Red Cross gets help preparing Cayman

FirstCaribbean International Bank recently made a donation to the Cayman Islands Red Cross in support of the organisation’s Disaster Preparedness programme.

Paul Stoll, manager of local processing at FirstCaribbean, said that ‘[t]he bank places a lot of value on the work of the Red Cross. The charity is very active in the community so we are proud to offer our support for its disaster preparedness programme, particularly at this time of year when hurricanes pose a very real threat to our islands.’

He added: ‘FirstCaribbean International Bank and our employees made a number of donations to the Paloma relief efforts after the storm had struck, but it is the donations like this one that we, and many others, made long before this storm that led to such a swift and well-organised initial response.’

‘The Red Cross is very grateful to FirstCaribbean for the bank’s ongoing support of our programme over the years,’ Director of the Red Cross’ Cayman Islands Branch, Jondo Malafa Obi, said.

‘When Hurricane Paloma ripped through the Sister Islands, Red Cross volunteers from all three islands were mobilised and ready before the storm hit. Volunteers from Grand Cayman were actually deployed two days before the storm arrived.

‘This kind of advance planning enabled us to quickly help the many people in Cayman Brac and Little Cayman who were directly affected by the storm. This was made possible by the generous support of many individuals and local businesses such as FirstCaribbean.’

Since 2004, the Cayman Islands Red Cross has expanded tremendously. Having learned a great many lessons from the devastation caused by Hurricane Ivan the local Red Cross chapter has developed an extensive Disaster Preparedness, Mitigation and Response plan.

The Cayman Islands Red Cross has trained a large number of volunteers and community partners in key areas such as shelter management, communications, logistics, distribution, First Aid and CPR.

This training has enabled the Red Cross to respond effectively to any local disaster.