HE the Governor, Mr. Martyn Roper, who is also the Patron of the Cayman Islands Red Cross (CIRC) visited the Shelter and met with staff and volunteers. The newly renovated shelter which was officially opened in January this year is a 24/7 facility and is ready and available to provide
a safe haven for those needing assistance during an emergency.
The CIRC shelter was the first to open during the earthquake that accrued in January, and during the landfill fire in March, for persons evacuated from their homes. Throughout the COVID-19 crisis, the CIRC shelter provided an alternative safe space for blood donors wishing to continue to make this life-saving donation.
During the visit, the CIRC Director, Jondo Obi and, Disaster Manager Edward Tinling-Miller explained to the Governor CIRC’s new disaster management framework for this hurricane season, which incorporates COVID 19 guidelines. As part of CIRC’s disaster preparedness mechanism, 55 volunteers have been trained as shelter managers, with the initial responsibility to provide First Aid at each of the national shelters. These volunteers have also been trained in pre and post-disaster assessments, logistics, communications, and basic psychological support.
The Governor was also shown 1 out of the 9 CIRC relief supply containers which are strategically placed throughout Grand Cayman and the Sister Islands. These Containers are stocked with equipment such as cleaning kits, buckets, and plastic sheeting used to assist each community in the event of a national and localized disaster.
Governor Roper has also met with the Thrift Shop Manager, Remy Imperial who explained about the Thrift Shop referral services. The Thrift Shop has partnered with a number of government agencies and NGOs to ensure that their vulnerable clients have access to good quality items for no cost. Using the CIRC referral form, agencies channel all requests to the shop, where persons are given the ability to receive the required items. Over the years the Thrift Shop has supported individuals and families in the community who have been affected by localized disasters, such as house fires and community flooding. The Thrift Shop provides these families with clothing, bedding, furniture, and any other items of which they are in need.
As the CIRC continues its preparations for hurricane season and recovers from the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on its core programs and services, a 2020 Appeal has been launched.
Please donate today to enable us to action our hurricane preparedness plan and to be there when you need us. The role we play in the community is crucial – and you are at the heart of it.