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In 2019, there are 14 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, HMCI could open some instead of all of the shelters.

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


George Town

  • John Gray High School Gymnasium(Formerly George Hicks High School)
  • George Town Primary School Assembly Hall
  • University College of the Cayman Islands Hall
  • 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
  • Multi-Purpose Hall (Sports Complex)

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.

A management team of trained civil servants and volunteers are in charge of the shelters.