Emergency Guide for the Cayman Islands

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Keeping your mental health in check

Experiencing an emergency – such as the ongoing pandemic or the massive George Town landfill fire in March of 2021 – can trigger a variety of emotional reactions, all of which can be common responses to difficult situations.

COVID Precautions

While restrictions have been relaxed since the start of the coronavirus pandemic in March 2020, the Cayman Islands remains vigilant in the fight against COVID-19 and its variants.

Mind the mosquitoes

In Cayman, mosquitoes are not only annoying pests, but some species carry serious viral illness.

Prepare your pets

Planning ahead is the key to keeping your pets safe if disaster strikes.

Policing during an emergency

During a storm, natural disaster or a public health crisis, the police are charged with enforcement of the laws of the Cayman Islands and maintaining public safety.

What to do in a tsunami

The Cayman Islands could be hit by a tsunami so you must be prepared should a warning be issued.

Can I eat it?

Food safety is paramount during an emergency, whether that means power outages, localised flooding or a public health emergency that keeps you stuck indoors.

Sanitise it

One of the most important things to prepare in the event of a hurricane – or another emergency – is the ability to keep everything you use clean and sanitary.

First aid kit

A well-stocked first aid kit can help you respond effectively to common injuries and emergencies.

Be prepared for an earthquake

You never know when an earthquake might strike, as the people of the Cayman Islands discovered last year.

CERT teams help in crises

Join your Community Emergency Response Team to assist in an emergency.

Message from Danielle Coleman, Director, Hazard Management Cayman Islands

The 2020 hurricane season goes into the history books as the most active season on record, and the costliest.

Fire prevention and safety

Many home fires are preventable. A little bit of planning can go a long way to protect your loved ones and your property.

Batten down the hatches

There are several steps residents can take to give their home and belongings a fighting chance against a storm.

The National Hurricane Emergency Plan

Cayman’s National Tropical Storm and Hurricane Plan is what is termed a ‘hazard specific’ plan and it sits under the main National Hazard Management Plan.

Hurricane season forecast – Cayman’s outlook for 2021

As we start to look at the upcoming hurricane season it is critical to take a look back at the past season.

First Aid Kit

A well-stocked first aid kit can help you respond effectively to common injuries and emergencies.

Emergency Shelters: Know where to go

If your home is hurricane-proof and is in a safe location, it is the best place to ride out a storm.

Sort out travel documents

Cayman Islands residents should ensure that their official documents are up to date and secure for the hurricane season, and other potential emergencies.

Atlantic storm names for 2021

After the most active hurricane season on record in 2020, there will be some changes to how storms are named.

The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale

The Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale is a 1 to 5 rating based on a hurricane's sustained wind speed.

COVID-19 Shelter Protocols

While the Cayman Islands is more relaxed now with social distancing, public gatherings and other COVID-19 protocols, public shelters are still exercising caution.

Disaster Supply Kit Checklist

A disaster supply kit is a collection of basic items your household may need in the event of an emergency. Prepare a kit in advance and have it handy in case you have to evacuate at a moment’s notice.

Hurricane and tropical storm alerts

When a tropical cyclone is likely to affect the Cayman Islands, warnings will be issued.

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