Shelter managers get training

The Shelter Operations
sub-committee of Hazard Management Cayman Islands held two-day shelter managers
training sessions last week at Prospect Primary School.

The shelter managers, previously
called shelter wardens, manage Grand Cayman’s 15 government-run shelters during
times of emergency.

Shelter Operations Sub-Committee
Chairperson Deanna Look Loy thanked the nearly 200 people who attended the
first day of training.

“This is not any easy job by any
means,” she said.

Mrs. Look Loy said it was good to
see people of so many different nationalities attending the training.

“After a disaster, we will all have
to help each other,” she said.

Hazard Management Cayman Islands
Director McCleary Frederick addressed changes in the National Hurricane Center
in Miami’s system of issuing watches and warnings this year. Beginning this
year, that organisation will issue tropical storm and hurricane watches 48
hours in advance and warnings 36 hours in advance.

“That change was not adopted by the
World Meteorological Organisation,” Mr. Frederick said. “So only the US has
changed; it hasn’t changed internationally.”

Cayman will continue to issue
tropical storm and hurricane alerts 48 hours in advance, watches 36 hours in
advance and warnings 24 hours in advance, he said.

Mr. Frederick said most of Grand
Cayman’s government-run emergency shelters had been upgrade with generators
capable of running air conditioning this year.

Not all of those attending the
training will become shelter managers. Shelter Operations Coordinator Lynda
Mitchell said shelter managers needed to have a certain disposition to handle
the task.