Local Community Agencies
In the aftermath of Hurricane Ivan, many local agencies stepped in to help recovery efforts, providing much needed supplies and resources across Grand Cayman. These local agencies included the following:
Cayman Ministers' Association
Through their Love in Action programme, the Cayman Ministers' Association joined efforts to rebuild Grand Cayman by helping those in need begin the necessary steps towards making their homes livable. The programme provided material and labour, allowing residents to undertake essential roof repairs or sheet-rock work. Roof repairs to churches were also conducted. With help from the Department of Children and Family Services, Pastor Al Ebanks, chair of the Ministers' Association, led the efforts to process applications and identify those most in need of assistance. In addition to donations made from local companies for supplies, the association received support from US philanthropic organisation Samaritan's Purse, headed by the Rev. Franklin Graham, son of evangelist Billy Graham.
The Islands' service clubs worked very hard following Ivan to raise essential funds for repairs, along with volunteering their services to help out where needed. Rotary Central President John Elliot, Rotary Sunrise President Chris Bowring and Rotary Club of Grand Cayman President Raymond Whittaker formed a joint Rotary Hurricane Relief Fund and worked together to help the community recover. Contributions to the fund were spent on replacing essential appliances, supplies and building materials for general repairs, and provisions for schools, including uniforms, bags and classroom supplies. The clubs also donated a generous amount to rebuild the East End and Savannah Primary School libraries.
Within days following the storm, the Chamber moved into action assisting with restoration. Their role included serving on the Cayman Islands Recovery Operation (CIRO) committee, the government's coordinating agency established post-Ivan and comprising heads of government and private agencies and departments. In addition to allowing the Planning Department to use the Chamber offices during September and October as temporary headquarters, the Chamber undertook a number of important initiatives to assist business in the recovery process. The organization arranged for the registration of contractors and tradespersons and investigated complaints from landlords and tenants, as well as coordinated the Clean-Up Cayman campaign along major roadways and beach sites to enable cruise ship visitors to return. Research was conducted into the temporary cruise ship housing situation and a series of free Back-to-Business and Lifestyle Management workshops were conducted to assist Chamber members and the community.
Cayman Islands Red Cross
Following Hurricane Ivan, the local Red Cross was instrumental in distributing essential supplies, including blankets, hygiene kits, kitchen sets, plastic sheeting, bottles of water, flashlights and batteries, to the most vulnerable residents on Grand Cayman. Distributions were largely made through shelters and churches.