PUBLIC SHELTERS

By June 2, 2015General, Household

A number of government buildings in each district are equipped to serve as public shelters.

If your home is hurricane-proof and is in a safe location, it is probably the best place to be during a storm. The next best place is with family or friends whose house is well-constructed and in a safe location.

However, if you have no other alternative or are not sure, do not hesitate to go to a public shelter. Familiarize yourself with the nearest shelters to your home and the best routes to get there. In the event of an evacuation, you’ll need to get to the shelter as quickly as possible.

Be aware that some shelters double as emergency medical centers, so if you have a potential or existing medical issue, choose a shelter that will have medical staff based there. There are 16 hurricane shelters on Grand Cayman, three on Cayman Brac and one on Little Cayman. Seven of the shelters on Grand Cayman, one on the Brac and one on Little Cayman, are also emergency medical centers.

Make sure you pack anything you absolutely need, such as medications, important documents, including your passport and birth certificate, and money for post-hurricane expenses.