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GIS Spotlight in the "Hot Zone"

The Tru Defender.

This week GIS Spotlight explores the Ministry of Health and Human Services' plans to ensure optimal well-being for all before we suit up for the "hot zone" to take a look at the Department of Environmental Health's new testing device for hazardous materials.

Finally we learn what to do when the earth rumbles and heaves - as Hazard Management Cayman Islands (HMCI) takes high-school students through an earthquake drill.

With the New Year, the Ministry of Health and Human Services has laid out its new direction. Tune in as Chief Officer Diane Montoya explains how restructuring the ministry's departments is intended to help all residents to be as healthy as they can be, through proactive, visionary and creative solutions to health and human needs.

Because chemical and bioterrorism are a reality these days, the Department of Environmental Health now has cutting-edge devices that will quickly and safely detect hazardous materials in the field. Hear why the "Tru Defender" is a groundbreaking acquisition, not only for emergencies, but also for daily testing at the landfill.

And although hurricanes are viewed as Cayman's primary threat, residents should not discount other potential natural disasters such as earthquakes. This is the message that HMCI took to staff and students of John A. Cumber Primary School in West Bay. Hear the facts about earthquakes; learn what to expect if one occurs, and what precautions to take; and learn the best ways of taking cover.

Produced by Government Information Services, GIS Spotlight highlights government's services and solutions regarding issues that concern and affect you.

The weekly programme airs on Mondays at 6:30 pm on Cayman27, and again on Thursdays at 7:30 pm on Island24. However, this Thursday, 19 February, GIS Spotlight will air at 6pm on Island24 due to the broadcast of hockey game on that channel.

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