My Fellow Caymanians and Cayman Islands Residents,
For the past 12 hours, in both the Sister Islands and Grand Cayman, we have borne the brunt of Tropical Storm Grace.
The storm has impacted all of us, whether through loss of power or water, wind knocking down trees and breaking glass, or boats being torn from their moorings. Worse, some of us have seen the effects of storm surges and the flooding caused to some waterfront properties, most notably on canals.
We will always remember Grace, but it is still by the grace of God, that the disaster was not far worse. We should, and we do, give thanks for that.
Our authorities did a magnificent job from predicting the storm’s path and intensity to the well-organised preparations that were quickly and flexibly put in place.
Our collective thanks go to the National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC) and the team of dedicated officials and volunteers for their tremendous efforts.
It’s now our turn to do our part to ensure that we return to normalcy as soon as possible. First, we must follow the advice of public safety officials.
The Governor and I will be visiting areas in Grand Cayman to assess damage and flooding to ensure the necessary resources are deployed to assist those in need.
Please be safe and follow all precautions when clearing debris in your homes and surroundings. Make sure stagnant water is not left standing around your homes lest mosquitoes begin to breed.
Let us keep our children, our elders, our vulnerable and ourselves safe in the coming days and going forward.
God Bless the Cayman Islands - today and always.