit / medical supplies.

• Ensure that your battery operated radio is working.

• Store a gallon of water per person per day to last a week in sealed containers. Additional water supplies can be stored in clean bathtubs and sinks but this supply should not be considered an alternative to water stored in containers.

• Bring in outside objects (e.g., garbage cans, lawn furniture, bicycles).

• Start making ice (in jugs and containers) to help keep items cool in the freezer, and also so food and ice can be transferred to a cooler in the event that the power remains out for an extended period.

• Fuel up vehicles and get them to higher ground if possible.

• Secure boats.

• Listen closely to the advice of local officials, and evacuate if told to do so.

Warning Phase (36 hours or less before landfall):

• Turn your refrigerator or freezer to the coldest setting and open only when necessary. If you lose power, food will last longer. Keep a thermometer in the refrigerator to be able to check the food temperature when the power is restored.

• Turn on your TV/radio, and check regularly in order to get the latest weather updates and emergency instructions

• Charge cell phones to ensure you will have a full battery in case you lose power.

• Store valuables, personal papers, important documents, computer back-ups in waterproof containers, use large industrial strength garbage bags to wrap up computer, paintings etc. and move to the highest level of your home if you do not plan to take them with you if you are sheltering elsewhere.

• Unplug small appliances. Small appliances may be affected by electrical power surges that may occur as the storm approaches.

• Have a supply of flashlights and extra batteries handy. Avoid using open flames (candles and kerosene lamps) as a source of light. Flashlights provide the safest emergency lighting source. Kerosene lamps require a great deal of ventilation and are not designed for indoor use.

• Listen to the advice of local officials, and evacuate if told to do so.

• Seek shelter if you do not plan to stay in your home.

• If you are not advised to evacuate, stay indoors and away from windows.

• Stay away from flood waters; never drive through them.

• Be aware of the calm “eye”; the storm is not over.

If evacuating your home to a Shelter.

• Secure your home by unplugging appliances and turning off electricity and the mains water valve.

• If time permits and you live area prone to flooding, move furniture and other vulnerable items to a higher floor. If you live in a single story dwelling consider lifting furniture and appliances such as refrigerators etc. up by placing on concrete blocks.

• Lock up your home and leave.

Items to take with you if you not staying in your home or if going to a Shelter:

• Bring preassembled emergency supplies and protective clothing.

• First aid kit and prescription medications.

• Baby food and diapers.

• Non-perishable food items and bottled water.

• Cards, games, books.

• Change of clothes.

• Toiletries.

• Battery-powered radio and extra batteries.

• Flashlight (one per person) and extra batteries.

• Blankets or sleeping bags and pillow.

• Identification.

• Valuable papers (copies of insurance papers, passports, and other essential documents).