What We Do > Disaster Planning

The National Recovery Fund wants everyone to be prepared for whatever may come during hurricane season and reminds all residents to take the time to secure their homes and families before the season begins.

TAKE THE FIRST STEP – Have a Plan for your Family
  • Gather the family together and discuss the type of hazards that could affect your family. Know your home's risk of storm surge, flooding and wind.
  • Identify the safest areas in your home for each hurricane hazard. If you have doubts about your home, seek community shelter.
  • Determine escape routes from your home and places to meet. Ensure that all family members have a single point of contact
  • Plan what you will do with your pets if you must go to a shelter. Make sure that all family members are aware of this.
  • Check your insurance coverage.
  • Stock up on non-perishable emergency supplies.
  • Have a first aid kit handy.
  • Ensure you have adequate supplies of all necessary medications.
  • Secure all important documents in waterproof pouches/folders/containers.
  • Have a radio with adequate supplies of batteries.

Stay informed!
Follow the media for hurricane updates and tips on keeping safe.

Need Help to Secure Your Home?
The National Recovery Fund offers assistance in securing homes during hurricane season. Qualified applicants may receive plywood to board up their windows and doors. Contact the National Recovery Fund to find out how you may receive assistance.

Cayman Islands Hurricane and Emergency Shelters
The Cayman Islands has established a shelter in every district to house and feed people before, during, and after a crisis.

There are 16 storm shelters on Grand Cayman, Seven of these also operate as Emergency Medical Centres (EMC).

Click here following is a complete list of shelters in the three islands.

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 pets, alcohol, illegal drugs, cooking equipment, furniture and weapons. Cots and air mattresses may not be allowed because of limited space.



What We Do > Request Assistance


Who can apply?

Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria to be considered under the National Recovery Fund.

  • Damage must be as a result of a hurricane or other disaster
  • Funds are intended for permanent structural repairs and primary dwelling restoration
  • Uninsured property damage
  • Must be owner occupied, single dwelling unit
  • Priority will be given to applicants with low household income and savings
  • Applicants must be residents of the Cayman Islands

The following documentation should be presented with the application:

  • Copy of passport, birth certificate, or other evidence of Caymanian status
  • Land registry information
  • An estimate for repair or restoration (this will expedite consideration)

Application process:

Applications forms are available online.

Application forms, submitted along with an estimate for repair or restoration, will be validated and, where possible, a decision communicated to the applicant within five working days.

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