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Shelter Wardens Wanted

Volunteers are being sought to fill the posts of shelter managers during the hurricane season in all districts of Grand Cayman.

Responsible, mature, dependable and service-oriented adults with an interest in serving their community are encouraged to apply. Previous experience is not necessary as training sessions will be held on 6th and 7th June 2011, at the Prospect Primary School Hall, commencing at 6:00 p.m. All participants will be certified.

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, Mrs. Deanna Look Loy shared from past experience, "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 starts on 1 June and continues through to 30 November of each year. According to weather experts Phil Klotzbach and Dr. Bill Gray it is going to be an active season with a prediction of 16 named storms, 9 hurricanes with 5 of them being major (category 3, 4, or 5). The Shelter Operations Sub-Committee desires a sufficient number of shelter managers to staff all shelters. We encourage you to participate by signing up and attending both days of training.

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.

For further information contact: Lennon Christian