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In 2019, there are 14 hurricane shelters on Grand Cayman, seven of these operate as Emergency Medical Centres (EMC) and two shelters also accept cats and dogs (PETS). Depending on the severity of the current threat and other factors, HMCI could open some instead of all of the shelters.

The following is a complete list of shelters in the three islands:

District

George Town

  • John Gray High School Gymnasium (Formerly George Hicks High School) (PETS)
  • George Town Primary School Assembly Hall
  • University College of the Cayman Islands Hall
  • Prospect Primary School (EMC)

West Bay

  • John A. Cumber Primary School Assembly Hall (EMC)
  • John Gray Memorial Church Hall
  • John A. Cumber Primary School (Part Classrooms)

East End

  • William Allen McClaughlin Civic Centre (EMC)
  • Gun Bay Community Hall

North Side

  • Craddock Ebanks Civic Centre (EMC)
  • Clifton Hunter High School Gymnasium (EMC) (PETS)

Breakers

  • Breakers Community Hall

Bodden Town

  • Bodden Town Primary School Multipurpose Hall (EMC)

Savannah

  • Savannah Primary School Assembly Hall (EMC)

Cayman Brac

  • Aston Rutty Centre (EMC)
  • West End Primary School
  • Multi-Purpose Hall (Sports Complex)

Little Cayman

  • Public Works Department Building (EMC)

What to bring:

Each person is asked to bring the following to a shelter:

  • 3-4 days supply of food and drink that does not need cooking.
  • Can opener.
  • 3-4 days supply of water (one gallon per day per person).
  • First aid kit that includes prescription medications.
  • Special needs items for infants (formula, bottles, and diapers, etc).
  • Special needs items for elderly or disabled family members.
  • If you have small children, do not forget to bring at least one of their favourite foods (e.g., breakfast cereal) and something to keep them occupied.
  • Bedding (sleeping bags, pillows).
  • Battery-powered radio, flashlight and extra batteries.
  • A change of clothes.
  • Extra set of car keys, credit cards, cash.
  • Passports and important family papers.
  • Reading materials and quiet games to help pass time and keep children occupied.
  • Car charger for your cell phone.

Persons are also asked NOT to bring alcohol, illegal drugs, cooking equipment, furniture and weapons. Cots and air mattresses may not be allowed because of limited space.

A management team of trained civil servants and volunteers are in charge of the shelters.

Pet Friendly Shelters Checklist

Dog Supplies Checklist

  • Muzzles are required.
  • Regular food that is used daily for the dog (must be labelled with your first and last name) (Have a supply of food for 3 days min – 5 days max).
  • Water (3 days min – 5 days max).
  • Pet Bedding (blanket or towels).
  • Trash bags (for handling waste).
  • Paper Towels (for handling waste).
  • Hand Soap / Disinfectant.
  • Sturdy Leash and collar / harness for each dog.
  • Disinfectant spray (for cleaning up dog waste) (labelled with owner's first and last name).
  • Food and water bowls (must be labelled with owner's first and last name).
  • Can Opener (if needed for canned food).
  • Poop Scoops (labelled with owner's first and last name).
  • ID neckbands/collars.
  • Dog Carrier/crate/kennel (label the kennel with the following information: owner’s name, pet's name, breed of the dog, gender of the dog, whether the dog is spayed or neutered).
  • Clearly label the kennel / crate if the dog is anxious or aggressive.
  • Crate / Kennel must be large enough for the dog to stand up and turn around comfortably and with room for food and water.
  • Medication (all animal medications brought into the shelter are to remain in the control of the pet owner and must be clearly labelled with pet's and owner's name).
  • Veterinarian Information (up-to-date vaccination records are required).
  • Favourite toys for your dog.
  • Favourite Treats for your dog (labelled with owner's first and last name).
Cat Supplies Checklist
  • Muzzles are required.
  • Sturdy leash, collar / harness.
  • ID neckbands.
  • Regular food that is used daily for cats (3 days min – 5 days max, labeled with owner's first and last name).
  • Water (3 days min – 5 days max),
  • Food and water bowls (labelled with owner's first and last name).
  • Can opener if needed for canned food.
  • Signage on crate (label with owner's name, cat's name, breed of cat, gender of cat, and whether spayed or neutered).
  • Clearly identify on the crate / kennel if the cat is anxious or aggressive).
  • Crate / Carrier must be large enough for the cat to stand up and turn around comfortably, and with room for the cat's food and water).
  • Pet bedding / blanket or towels
  • Trash bags (for handling waste)
  • Disinfectant spray for cats (labelled with your first and last name)
  • Paper Towels (for handling waste)
  • Cat Litter and disposable pans (cat litter and a pan must be provided for each crate/kennel/carrier and must be labelled with the owner's first and last name).
  • Hand soap / disinfectant.
  • Favourite toys for the cat.
  • Favourite treats for the cat (must be labelled with owner's first and last name).
  • Heavy gauntlets/cat gloves.
  • Medication (all cat medications brought into the shelter are to remain in the control of the pet owner and must be labelled with the owner's first and last name).
  • Veterinarian Information (up-to-date vaccination records are required).

Items not allowed in Pet Friendly Shelters:

  • Kennel or crate excessive in size.
  • Exercise pens.
  • Treatments before coming to the Hurricane Shelter:

  • All cats and dogs that are not treated regularly with anti-parasiticide drugs (Frontline, Revolution or Nexgard) should be pre-treated with flea and tick prevention the day before or two days prior to entering the shelter.