International Relief Agencies
See Also: CDERA
International relief agencies reached out to the people of the Cayman Islands following Hurricane Ivan. In the Islands' time of need, these came forward to donate much needed supplies and technical assistance:
This agency brought tarpaulins, hygiene kits, jerry cans, batteries, flashlights, blankets, baby wipes, kitchen supplies, and bleach, etc. Supplies were distributed through the local office of the Red Cross.
DFID and GeoSY (geosciences and natural hazards consultants throughout the Caribbean) together funded two reports by private consultant Dr. Simon R. Young, The Impact of Hurricane Ivan on Grand Cayman: Understanding and Quantifying the Hazards and with Tony Gibbs The Impact of Hurricane Ivan in Grand Cayman: A Technical Review of the Hazards and Their Effects. DFID was also the first to send damage assessors to the island post hurricane.
PAHO sent Environmental Health Advisor Ton Vlugman to assess environmental sanitary conditions and a team to set up the Supply Management Software (known as SUMA) within a week of Ivan's passing. This software was developed by PAHO to register and maintain data on incoming relief supplies, finances, and human resources for disaster mitigation.
An agreement with the UNDP was signed in February 2005 for a project titled Strategy for Risk Management in the Cayman Islands: Phase 1. The UNDP is an integral link for Cayman to receive initial assistance following a national emergency. The organisation also currently chairs the North-West Caribbean Donor Group which comprises UN agencies, international relief agencies and non-governmental organizations as first-responders in the event of emergencies.
ECLAC, which is headquartered in Santiago, Chile, is one of the five regional commissions of the United Nations. It was founded for the purposes of contributing to the economic and social development of Latin America and the Caribbean, coordinating actions directed towards this end, and reinforcing economic relationships among the countries and with the other nations of the world.
In late November 2004, an ECLAC-led mission arrived in Grand Cayman at the request of the Cayman Islands Government and with the support of the United Nations Development Programme. The purpose of the visit was to prepare a multi-sector, integrated damage and loss report for the effects of Hurricane Ivan using ECLAC methodology which is recognized by international public and private sector organizations.