Shelters open 8am Friday

All 16 hurricane shelters on Grand Cayman will open at 8am Friday, with total room for just over 4,000 people. Officials are urging people to arrive early and to bring three-day’s worth of food, water, medicines and other essential supplies.

The elderly and those with special medical needs are being asked to go to the shelter in their district designated as an Emergency Medical Center. For a full list of shelters, see below.

‘If you have a well constructed house, it’s advisable to stay there or stay with relatives or friends that do. If you live in a vulnerable area, you should leave,’ said Deanna Look Loy, manager for shelter operations.

‘We want people to be on their best behavior in the shelters,’ she said. ‘They will be amongst many people of many nationalities … We expect people to cooperate and to help us out.’

Three shelters on Cayman Brac and one on Little Cayman were also expected to open in the morning, although Ernie Scott, Sister Islands district commissioner, said shelters could open Thursday night if conditions warranted it.

Shelters

George Town

John Gray High School Assembly Hall

George Hicks High School Multipurpose Hall

George Town Primary School Assembly Hall

University College of the Cayman Islands Hall

Red Cross Building

Prospect Primary School (Emergency Medical Centre)

West Bay

West Bay Primary School

Primary School Assembly Hall (EMC)

John Gray Memorial Church Hall

East End

East End Primary School

East End Civic Centre

Gun Bay Community Hall

North Side

North Side Civic Centre (EMC)

Breakers

Community Hall

Bodden Town

Primary School Multipurpose Hall (EMC)

Savannah

Primary School Assembly Hall (EMC)

Cayman Brac

Aston Rutty Centre (EMC)

West End Primary School

New Day Care Centre

Little Cayman

Public Works Department Building

For more information on hurricane shelters, call Lynda Mitchell on 949-0290, or, if urgent, on 925-5346.

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