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Chikungunya Update for 21 July

Total cases investigated for chikungunya since 25 June 2014 is seven.

• Since the last update on 14 July 2014, there has been one new case, a resident of West Bay, under investigation for chikungunya. (This is during the week of 15-21 July, 2014.)

• Three results were received during this week from the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA), with one positive.

The total results received thus far are: out of seven cases tested four have come back positive and three negative.

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Another Chikungunya Update

Total number of cases investigated / under investigation for chikungunya is four (including the first confirmed case).

• Two are residents of George Town and two from Cayman Brac. All four persons have travel history to endemic areas with chikungunya.

• Test results are available for three of the four investigated cases.

• Of these, two test results are positive (one from George Town and one from Cayman Brac). The other test result is negative (from George Town).

• One test result is pending for a resident of Cayman Brac.

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First Chikungunya Case Confirmed

As a regional outbreak persists, public health officials have confirmed the first local case of imported chikungunya illness by a returning resident.

Medical Officer of Health Dr. Kiran Kumar said the patient, who was treated and released from the Cayman Islands Hospital last week, is no longer infectious. He also confirmed that there is no evidence of local transmission of chikungunya in the Cayman Islands.

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Suspected Chikungunya Probed

Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Kiran Kumar, is confirming that a blood sample was sent on 25 June 2014 to the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) in Trinidad to test for chikungunya and dengue. The sample was drawn after a resident, who travelled to one of the countries where there is an outbreak, has presented with symptoms consistent with chikungunya.

“The CARPHA has been notified and we are advised that they will prioritise this case and will revert with the results as a matter of urgency”, said Dr. Kumar.

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St Vincent Relief

This week Cayman Islands Civil Servants donated almost $1,000 towards the continued relief of St Vincent and the Grenadines, whose people experienced traumatic loss of life and homes during landslides last December. (Centre) Governor Helen Kilpatrick presented the funds during a photo op today (Friday, 28 March 2014)

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Caribbean Tsunami Exercise

The Cayman Islands joins other Countries in the Caribbean as a participant in a tsunami response exercise on March 26, 2014. The purpose of the exercise is to evaluate local tsunami response plans, increase tsunami preparedness, and improve coordination throughout the Caribbean region and northern Western Atlantic.

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CCRIF Semiannual Report June-November 2013


This report, for the period 1 June – 30 November 2013, is for the first two quarters of the 2013/2014 fiscal and policy year for CCRIF. It is designed to provide an update on progress during this six-month period towards achievement of CCRIF’s Strategic Objectives (see Figure 1) as defined in the CCRIF Strategic Plan 2012/2013 – 2014/2015. In providing this progress update, this report also illustrates how the Facility upholds its customer values.

The report presents:

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Haiti + 37 others
Successful Caribbean test demonstrates progress in regional tsunami readiness

Over 44,000 people from 30 Members States and 15 of the territories* in the Caribbean and Adjacent Regions participated in the second full scale regional tsunami exercise held on March 20, 2013.

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Haiti + 36 others
Full-scale test today of Caribbean tsunami warning system

Thirty-two countries* will participate in a full-scale tsunami alert exercise in the Caribbean on 20 March 2013. The goal is to test the reaction capacity in countries of the Caribbean and adjacent regions, including the East Coast of Canada and the United States, the Gulf of Mexico and Bermuda. The exercise was organized under the auspices of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC).

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Haiti + 21 others
Humanitarian Implementation Plan (HIP) DIPECHO Caribbean (CHO/DIP/BUD/2013/94000) - Last update 23/10/2012 Version 1

The activities proposed hereafter are still subject to the adoption of the financing decision ECHO/WWD/BUD/2013/01000

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Nicaragua + 6 others
Ernesto churns towards Mexico, Central America

08/06/2012 01:08 GMT

MIAMI, Florida, Aug 5, 2012 (AFP) - Tropical storm Ernesto swept by Jamaica and churned toward the Central American coast Sunday as US forecasters predicted it would gain strength in the coming days.

At 0000 GMT, the eye of the storm was located about 395 kilometers (245 miles) east of Cabo Gracias a Dios on the border between Nicaragua and Honduras, according to the Miami-based National Hurricane Center.

With top winds of 85 kilometers per hour (50 miles per hour), Ernesto was moving westward at 32 kilometers per hour (20 miles per hour).

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Bahamas + 15 others
Caribbean islands earn hurricane insurance rebate

By David Singh

GENEVA, 15 June 2012 - As the 2012 Atlantic Hurricane Season kicks off, all 16 member governments of the Caribbean Catastrophe Risk Insurance Facility (CCRIF) have committed for the sixth year in a row to renew their hurricane and earthquake insurance for 2012-2013 and earned themselves a 25% premium rebate.

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Statement from the Ministry of Education, Training and Employment on Government Schools Re-Opening

Based on the latest weather forecast we anticipate that government schools will be able to open tomorrow provided that weather conditions remain stable. However weather conditions may change without notice and the public is encouraged to closely monitor public announcements until this weather system passes.

For further information contact: Simon Boxall

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GIS officers attend workshop on GIS and remote sensing in Cayman Islands

Tuesday, May 22 - The United Nations Development Programme for Barbados and the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), through its Regional Risk Reductive Initiative (R3i), is hosting a three-day capacity building workshop to train participants in the use of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) for disaster management, land use planning and development.

GIS Officers Kahrim Skelton of the Town and Country Planning Department and Dillon Robin from the Water and Sewerage Department are participating in the workshop which commenced on Monday in the Cayman Islands.

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Severe weather warning - Continued flooding of low lying areas is expected

Published 21st May, 5:27pm

Satellite pictures show a large area of cloudiness with embedded thunderstorms moving Northeastward across the Cayman area. Weather models indicate rainfall amounts of 3 to 4 inches are likely during the next 24 hours with a maximum of 8 inches. Continued flooding of low lying areas is expected during the next 24 hours and residents are urged to take necessary precautions.

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Government Schools Close Due to Flood Waters

Published 21st May, 6:49pm

All government primary and secondary schools in Grand Cayman will be closed tomorrow, 22 May, due to severe flooding, except for a small number of high schools students who will be sitting their CXC History examination.

Students sitting the CXC History exam from CHHS and John Gray are to report to the John Gray High School Hall tomorrow as planned.

Cayman Brac schools will remain open.

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Red Cross Shelter Opens

Published 21st May, 6:31pm

The Red Cross Shelter is now open for residents who are experiencing problems with flooding and need to temporary relocate.

The Department of Children and Family Services has confirmed reports of a couple of families from the George Town area who have already left their homes due to the flooding.

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Haiti + 15 others
CCRIF Quarterly Report: September - November 2011


This report, for the period 1 September – 30 November 2011, is the second quarterly report in the 2011/2012 fiscal and policy year for CCRIF. It is designed to provide an update on progress during this quarter towards achievement of CCRIF’s Strategic Objectives (see Figure 1) as defined in the CCRIF Strategic Plan 2009/2010 – 2011/2012. In providing this progress update, this quarterly report also illustrates how the Facility upholds its customer values.

The report presents:

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International Day for Disaster Reduction

Message from the Deputy Governor and Chairman of the National Hazard Management Council, Mr. Donovan Ebanks

International Day for Disaster Reduction is celebrated each year on the 13th October. This year, the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction Secretariat has announced that the theme is: “Making Youth Partners for Disaster Risk Reduction”, with the slogan “Step up for Disaster Risk Reduction’. This is a basic call for action to all children and young people to step up to the challenge and get involved in the disaster risk reduction effort.

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UNDAC Missions in Americas (from 1993 to January 2011)

What is UNDAC?
The United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) is part of the international emergency response system for sudden-onset emergencies.
UNDAC was created in 1993. It is designed to help the United Nations and governments of disaster-affected countries during the first phase of a sudden-onset emergency. UNDAC also assists in the coordination of incoming international relief at national level and/or at the site of the emergency.

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