Volunteers needed to manage emergency shelters

| 02/06/2011

(CNS): Government is looking for volunteer shelter managers for the 2011 hurricane season in all of the districts of Grand Cayman. Officials said people willing to take on the role must be responsible,dependable, mature and service-oriented with an interest in serving the community. Previous experience is not necessary as training sessions will be held next week. Shelter Operations, a Sub-Committee of the Hazard Management Cayman Islands (HMCI), is the agency responsible for managing shelters as well as coordinating assistance in the districts. There are currently 14 hurricane shelters and approximately 55 volunteers. Shelter Managers manage the shelter with a team of other volunteers.

Chairperson of the Shelter Operations Sub-committee, Deanna Look said, “Our Wardens are vital in meeting a range of safety and other basic human needs before, during and after hurricanes. While some of our previous managers have indicated a willingness to continue to serve their communities, there still remains a need for greater numbers of volunteers.”
Hurricane season officially started on Wednesday continues through to 30 November and experts are predicting an active season this year. (See

If you are willing to volunteer your time during this hurricane season, please contact Mrs. Lynda Mitchell, Department of Children and Family Services, on 949-0290 or 925-5346. Training takes place on 6 & 7 June at the Prospect Primary School Hall, commencing at 6:00 p.m. All participants will be certified.

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