Red Cross ready for Dean

The Cayman Islands Red Cross will open its headquarters as a shelter within 24 hours of the imminent threat of Hurricane Dean brushing the Cayman Islands.

‘We’ve already had several calls from the public offering to assist us in any way they can,’ Red Cross Disaster Manager Hemant Balgobin advised Thursday.

‘The Red Cross is currently about 99 per cent ready to do its best in assisting with emergency preparedness efforts for Hurricane Dean,’ he said.

Mr. Balgobin said the Red Cross building on Huldah Avenue, off Thomas Russell Avenue, was likely to be the first of the government identified shelters to be opened.

He said the shelter’s capacity had increased to between 85 and 90 people since Hurricane Ivan and reiterated the Red Cross’s strict no pets, no alcohol and no drugs rule.

The humanitarian organisation was in the middle of loading its 29 community containers for siting in each of the districts at 10.30am yesterday.

‘Our 40-foot community containers, from the Red Cross Community Container Project, have been restocked and are being trucked out in conjunction with CUC and McLean’s Trucking Company to all the districts today [Thursday],’ Mr. Balgobin said.

The containers stocked to the roof with immediate emergency relief items contain such non-food necessities as tarpaulins, buckets and family and baby hygiene kits.

He also advised that his organisation’s community district teams and its district management teams, including first aid volunteers, were on standby.

‘Our volunteers on the Sister Islands have also been put on alert and are on standby. And we are making the necessary arrangements there, too,’ he added.

Red Cross main line: 949-6785

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