New EOC building planned

A new purpose-built Emergency Operations Centre is planned in George Town.

Deputy Chief Secretary Donovan Ebanks made the announcement during the launch of Hazard Management Cayman Islands on Wednesday.

The EOC is located in the George Town Fire Station facility on Owen Roberts Drive near the airport.

‘In the future, we expect to be moving to a purpose-built EOC on the outskirts of George Town,’ Mr. Ebanks said.

Leader of Government Business later identified the land where the EOC is expected to be built. The land, off Crewe Road on Agnes Way near Jose’s Esso, is next to where the new Courts building is also planned to be constructed.

Mr. Tibbetts said government already owned or had purchased four or five parcels of land in the area.

One of the parcels is the site of Royal Cayman Islands Police Traffic Department, which would have to move to another site.

As with all other government buildings constructed in the future, Mr. Tibbetts said the new EOC would be built to Category 5 standards.

The building will also be considerably larger than the current EOC.

Although HAZ-MAN CI would move to the EOC for a hurricane or some other disaster event, Director Barbara Carby said her organisation would not be there otherwise.

‘I don’t see myself with a direct role in the EOC,’ she said.

Besides the Emergency Operations Centre, it is also envisioned that the 911 Emergency Communications Department and the National Meteorological Service would also move to the new building.

‘It’s still conceptual and we haven’t cemented down everything, but those [government bodies] are what we see putting under one roof,’ said Mr. Tibbetts.

In addition to offering more space, Mr. Ebanks said the new building would be a more technically laid out facility.

Mr. Ebanks said it was thought the new building would be completed within 24 to 30 months.