West Bay CERT gets prepared

West Bay CERT members conducted a cleanup on May 16. From left are Jennifer Henry, Jolene Edwards, Winsome Groucher and Eziethamae Bodden.

“Don’t let your guard down!” was this year’s theme for National Day of Preparedness in the Cayman Islands.

National Day of Preparedness is observed each year in the Cayman Islands to encourage residents to prepare for the hurricane season and any other natural disaster. Held this year on Monday, May 16, the day is observed on a public holiday, Discovery Day, so that all residents can have the opportunity to review their respective family plans and level of personal preparedness for the hurricane season.

To mark the occasion, the West Bay Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members met bright and early at 6 a.m. in the parking lot of Foster’s Republix Plaza store in West Bay for an update meeting. The group then did a cleanup of Willie Farrington Drive to observe the day.

“West Bay CERT decided we would walk the street and clean up any debris, like bottles and cans, that would be a danger in the event of a hurricane or a flood, in preparation [for] the start of hurricane season, which officially begins on June 1,” explained the group’s deputy chair Zeta Bodden.

Garbage bags and gloves for the roadside clean-up were provided by the Chamber of Commerce, and refreshments for the group were supplied by the West Bay Community Council.