Be prepared for emergencies. Know what to do before, during and after the storm.
You never know what can happen in a hurricane, and you may find yourself in need of emergency or medical help. Keep this list of numbers close by so you have them at hand if you need them.o
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.
To prepare for hurricane season, each home should have an emergency supply kit. You will need to pack some essential items to help keep your family safe and healthy. Keep in mind a hurricane could cut off your power and water supply. You also may not be able to drive because of damage to your car. Roads may be flooded or blocked.
Like Grand Cayman, the Sister Islands Emergency Committee is in place to deal with preparations before, during and after a major storm. There are several sub-committees that are assigned to carry out various tasks such as relief services, communication and evacuation.
The Cayman Islands has several honorary consuls who can act on behalf of their citizens on-island. In the case of a mass evacuation due to a hurricane, some consular officers can arrange or request airlift from Cayman and can issue paperwork to ease transit if passports are lost or have expired.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Ivan’s destruction on Grand Cayman in September 2004 and then Hurricane Paloma’s devastation of Cayman Brac and Little Cayman in November 2008, more residents have turned to the Internet during hurricane season to get virtually up-to-the-hour information about any storms lurking in the Atlantic Ocean or Caribbean Sea.
The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale is a 1 to 5 rating based on a hurricane’s sustained wind speed. This scale estimates potential property damage. Hurricanes reaching Category 3 and higher are considered major hurricanes because of their potential for significant loss of life and damage. Category 1 and 2 storms are still dangerous, however, and require preventive measures.