Airport ready in case of post-Emily evacuations

Those leaving Grand Cayman in the aftermath of Hurricane Emily can expect a more comfortable wait at Owen Roberts Airport than experienced during last year’s post Ivan exodus.

According to the chief executive of the Cayman Islands of the Airports Authority, which manages the national airports, tents and increased restroom facilities will be available for air evacuees in the days immediately after the storm.

‘We will be implementing the lessons learnt from the post evacuation process following Ivan,’ David Frederick confirmed.

In addition to three large tents, open on all sides to provide shelter from the elements, Mr. Frederick indicated that four portable toilets – two for males and two for females will also be on site for those waiting outside in the long queues which may occur at the airport.

It was also confirmed that the Department of Tourism will again be manning a hospitality booth in conjunction with the local tourism industry. Dispensing free snacks and drinks to the public, the kiosk will be located outside the terminal on the Arrivals side of the building.

Mr. Frederick said security would be beefed up both in an around the airport.

‘There will be an increased security and police presence for crowd control and vehicular flow purposes,’ he explained.

In response to questions from the Caymanian Compass on Friday morning, it was understood, however, that there would not be an ambulance or an external public address system at the airport.

Mr. Frederick was confident though that an address system could easily be loaned from the Cayman Islands Fire Department, at some later date, if deemed necessary.

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