Be prepared for a medical emergency during hurricane season
Emergency Medical Services (EMS):
- Emergency medical treatment is available at the Cayman Islands Hospital and at all designated Emergency Medical Centres located in public shelters.
- During a hurricane, emergency calls are responded to on an individual basis depending on risk assessment. Treatment should only be sought for medical emergencies
- EMS vehicles do not operate in tropical force winds, which are deemed unsafe for you and the EMS responders.
- Label and secure all important medications in a water tight storage container so they can be readily available and easy for the EMS responders to find.
- To avoid carbon monoxide poisoning, generators must be properly vented and should not be used indoors or in confined spaces.
- Protect your medications by securing them in an airtight, watertight plastic container or a zip-lock bag.
- During hurricane season, always ensure that you have an extra 2 week’s supply of your current medication.
- Keep these additional medications in the container and do not use them, unless necessary. Use any additional medications at the end of the hurricane season.
- Store medications in a cool, dry place and only refrigerate those labeled ‘for the fridge’ or ‘refrigerate’.
- Always ensure you have the correct and valid travel documents for yourself and your family, such as a passport and visa to enter the US, UK, Jamaica or any other likely destination.
- Ensure that your health insurance premiums are paid and current.
- Even when URGENT overseas medical care is needed, immigration authorities still require the proper documentation. Without it, most countries will refuse admission.
- Check the expiration date of your passport and visa(s) – you should have at least six months left before the expiration date.
Cayman Islands Health Services Authority facilities, including district health centres, are not general hurricane shelters for the public. If you need shelter, please go to a district hurricane shelter. Please click here for Hazard Management’s shelter list.