700 used shelters during Emily

Around 700 people took refuge from Hurricane Emily at shelters in Grand Cayman.

The largest number – 210 – stayed at Prospect Primary School in Red Bay. The National Hurricane Committee decided to open one shelter in each district at 9am Saturday, opening 14 government shelters by 1pm Saturday. Shelters closed at 11pm Sunday.

Deanna Look Loy, chairman, Essential Relief Services Subcommittee of the National Hurricane Centre, said operations went smoothly.

‘The wardens responded very well. They got to work immediately and did a sterling job as usual.’

Training of new shelter wardens had just wrapped up on Thursday.

Mrs. Look Loy praised the management team – Deborah Webb, Alphonso Wright and Leanora Winter – for working around the clock troubleshooting and ensuring shelters were ready.

There are 16 government shelters, which includes one designated as an emergency medical centre only. East End Primary School was not ready to open. Several other shelters double as emergency medical centres as well.

In the Sister Islands, around 250 people sought shelter during Emily, said Acting District Commissioner Ernie Scott.

‘There were smaller numbers at the shelters this time around,’ he said. During Hurricane Dennis, more than 300 people took refuge in shelters.

There are two shelters in Cayman Brac and one in Little Cayman.