Volunteers needed for hurricane season

Training will be provided for shelter managers, district representatives

The National Hurricane Committee is getting ready for this year’s storm season by making sure the right people are in the right place when an emergency occurs. 

To prepare for the hurricane season, which traditionally runs from 1 June through 30 November, members of the Hurricane Shelter Sub-Committee are seeking more volunteers to serve as shelter managers and district representatives.  

Shelter managers are responsible for monitoring sheltered persons and managing the overall shelter operations on a 24-hour basis. 

District representatives secure and monitor an inventory of food and supplies for post-disaster distribution. They also liaise with the shelter operations sub-committee, in particular shelter managers, and assist in post-disaster damage assessment. 

Candidates for these positions must be responsible, mature, dependable, service-minded and willing to work in emergency situations. Previous experience is not necessary as training will be provided. The deadline to register is Tuesday, 30 April. 

All disaster mitigation and response is coordinated through Hazard Management Cayman Islands, the national hazard management programme that deals with preparedness, response, mitigation and recovery. It was set up after the devastation of Hurricane Ivan in 2004. McCleary Frederick is the director. 

Within the hazard management programme, the National Hurricane Committee is the agency responsible for managing shelters, as well as coordinating assistance within districts. Members include Disaster Services Coordinator Ernesto Carter and Jen Dixon, director of the Department of Children and Family Services. 

Calling for volunteers, Ms Dixon noted, “Over the years, our managers and district representatives have played a vital role during hurricane seasons, meeting the needs of the community and ensuring safety for many families. Their commitment is a true testimony that people who volunteer just a little time can still make a significant contribution.”  

While some shelter managers continue to serve in this capacity, she said there is still a need for more volunteers. 

 

To sign up as a volunteer or for more information, contact Ernesto Carter at 925-5346 or email [email protected]

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