My late husband, Basil Kassa and I, Brigitte Kassa, were the first non-Caymanian settlers in Little Cayman. We moved here in the early ’70s.
There were only 10 Caymanians and us. We survived Hurricane Alan in 1980 and Hurricane Gilbert in 1988, which was a Category 4 and became a Category 5 after it went past the Cayman Islands. At this time, we only had generators and so we had electricity throughout the hurricanes.
I was here on Little Cayman during Hurricane Ivan and we had the facilities of a hurricane shelter and a power plant, along with proper support from the employees in charge.
As a long time resident, I was very offended and disappointed that my government gave a mandatory evacuation during Hurricane Dean and we had no government support and no power.
Many people wanted to stay but were not permitted. Since I strongly insisted on staying on Little Cayman, the police officer let me sign a waiver.
Of all three islands, Little Cayman is the most expensive island to live on. Building supplies cost much more to ship here and so does food. People from Grand Cayman and the States have houses or condos here and they bring food from the States and Grand Cayman to fill their freezers and have provisions for the next visit. A long time without electricity, will not only spoil the food but ruin the freezer too.
I just want the people of Little Cayman to get the same consideration and treatment as Cayman Brac and Grand Cayman. All three islands were in the same danger. Why were we singled out and not treated the same as the other two islands?