Tuesday 2 June, 2020

DCFS, HMCI partner in Annual Hurricane Shelter Training

The Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) is partnering with Hazard Management Cayman Islands (HMCI) to hold shelter management training for the 2020 hurricane season and is seeking persons, ages 18 years and older, to train as hurricane shelter volunteers.

There is a special need for volunteers to support the eastern districts shelters.

Interested persons will take part a Zoom training session organised by the department in partnership with Hazard Management Cayman Islands. The remote meeting on Wednesday, 27 May 2020 will include how to:

• manage a shelter

• monitor sheltered persons, and

• provide shelter updates

Given the present situation, the training and mitigation measures planned are being influenced by the COVID-19 outbreak, HMCI Director Danielle Coleman confirms.

“This year’s hurricane season brings a few more challenges than previous years. Issues such as social distancing in shelters, procuring masks and additional supplies, considering contingency plans if communication is impacted are some of the things that we are currently planning for.”

“DCFS and HMCI work closely together to train our shelter management teams so that they are ready to activate at very short notice for all emergencies. Whilst this year’s training will be held remotely using Zoom, we have no doubt that with the additional COVID-19 requirements, it will prove to be an interesting one,” she adds.

In reinforcing HMCI’s assessment of joint shelter volunteer management training and response mapping, DCFS Director Paulinda Mendoza-Williams says: “We are prepared for the forthcoming hurricane season having evaluated and mitigated for conceivable scenarios.”

“Mindful of how COVID-19 has already changed daily life, DCFS and HMCI are taking all necessary and additional precautionary measures to adhere to existing guidance and protocols relating to the ongoing outbreak when reviewing shelter staffing and management.”

To find out more details and to sign up, please email Tina.Ebanks@dcfs.gov.ky or Melissa.Hall@dcfs.gov.ky by no later than 11 am on Tuesday, 26 May.

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