Today’s Editorial August 21: Hurricane preparations are better

Just about everyone who has spent the last few days getting ready for Hurricane Dean is to be commended.

Yes, we had to deal with long lines and, sometimes, short tempers but overall hurricane preparation has gone a lot smoother this time than in 2004 when Hurricane Ivan was breathing down our neck.

We think the public took its queue from the National Hurricane Committee and Government, which went into action early and calmly.

Getting timely information from all of the official entities involved in hurricane preparation through Government Information Services has also gone smoother.

As we take the Monday edition of the Caymanian Compass to bed Sunday morning Hurricane Dean is threatening our friends and families in neighbouring Jamaica. Our prayers are with them.

The Compass chose to print Monday’s edition today – and give it to our loyal readers for free – because it contains information you need to make it through Hurricane Dean and let’s you know what has been going on behind the scenes.

Too, we don’t know what tomorrow is going to bring.

It is our hope that we can return to our offices on Shedden Road Monday morning and begin putting together Tuesday’s edition to tell you what Dean left behind and where it’s headed.

If not, we’ll get here when we can to give you your newspaper. In the meantime throughout today and tonight, and Monday if we can’t get in, you can read the news you need to know about Hurricane Dean on our website at www.caycompass.com

We’ve been updating it throughout the weekend to let you and international readers know what’s going on in preparation for Hurricane Dean.

With www.caycompass.com we’ll be right there with you before, during and after the storm.

In the meantime, take advantage of the opening of retail stores today to stock up on non perishable food, water, plywood and any other hurricane supplies you either haven’t bought or forgot about.

Stores are open until 3pm.

We don’t know what Dean is bringing with it, but it is our prayer that the Cayman Islands and all who are here remain safe.

God be with you all.

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