Simulated emergency planned Friday

A simulated emergency situation will be staged Friday morning in order to test Cayman’s ability to respond to disasters.

The simulation will in no way affect the provision of essential public services.

The simulation is the key component of Cayman’s disaster capability management review, which began today.

The emergency scenario will not be revealed until the exercise begins in order to provide an authentic test of Cayman’s preparedness, explained Dr. Barbara Carby, head of the Cayman’s new hazard management agency.

The objective of the review is to help Cayman identify areas for improvement in all of its preparedness plans, covering the full range of hazards.

As it is organised in conjunction with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the review also is intended to share best practices, particularly among Overseas Territories.

On Monday the FCO’s team made introductory calls to Governor Stuart Jack and Leader of Government Business Kurt Tibbetts. They then met with stakeholders in government and non-governmental organisations to explain the purpose of the review and answer questions.

At the end of the visit the team will brief Cabinet, and there will be a feedback session.