Emergency exercise planned Monday

An emergency exercise will be held Monday.

Chief Inspector Richard Barrow of the Royal Cayman Islands Police Service reports that there may be traffic disruptions in the Spotts area on that day.

‘Motorists are being asked to make plans to accommodate inconveniences if they use roads in the Spotts area and to exercise caution,’ he said.

Some roads may be closed and emergency vehicles will be participating in the exercise.

Senior Manager Airport Operations for the Cayman Islands Airports Authority Kerith McCoy said that some details of the exercise, dubbed Operation Shamrock, are being kept deliberately vague in order to make it as real as possible for the responders.

‘In order to test our response capabilities, we want some realism surrounding the exercise,’ explained Mr McCoy. ‘This means withholding some details of the exercise, which may, of course, inconvenience the public. We hope they’ll bear with us, realising that one of the reasons we’re doing this is for their benefit.’

International airport authorities are required to perform emergency exercises every two years. A committee under Mr McCoy’s leadership began meeting at the beginning of the year to plan Operation Shamrock.

Representatives from Hazard Management Cayman Islands, Emergency Communication 911, the RCIPS, Fire Department, Health Services Authority, GIS, National Roads Authority, Environmental Health, Port Authority, Red Cross and Air Agencies have all served on the committee.

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