Government officials attend hurricane conference

| 30/03/2016
CNS Local Life

Deputy Governor Franz Manderson

(CNS): As part of the preparation leading up to this year’s hurricane season, which begins 1 June, a delegation of public officials, led by Deputy Governor Franz Manderson, attended the 2016 National Hurricane Conference in Orlando, Florida. The conference, held 21-24 March, is the premier forum for education and professional training in hurricane and disaster preparedness.

Accompanying the deputy governor was David Hails, chief fire officer; and Lee Madison, deputy director, Hazard Management Cayman Islands (HCMI); as well as two representatives from the Ministry of Home Affairs – Vinton Chinsee, chief financial officer, and Michael Ebanks, assistant chief officer.

The primary goal of the National Hurricane Conference is to improve hurricane preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation. The conference provides courses, workshops and networking events to support the exchange of ideas, strategies and policies with a view to improve emergency management. Hurricanes represent one of many disaster events that require inter-agency collaboration at all levels of government to protect lives, property and the environment effectively.

“As emergency managers and first responders our aim is to be prepared ahead of a disaster in order to deliver the services required by the community during and after the event,” said Hails.

In recognition that preparation among the general public is also crucial, HMCI has published an extensive library of informational resources online at Cayman Prepared and the HCMI Facebook page

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