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The Cayman Islands (esp. Grand Cayman) was hit very hard in 2004 by Hurricane Ivan. At the time I'm writing this (June, 2005) most of the island is pretty much back to normal, or even better than before!.

A very detailed report on the storm is authored by Simon Young, sponsored by UK's DFID. It addresses the storm's hazards -- rain, wind, storm surge & wave action. view report (taken from www.gov.ky (Cayman Government Website). Other good information from the Cayman Government can be found here.

More general tourist info on the current situation can be found on the following websites:
- Cayman Department of Tourism
- Cayman Islands Tourism Association
- Cayman Net News
- Caymanian Compass

Many, many 'after Ivan' pictures
- caymanphotos.com
- Cayman resident Martin's after Ivan Pictures

- - - 2004 Hurricane Season - - -

- Travel restrictions lifted
  • From: terrafutan AT CandW.ky
  • Date: Thu, 18 Nov 2004 15:27:27 -0500
Thought you all might be interested in this...

Relaxation Of Air Travel Restrictions To Grand Cayman

While the Sister Islands of Cayman Brac and Little Cayman have been welcoming
tourists since mid-September, the Hon. McKeeva Bush, Leader of Government
Business and Minister of Tourism, announced that travel restrictions to Grand
Cayman will be lifted effective 20th November 2004.

Prior to making this decision representatives of the Ministry of Tourism met
with various public sector agencies e.g. the Immigration Department, Civil
Aviation Authority and Cayman Airways as well a number of private sector
entities in Grand Cayman, including the Cayman Islands Tourism Association,
the larger hotel properties, retailers, transportation providers and
watersports operators. The Ministry and Department of Tourism toured
properties which have been inspected and have room stock available for guests,
plus visited those restaurants and attractions which have advised the
Department of Tourism that they are now open for business.

The Honourable Minister, the Permanent Secretary, Mr. Tim Hubbell and
representatives from the Department of Tourism were among those who toured the
properties which are ready to open. ?It was important for us to visit the
properties which are ready to receive guests,? said the Hon. Minister, ?so
that we could see for ourselves what our guests will experience when they
return. We look forward to welcoming our visitors back to Grand Cayman at a
time of year which is particularly significant for so many of them -- US
Thanksgiving ? and this year we will join them in giving thanks for a great
many things.?

The Department of Tourism confirmed that, as Grand Cayman prepares to welcome
guests back, there are 529 rooms available in inventory for sale. All rooms
made available for visitors, will have passed a rigorous inspection process
and additional rooms will be inspected prior to coming online. Our world
renowned diving, snorkelling and white sand beaches are pristine; a number of
major attractions, including the Turtle Farm, Stingray City, and George Town?s
historic and shopping district ? are all waiting to welcome guests back when
they arrive. Long known for its culinary establishments, the Ministry
confirmed that more than 75 restaurants are currently open for business. 

Guests visiting the Cayman Islands are advised to travel with return tickets,
or receipts for return e-tickets plus confirmation of their accommodation
arrangements. Those who are visiting friends and family should ensure they
have the names and street address of their hosts. The possession of this
information will allow Immigration and Tourism officials to assist guests,
when necessary, with any communications or transportation issues which may
arise at the airport. 

?I will reiterate something I said when we announced the resumption of cruise
tourism,? said the Hon. Minister, ?Tourism accounts for 45% of the Cayman
Islands GDP. It is critical that tourism resumes quickly, and in an orderly
manner, so that it can once again provide an income for the many people who
depend on this industry for their living. People are hurting ? both
financially and emotionally ? and they need the income they can earn from
working in tourism to bring a level of ?normalcy? back to their everyday

In conclusion, Mr. Bush noted ?One thing is clear ? over the past two months
the people of the Cayman Islands demonstrated remarkable resilience, community
spirit and optimism. At the end of the day, these once in a lifetime
experiences remind us what is truly most important in life ? our family and
our friends. The Cayman Islands have been blessed with strong families and
loyal friends both at home and overseas. Their outpouring of assistance and
support have helped to carry us through what was a particularly difficult time
and we now find ourselves renewed and inspired to showcase the best of
Caymanian warmth and hospitality.  To friends and family, we say ?Welcome
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  • From: Gert van Dijken <gert AT vandijken.com>
  • Date: Wed, 20 Oct 2004 12:03:00 -0400 (EDT)
Grand Cayman's Road to Recovery

Press statement by the Council of the Cayman Islands Chamber of Commerce


18th October 2004

The Cayman Islands Chamber of Commerce is working in partnership with the 
Cayman Islands Government, the Cayman Islands Recovery Committee, Chamber 
members, the local and international media, the wider private sector, industry 
associations and community organizations in the post Hurricane Ivan recovery 
effort. Each day that passes visible progress is being achieved on Grand 
Cayman's road to recovery. These recovery efforts are noticeable as residents 
return to their homes, schools reopen, infrastructural services are restored 
and businesses become operational.

This achievement in just over one month since the passing of a Category 5 
hurricane is a clear testament to the hard work, resiliency, dedication and 
personal sacrifice by Caymanians, local residents, relief workers, the National 
Hurricane Committee, Caribbean Utilities Company Ltd., the Water Authority, the 
Cayman Water Company and telecommunications companies, AT&T, Cable & Wireless 
and Digicel, the Public Works Department, heavy equipment operators, shelter 
workers, Churches, George Town Hospital staff and Police, Fire, Customs, 
Planning and Immigration officials and business owners. Each of these groups 
and individuals continue to be instrumental in the recovery effort, but we must 
all realize that a great deal of work remains in order to restore Grand Cayman 
to its pre-Ivan condition.

The Council and staff of the Chamber of Commerce are committed to quickening 
the pace of the recovery and support the Cabinet's two main initial priorities. 
These are:

   Debris Removal

Tremendous progress has been made to remove debris from central George Town and 
along West Bay Road, but further work and cooperation is necessary in many 
other areas of Grand Cayman if we are to reach a position of being able to 
welcome cruise ship visitors to our island home by early November. Property 
owners along the West Bay Road corridor and areas near some of the attractions 
leading to West Bay in particular are urged to take the personal initiative to 
clear your properties of debris. Debris collection routes are being developed 
by the Cayman Islands Recovery Committee and will be communicated through 
regular media announcements.

Securing temporary housing accommodations is an essential component for the 
recovery. As of 18th October, the Chamber of Commerce has completed 
negotiations to facilitate the charter of a cruise ship with accommodations for 
1,020 persons. It must be stressed that these accommodations are temporary for 
a maximum period of five months and is not intended to provide a long term 
remedy to the shortage of land-based accommodations. It is hoped that the 
cruise accommodations will provide residents and the business community with an 
immediate available option to allow hotels, condominiums and private 
residential homes and apartment complexes the time to activate plans to repair 
as many units as possible. It should also be stressed that the Chamber of 
Commerce has become involved in the process of negotiating the charter of a 
cruise ship on condition that the rental cost for the berths will be affordable 
for all residents. The Chamber of Commerce is not profiting in any way by makin!
 g these
 arrangements. The ship will be serviced entirely through local companies thus 
keeping money circulating in the Cayman Islands economy. The proposal for the 
charter will be presented to the Cayman Islands Government for review and 
comment this week. If the proposal is accepted, the cruise ship will be 
available for rental accommodations in Grand Cayman in November.

The Council of the Chamber of Commerce is dismayed by the reports of 
disproportionate pricing for temporary accommodations in the aftermath of 
Hurricane Ivan. These predatory pricing practices are detestable and 
reprehensible. We are hopeful that these practices are an anomaly and will be 
discontinued immediately. The real estate sector has self-policed itself for 
many successful years. It would be unfortunate for the economy on a whole to 
suffer the consequences of potential legislative action because of a few greedy 
persons who are seeking to profit from the vulnerability of others in need. We 
call upon persons who believe that they have been treated unfairly by landlords 
and property owners to visit the Chamber of Commerce office, second floor, 
Macdonald Square, next to the Town Hall in George Town. Complaint forms are 
available for completion and each will be investigated by the Chamber's Better 
Business Council.

For the past three weeks, the Chamber Staff has attempted to contact all 597 
corporate members to confirm the state of each member business. Of the 284 
businesses contacted successfully by phone as of 18th October, 78% reported 
that they were open for business with the highest percentages reported in the 
financial services sector (88%), merchants (80%) and construction sector (94%). 
A comprehensive list of businesses that are open will be completed this week 
and will be available on the Chamber's website and distributed to the public. 
Shortly after the storm, an employment register was established to assist the 
community and to enable Chamber members and other businesses to secure 
temporary workers if required. To date, more than 800 persons have registered 
and the Chamber staff continues to assist with the placement of workers.

The Chamber also worked closely with the Planning Department immediately 
following the storm. The Planning Department based its temporary operations in 
the Chamber office. A register of contractors, architects, engineers, 
electricians, plumbers and insurance adjustors has been established. These 
lists are available on the Chamber of Commerce website at www.caymanchamber.ky. 
A special section has been posted on the home page entitled Grand Cayman's 
Recovery which includes important information and useful forms and lists to 
assist members and the public.

In closing, Chamber President Mr. Joseph Hew and the Council will be meeting 
weekly to identify the main priorities for the private sector to share with the 
Cayman Islands Recovery Committee. The Council of Associations, a Chamber 
subcommittee representing all industry associations chaired by President-Elect 
Mr. Morgan DaCosta, is meeting every two weeks to assess the conditions of the 
various industry sectors and to communicate immediate and long term priorities. 
We are confident that working together the Cayman Islands will realize a 
complete recovery from the devastating effects of Hurricane Ivan.


- Cayman Recovery Progress
  • From: "Cayman Activity Guide" <editor AT caymanactivityguide.com>
  • Date: Thu, 14 Oct 2004 00:42:28 -0700
In an effort to expeditiously answer all of your questions and dispel the many false rumors circulating among the international community, I have posted current restoration progress and projected openings directly to our web site. I will also post this to the popular Caribbean travel forums and make an effort to keep them updated as well.
While damage from IVAN was devastating to Grand Cayman, the recovery effort so far has been nothing less than miraculous. With assistance from the international community, both the private and public sectors have been working together feverously to implement restorations as quickly as possible. Only 30 days after a direct hit from the 3rd largest storm in Atlantic recorded history there has already been widespread restoration of power, water, communication and all essential services. The financial/insurance sector is largely restored and operational while most grocery stores, gas stations and building supply outlets are reasonably functional.
At least 34% of hotels, and 55% of condominiums are expected to be open within the next two months.
55% of the dive community is reported to be operational as soon as power is restored to their facilities.
Over 60% of restaurants are either open or ready to open in a matter of weeks.
Over 50% of attractions in general are already open and expected to be fully operational by the end of the month.
I have compiled an itemized list of target opening dates after speaking directly with the business owner or manager. In some cases where they are not already open, there are certain contingencies such as getting back power and being able to obtain the necessary supplies to meet their objectives. Based on what I have seen so far, if things continue as they have the dates posted are realistic and attainable.
Tourist Services - Projected Opening Dates:
I have included some pictures which demonstrate some of the remarkable progress already achieved.
Progress photos:
Additional information can be obtained from CITA (Cayman Islands Tourist Association):
Cayman Islands Tourism Association - October 1, 2004:
All of the popular dive sites on the North, West and East walls are confirmed to be in excellent condition, as well as Stingray City and Sandbar. Significant movement of sand along the ocean floor has been reported, making many of the popular dive sites different and in most cases even more spectacular and dramatic than before. Some reef damage has been reported along the South side of the island, however this is an area that is not often frequented by divers.
Subject to the continuation of the spectacular job being done by CUC (our power company); water companies; and communication providers (and those assisting them), Grand Cayman should be ready to receive cruise ship passengers by the last week of October and overnight guests by as early as Thanksgiving. I DO NOT have absolute confirmation as to these target dates, but will continue to keep you updated as progress continues. Since most of George Town and many activities are restored and operational, I am reasonably certain that the October cruise ship goal is attainable. However, there are still some considerations with respect to the Thanksgiving overnight arrivals. Not the least of which is the Cayman Islands' dedication to maintaining their status as the most upscale, safe and enjoyable destination in the Caribbean. The Tourism Department will not allow arrivals until they are 100% certain that each and every visitor will be assured of the very best of the services which they expect to receive - in clean, safe and beautiful surroundings. Much work remains to be done before this is possible, but given the drive and commitment of the Caymanian people it is certainly not unrealistic. The level of improvement which occurs during the next few weeks will be a crucial deciding factor, and I will continue to post new information as it becomes available so please check the links provided as often as possible.
Once bookings commence, I encourage you to confirm all reservations directly by phone or email and to book as many activities in advance as possible. For at least the next several months there will be fewer rooms, rental cars, dive/snorkel boats, tour operators, etc., so it would be a good idea to book these activities ahead of time. If you do not have a current Activity Guide Magazine, the operators' contact information and links to their respective web sites can be found on our web site at: www.caymanactivityguide.com. As the target opening date becomes more concretized, I will print an appropriate amount of magazines for the remainder of November and your copies will be delivered as well.

For anyone already booked with accommodations for Thanksgiving onward, I STRONGLY encourage keeping those reservations (assuming the facility is scheduled to be open). Not only will it be busy season, but there will be fewer rooms available and it is inevitable that demand will quickly exceed availability.
There are numerous hurricane relief funds for those of you wishing to contribute:
However, as travel professionals I am sure that you know that the best way to help the Cayman Islands get back on their feet is to send as many visitors as possible, as quickly as possible. It is for this reason that I am providing you with the most current and accurate information available, in an effort to assist you in this endeavor. Thank you in advance for your assistance, patience and understanding during these most unfortunate and enduring of times.
Activart, Ltd.
Joe Stebbins
Cayman Activity Guide
Cayman Activity Guide Online
Tel: 345-947-1845

- RE: Ivan and Cayman
  • From: "Cayman Activity Guide" <editor AT caymanactivityguide.com>
  • Date: Fri, 8 Oct 2004 16:23:30 -0700
Saturday, September 11th. with everything all battened down we went to bed
around midnight. We awoke about 6:00am when our cat jumped up on top of us
and we noticed that his paws were wet. We got out of bed and there was about
an inch of water on the floor. At that point the winds were blowing about
120mph with gusts over 150. The water outside had risen to about three
inches above the base of our doors. We gathered towels and magazines and
stuffed them under the doors and weighted them down with anything we could
find - tiles, boards, furniture, etc. to help keep the water from coming in
any faster. During the course of the next few hours the winds increased as
the water continued to rise outside, reaching over four feet above floor
level; almost up to the door knobs. Fortunately, we had recently replaced
the weather stripping in all of our doors so they were fairly water-tight.
Leaks would spring up occasionally in between the doors and hinges and at
the base of some of the windows, so we plugged them with pieces of
cardboard, shims, washers, etc. to slow the flow of water coming in. One of
our electrical sockets sprung a leak so we put a quick duct tape patch over
that. We never anticipated this much water; we had even talked about getting
sand bags, but didn't because our house is 8 feet above sea level and they
anticipated the storm surge to be only 6-8 feet. We thought we were going to
be high and dry. WRONG!

We used various containers to bail water from the floor into the kitchen
sinks. There was nowhere else to pour the water because the sea had rose
higher than the bathtub and toilets, causing the water to flow out from
there as well. With everyone's septic tanks flooded the water coming in
consisted of raw sewage mixed with sea water - really nasty stuff!

By about 9:00am the storm reached its peak with maximum sustained winds in
excess of 165mph and gusts over 208mph! The outside sea water continued to
ebb and flow between about 1 - 5 feet above floor level, so we just kept
bailing and stuffing holes and managed to keep the water level inside our
house to no more than 3 - 4".

Our roof vent and about 1/3 of our shingles blew off around 10:00am as winds
continued at 165mph with much higher gusts, so everything upstairs was
blowing around furiously as water began to leak in from the ceiling near the
kitchen and other rooms towards the front of the house. Luckily we were too
busy dealing with the water to be frightened by the extreme wind force. The
cats were great throughout the entire ordeal, jumping from couch to chair to
table, trying not to get their little paws wet. We had a ladder set up to
the attic in case the doors gave way. At that point we really had no idea
exactly how high the water level could rise. If the doors blew, our escape
plan was to put the cats in the box and take them up to the attic - sit
there and hope the roof held out. We are incredibly thankful that it never
came down to that.

Finally, by about noon, the winds started to decrease and the water
subsided. By 2:00pm the winds were down to about 100mph so we opened the
back door and most of the water from inside the house flowed out. The
strange thing was the water level outside receded so quickly; within an hour
it was as if it never flooded at all. In fact, the water level actually
recessed several feet below normal sea level for a period of a few hours
before slowly returning to its normal level.

Our pool chlorine (which is about 70 times stronger than standard bottled
bleach) stayed dry, so we mixed that with rain water in buckets and spent
most of the rest of the day cleaning all the filth out of the house and back
porch. Luckily, neither one of us has gotten deathly ill from this stuff! By
nightfall, we had the inside of the house pretty much cleaned up and took a
walk around the house to see the damage.

Fallen trees, leaves, debris - everywhere. 2/3 of our shingles were gone and
blown all over our property and in the pool. Our car had been completely
underwater and everything was washed out of the garage and mixed in with
debris everywhere.

Our pool was overflowing with that nasty mix of sea and sewer water and
about 2 feet of debris on the bottom. No power; no phones; no water; and the
only thing on the radio was that same old loop that had been recorded before
the storm advising people to stay indoors - duh!

Monday morning up at 6am and the radio still offered no new information,
just that same loop playing over and over again from before the storm. Winds
were still blowing around 40mph and light rain. We donned rain coats and
took a walk around the neighborhood.

The first thing we saw was a boat that came from the nearby canal and landed
in the front yard of one of our neighbors. About 1/2 the power lines were
down in our area, roads all filled with debris, telephone poles and wires
down, stop signs and lights down, etc.; people sweeping water out of their
houses and very few cars working due to water damage. Luckily, no deaths
were reported and all of our friends and neighbors were accounted for.

The clean up of our house continued for days; luckily we had saved lots of 5
gallon buckets so we were able to collect rain water and scour the house
many times. Our pool chlorine was a real life saver! The rain also provided
us with much needed showers - this gave our neighbors quite a little treat!

We went up on the roof and nailed down tarps with the damaged floor boards
we removed from our bedroom to minimize further water damage. We managed to
save at least 90% of our landscaping, and with all the frequent brief rain
showers we have been getting nearly every afternoon it is amazing how
quickly most of our trees and plants have started to grow new leaves.

By Friday, the house was finally clean and disinfected and most of the
debris out of the pool. We found a mechanic to fix our car, but had to buy
another car for parts since no businesses had opened yet except one grocery
store and a single gas station. Our first visit to the grocery store
resulted in a 1 1/2 hour wait in line and a limit of 1 gallon of water and 1
loaf of bread; the rest of the canned foods were limitless - they stocked up
really well on Spam! We cooked on our propane grill with water we had stock
piled so we were in pretty good shape. The radio finally started to provide
us with updated local information, but were not made aware of how much
information had been disseminated to the outside world.

Our next priority was to clean out the pool since it was fast becoming a
stagnating cesspool. We bought more chlorine and rigged up a double bucket
filtering system using a bilge pump, sand, plastic hoses and the battery
from our newly working car. We ran the car for two days straight charging
our cell phones and spare battery to run the pump to get some of the gunk
filtered out of the pool.

We caught a staff infection. The doctor put us both on preventative
antibiotics for whatever diseases were are being exposed to. Fortunately,
neither of us had any intestinal problems - particularly since it took 14
days to get running water! We used pool water to flush toilets and boiled
rain water with bleach to wash dishes for cleaning. We ran short of water
around the fourth day, then realized that we had 50 gallons of fresh
drinking water stored in our hot water heater. Problem solved. After all of
this, at least we can say that come what may, we can probably survive almost
anything nature throws at us!

We took our first drive around the island one week after the hurricane, as
officials were telling everyone to stay off the roads to facilitate
emergency vehicles in their endeavors to clean up the debris. We are still
under Marshal Law with a 10:00pm curfew, raised from 6pm a few days ago.
Many homes were blown completely off their foundation and onto the main
roads to and from George Town and throughout the island, so there was a lot
of bulldozing going on.

So many homes were destroyed, often down to the foundation that we consider
ourselves extremely fortunate to have saved our house with what little
damage it did incur. Nearly all the leaves are blown off all of the trees
and plants throughout the entire island and about half of the trees are
completely blown down. The winds came predominately from the east and north,
so most of the trees are bent over at a 90o angle facing south west.

As of today, October 8th. we are still without power. Priority has been
given to the downtown area, financial sector and essential services which
are all pretty much all up and running. With help imported from Canada, UK,
America and other Caribbean islands, CUC (Caribbean Utilities Company) is
working feverishly to restore power island-wide as quickly as possible, and
will likely take another several weeks.

There are no longer any lines at gas stations, supermarkets, stores, etc.
All essential goods are readily available, with the exception of roofing
materials which are in short supply.

The Tourism department is working closely with individual businesses to see
when they will be prepared to open for tourism. The best estimates now
indicate a target date of early November for cruise ship passengers, and
overnight visitors later that month or the beginning of December.

This has been quite the ordeal and not anything we would ever like to go
through again!

Many of million dollar+ homes  along the South coast of the island 
were completely destroyed as the eye of the storm passed south of us 
about 30 miles to the west. The stores
luckily suffered only minor damage so it looks like Peggy will be returning
to work as soon as the cruise ships return to Cayman. This could be as early
as 2 weeks if all goes according to government's plan. Meanwhile, we are
continuing to fix and clean as much as possible until major construction can
start on our house once the appraisers give us the go ahead to start work.
The work will include: complete new exterior paint job, new roof, new
fences, new ceilings in a couple rooms, new doors, new flooring in the
master bedroom, several new windows, new pool deck and pumps, and a few
appliances which have yet to be determined, and a few other minor to
moderate jobs. The good news is, much of these repairs will be made in areas
that were already due for improvement so at the end of the day, we'll have a
brand new house. All those insurance premiums are actually going to pay off!

Thursday our 5kw gas generator arrived from Miami courtesy of Joe's friend
at our printer. Government had been confiscating many emergency supplies to
be used in public shelters as many people are without homes. They also
prioritized the goods being sent, so it took almost a week to get here. Once
we got it fired up our lives took a drastic turn for the better. It's
amazing what a few kilowatts can do to improve your quality of life! We are
able to run both of our refrigerators, 3 fans, the computer, the TV and
surround sound system, and a couple lights, so life is good! Our phone line
was connected today and water was connected yesterday, so we are making one
small step at a time. Our immediate plan is to start work on the house and
hope power will be restored within a few weeks. In the meantime, all we're
really missing is air conditioning which we really can't afford now anyway
since neither one of us is currently employed!

Our business is pretty non-existent temporarily as businesses start the slow
and painstaking process of rebuilding. Everyone's hope is to be up and
running by Christmas as that is the money making time of year for the island
and hopefully we will be doing the same. Meanwhile, we will be doing a lot
of the work on our house ourselves and making a little money off the
insurance company. That is, if they ever get out and take a look at how much
money we saved them!

Many thanks for your well wishes. We've heard you were all thinking of us
and appreciate your concern. This has been quite the experience and
something that we would certainly tell our grandkids if we had any! It is
also something that neither of us have any desire to experience again!


Joe and Peg

Activart, Ltd.

Joe Stebbins
Cayman Activity Guide
Cayman Activity Guide Online
Tel: 345-947-1845

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- Housing Database
  • From: Gert van Dijken <gert AT vandijken.com>
  • Date: Mon, 4 Oct 2004 17:21:37 -0400 (EDT)

Website: http://www.caymanfamilies.com (registration required)

From:  "bubbacayman"
Date:  Sun Oct 3, 2004  10:01 pm






- Update from George Town
  • From: "Joyce Cantlay" <joymar AT candw.ky>
  • Date: Sun, 3 Oct 2004 19:04:00 -0500

Just to clarify a recent update, as I know many people who left the island and overseas friends are still checking this site for info, the downtown area of George Town has power but many areas of the rest of George Town still do not. We do expect this will change within the next week or so. I live in George Town and I am one of the lucky ones who has a generator that we run a couple of hours each evening. Unfortunately in the area I live there are many homes that had 4ft or more of water so when power is restored they will still not be able to enjoy electricity until their places have the proper wiring done etc. The only thing we really miss is the a/c and the units may not work anyway as many were under seawater etc. On the other hand, we are not under the running water restrictions so we find great pleasure in cold showers!

The biggest problem most people have is housing. No one I know of is in the same position as they were before the storm. Either their place is destroyed, or their place is livable but have taken in homeless friends, like me. It will be many months before our housing situation is back to normal. We are cautiously optimistic that by the end of December many people will be back in their homes with working appliances etc. Right now the challenge has been buying cars as the estimate is that 8,000 were destroyed. Then comes housing materials, furnishings etc. It is quite a daunting task to rebuild so much in such a short time. Many people are working tirelessly trying to make it happen. We are all aware that there is still 2 months left of the 2004 hurricane season so we are trying to get roofs redone etc. just in case!


PS So as not to confuse our Caribbean friends, George Town, Cayman Islands is two words, unlike Georgetown, Guyana.

- Progress Update
  • From: "Bob Love" <blove AT candw.ky>
  • Date: Thu, 30 Sep 2004 11:06:37 -0600



Just wanted to update you on http://www.hurricaneivan.ky since you have been such a HUGE help in getting the word out.  Today at 4pm will mark one week since I launched the project and we have officially hit the $2000 mark!  Thanks for the support.


Water has been partially restored to most parts of the island.  In some areas water is only on for a few hours in the morning and a few in the evening so that the water company can carefully check lines and ensure that no systems were damaged.  We ‘borrowed’ electrical linesman from Canada and South America and they have been moving at an astronomical rate to restore power island wide.  So far Georgetown is fully restored and parts are restored in West Bay, Seven Mile Beach, and some of the Industrial Park area.  They are hoping to have power restored to the Crewe Road area after this weekend.  The Crewe Road area is essential because it is a link onward to South Sound and eventually getting out to the East End district.


We are excited to wake every morning and see the progress of the day that has past.  It is being said that we will start welcoming our beloved tourists as early as the beginning week of November!  We can’t wait!




Bob Love

Sunny Grand Cayman

- Time Goes By
  • From: Gert van Dijken <gert AT vandijken.com>
  • Date: Sun, 26 Sep 2004 12:54:28 -0400 (EDT)
Date: Sun, 26 Sep 2004 10:47:42 -0600
From: Bob Love <blove_AT_candw.ky>


I took a cleaning break yesterday and went over to Governor's Beach on
our world famous Seven Mile Beach and was amazed at what I saw.  The
beach was nearly all cleaned up!  It's still all there and looks vibrant
and as healthy as I have ever seen.  Our clear turquoise waters have
returned and were calm and refreshing.  I can't wait to see what this
place looks like in a just a couple more months!

On another note.My t-shirt campaign at http://www.hurricaneivan.ky
<http://www.hurricaneivan.ky/>  has raised $1000 in the first three days
after launch!  Thanks for everyone's support!


Bob Love
Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

  • From: "MB" <mbar-cyb AT candw.ky>
  • Date: Sun, 26 Sep 2004 11:31:16 -0500
Author: mike barcroft (---.ADSL.CandW.ky)
Date:   09-26-04 12:28


I have just got back from a week in GCM (Recovery Work for Fosters) and will return on Mon for another week or 10 days - I am among the very very fortunate - I live on Cayman Brac and can skip over for an R&R period, as many from Grand Cayman are doing.

Yes - there is damage ranging from catastrophic to moderate depending upon what part of the Island you go to - I drove around on Friday - actually got lost on my way to Rum Point to do a specific job - go figure - for me the usual land marks are gone. Luckily had about 30 bottles of frozen water in the car and 2 cartons of cigarettes so was able to stop and talk and offer some little respite to some of the many people (all people working to recover Cayman - all colours and all nationalities) working especially out at East End - above all else was such a display of resilience and determination that I then resolved to take no more pictures of damage - only of work and smiles - yes there are many of those around thankfully.

I cannot talk of any other organisation with any authority at all - but I can say within the Foster Group of Companies the morale and total dedication to a full recovery to better than before makes me immensely proud and privileged to be alongside these men and women - regardless of their normal status within the Companies, everyone is pitching in on the manual as well as the mental work.

Yes, there are setbacks, major problems and more difficult times ahead but the spirit displayed by ordinary people is something that cannot ever be quelled. As the curfew is gradually lifted (think it is still 10PM to 5 AM) some Bars and restaurants are opening up even in a "basic" format - people are able to get out and try to relax a little. I saw no examples of drunk, irresponsible behavior - I am sure there probably is some - but then there always will be from some people - all I saw was outstanding comradely.

Whilst I did come back somewhat tired, bruised and aching and not necessarily smelling my best, I also came back with an immensely positive feeling of "can-do" - a feeling that echoes back to my military days - belonging, kinship, pride and a "nothing can defeat us ever" cockiness.

Progress is going to be an ever growing series of baby steps and stumbles and falls here and there - but guess what - all the bay steps will start to weave together into little strides and bigger strides and then we are going to be up and walking and then running once again.

To All - continue the gruelling hard work and keep the spirits up - my mind is with you right now and my body will be back on Monday.


Mike Barcroft

- Cayman open for Business...
  • From: Gert van Dijken <gert AT vandijken.com>
  • Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2004 16:15:08 -0400 (EDT)
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2004 13:01:48 -0500
From: Tom McCallum <tmccallum_AT_thereef.com.ky>

Cayman will be "open for business" January 1st, 2005..... the best thing
anyone who cares about Cayman can do is to plan a visit to Cayman for early
2005.... and bring your friends and family...... you will be GUARANTEED the
warmest and friendliest welcome and hospitality you have every received in
your entire life...... we will be so happy to see you all.

Numerous hotels and resorts will be open for business before year end, some
in time for Thanksgiving.... I will arrange for updates on individual
properties to be sent to you weekly from now on, with the first detailed
update expected by Wednesday next week.

- Video on my site removed
  • From: "TerraFutan" <terrafutan AT candw.ky>
  • Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2004 13:14:02 -0500
Well it only took 1 day to exceed my 50GB bandwith limit from the hundreds of people downloading the video so I will have to unfortunately remove it until my limit resets at the end of the month.
If theres anybody out there that would like to host it instead and has unlimited bandwith please let me know.
Thanks all for the continued support and emails.

- Pictures
  • From: Gert van Dijken <gert AT vandijken.com>
  • Date: Sat, 25 Sep 2004 02:39:34 -0400 (EDT)

Date: Fri, 24 Sep 2004 12:28:21 -0500
From: Arthur McTaggart


I've been trying to get some pictures of Cayman Rebuilding, and have now
posted them up on my website. http://gallery.shorelinx.ky I have a number
of albums that I have posted with a timeline from during, after, and now.
Might be useful for folks to have a look.


Take care,

- More photos and a video
  • From: terrafutan AT CandW.ky
  • Date: Fri, 24 Sep 2004 09:07:33 -0500
Hi all

I have been back at work for the week now and we finally have power and our
ADSL line up. Adding to the already overwhelming amount of photos of Ivan, I
have also put some of mine up. Not all 300 I took mind you, but about 50 of

I also have a 18MB video clip up of either scotia bank roof or the courthouse
roof flying past the window. For those of you that have a look, take note of
the window bulging in and out during the vid.

You can find it all at http://www.terrafutan.net

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- Cayman News
  • From: "Bob Love" <blove AT candw.ky>
  • Date: Thu, 23 Sep 2004 16:42:26 -0600


Ive got a live ADSL line at the office thanks to Cable & Wireless!  We have set a website to help in the relief efforts.  It’s a t-shirt sales site that will be giving proceeds to the islands’ recovery efforts and the non-profits that are taking a huge hit from the disaster.  It also has a pretty healthy picture gallery that has photos added DAILY.  Soon will be adding over 300 more photos.


I just drove down Seven Mile Beach and saw about 30 of the Canadian linesmen pulling new wire up by the Hyatt Regency.  They we’re in a rental line truck from Reliable Industries, a local cleaning and supply rental company.  Progress, progress, progress…

Let’s keep the word out that this is not over and the devastation is something that we live with here on a daily basis.  Everyday we make huge improvements to rebuild our paradise.  Thanks for the efforts and everyone’s blessings throught this period!



Bob Love

Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands

- Tom is back!
  • From: Gert van Dijken <gert AT vandijken.com>
  • Date: Thu, 23 Sep 2004 13:12:20 -0400 (EDT)
Date: Thu, 23 Sep 2004 09:41:29 -0500
From: Tom McCallum <tmccallum_AT_thereef.com.ky>


I'm back online (at last)

As I think I told you, I run The Reef in East End
(http://www.thereef.com.ky ). We took damage, but not as bad as many, so
our resort (along with our partners at Ocean Frontiers) will be back up
and running soon.

Other than immediate donations of goods/cash, the best way that any friend
of Cayman can help is to book a trip for 2005. Spirits are high, people are
more friendly than ever as everyone now values what really counts in
life..... and we look forward to welcoming visitors back with open arms !

Please post this for me along with my email address, I am happy to field


PS I would also like to thank you SO much for your website, as you know you
were THE source of information that kept our friends and families overseas
relatively sane.... while all kinds of rubbish about looting, death etc was
being spat about by the supposedly responsible media, your site had the
truth..... which, as you now know, was that what Cayman saw in the reaction
of our people was everything that is good about this island..... warm,
friendly, upbeat people all helping each other out.

This is (hopefully) a once in a lifetime experience for all of us..... and
what I will take from it most was the unique wonder of Caymanians..... I
marvel at the strength and positive attitude of our people !

Tom McCallum
P.O. Box 30865 SMB, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands
(345) 947-3100 x6494, (345) 947-9920 fax

The Reef Resort
"All Beachfront Luxury Suites"

- Another correspondent surfaced!
  • From: Gert van Dijken <gert AT vandijken.com>
  • Date: Wed, 22 Sep 2004 21:40:22 -0400 (EDT)
Another correspondent surfaced!
----- Message Text -----

Another one of my special hurricane correspondents surfaced!

Date: Wed, 22 Sep 2004 20:33:23 -0500
From: Joyce Cantlay

Just a quickie as we run our generator to charge cell phones. Most of the
island is still without power and water. In our condo there are several
families that have remained and we are pooling together. Oddly enough, many
are Canadian expats and as we explain to people, back home we actually pay
to do this stuff i.e. live without power and water. I fared out quite well
but I am in the 2 percent or so that did. Many friends have lost everything
are homeless - after the storm I had 11 plus people in my home but am down
to two at the moment. Still do not have full access to the essentials but
every day it gets a little better. Fuel is easier to come by and food is now
back on sale. Have not been able to buy drinking water but I hear a ship may
have come in today. Nevertheless we are grateful for what we have and are so
much better than many. Hundreds, if not thousands, spent many hours during
the storm in waist deep contaminated water or higher. Where I live is inland
and we have found tropical fish in the complex pool. That means for sure a
tidal wave washed over this area. We did not realize that until a day or so
Anyhow, just wanted to touch base and let you know that whilst we are tired,
hot, dirty etc. we do have a few laughs and are going to start a Survivor -
The REAL DEAL!!! We have a few tiki lanterns in the yard that did not blow
away and are well in commune living here!
Oh, and if you are a Mamas and Papas fan we have created our own version and
are singing "all the leaves are gone, and the sky is grey!"

- Tortuga Miami needs Volunteers
  • From: "Monique Hamaty" <mhamaty AT tortugaimports.com>
  • Date: Wed, 22 Sep 2004 16:50:36 -0400

As many of you know, Tortuga Imports Inc. began relief efforts for the people of the Cayman Islands. Since Hurricane Ivan hit the country over the weekend of Sept. 11th & 12th 2004, many of the people of the Cayman Islands are now homeless and in need of food, water, & basic necessities.  The response from this relief effort has been overwhelming.  I want to thank you all for your donations and continued support.


At this time, Tortuga Imports Inc. is in need of volunteers to assist with sorting, packing & palletizing the relief goods, I am asking you to please contact Leslie Vargas at: 305-378-6668 ext. 213 or by e-mail at hr@tortugaimports.com   

Leslie will incorporate your schedule with ours because we really need your help here.


Thank you again for your continued support & God Bless you!




Monique Hamaty-Simmonds

Tortuga Imports Inc.
D/B/A Tortuga Rum Cake Company
14202 SW 142 Avenue
Miami, Florida 33186  U.S.A.
Phone 305-378-6668  ext.202
Fax 305-378-0990
e-mail: mhamaty@tortugaimports.com  
website:  www.tortugarums.com  


  • From: "Jim Hellemn" <jim AT digitalprints.com>
  • Date: Tue, 21 Sep 2004 13:09:51 -0700
Hello Gert,

We are posting photographs of Grand Cayman from Courtney Platt.  We will continue to post new photos as they arrive :


Courtney is a professional photographer who has lived full time in Grand Cayman for the past 20 years. In addition to his on-going role as assignment photographer for National Geographic magazine, he is a working part of the Grand Cayman community as the owner of Island Images, which covers all types of commercial photography from advertising to weddings. Courtney is currently working non-stop to document the Hurricane Ivan disaster.

Jim Hellemn

Jim Hellemn
Blue Ocean Art
San Diego, CA
jim@ blueoceanart.com

- Relief supplies unloaded today by Princess Cruises
  • From: Gert van Dijken <gert AT vandijken.com>
  • Date: Tue, 21 Sep 2004 12:41:40 -0400 (EDT)
---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Tue, 21 Sep 2004 11:15:26 -0500
From: Mike & Kay <mkdetw_AT_charter.net>
Subject: Relief supplies unloaded today by Princess Cruises

Princess Cruises Unloading $50,000 Relief Supplies Today!


Please read the GREAT STORY below about great effort by Princess Cruises 
delivering 150 tons of supplies today & being unloaded now onto ships' tenders! 
 Ship anchored off Georgetown today (Tuesday)!!

Check out Caribbean Princess webcam -- http://www.princess.com/bridgecams/ then 
click on Caribbean Princess & voila you will see Georgetown!!

I found out about this on http://boards.cruisecritic.com/showthread.php?t=81947

[I copied whole story from "cruisenewsdaily" rather than just posting the link!]

"Shipping & Handling Included"
"Question: What's better than a $50,000 shopping spree? Answer: One that 
includes shipping and handling. Question: What's even better than that? Answer: 
If you're spending it all on needed relief supplies for the victims of 
Hurricane Ivan on Grand Cayman.

Last week, Princess Cruises went out and bought $50,000 of supplies needed by 
the residents of hurricane-devastated Grand Cayman. But in Princess' case, it 
isn't a case of just write out a check and let someone else handle it from 

When it all got delivered to their Ft. Lauderdale warehouse, it included more 
than 17,000 bottles of bottled water, canned food (let's hope they remembered 
can openers), clothing (there is a special need for kids' clothing - some of it 
may even say "Caribbean Princess Inaugural Season" on it), generators (which 
are coveted items and almost impossible to obtain in Florida after three 
hurricanes) and chainsaws.

But that wasn't the end of the plan. It all needed to get to Grand Cayman. And 
the executives at Princess thought, "What's the good of having a 116,000-ton 
cruise ship sailing around the Caribbean, if all you're going carry on it is 

So last Saturday, when Caribbean Princess turned around at Port Everglades, 
they loaded all the supplies on the ship, and off it sailed on its western 
Caribbean itinerary with a full load of passengers along with almost 150 tons 
of cargo bound for Grand Cayman. (Caribbean Princess was scheduled to cruise 
the eastern Caribbean this week, but it was switched to the western Caribbean 
to avoid the possibility of crossing paths with Hurricane Jeanne.)

But that wasn't exactly just as easy as driving the trucks up to Caribbean 
Princess and loading it aboard. They first had to work out the very real 
question of just where were they going to put almost 150 tons of extra supplies 
onboard. To imagine the volume of this shipment, imagine just the bottled water 
alone. First picture a case of bottles. Now imagine 72 cases. That's one 
pallet. There are 20 pallets of water alone. Add in all the rest of the 
supplies and you can see why things got limited to 150 tons. One way or 
another, Princess got everything aboard in addition to everything they normally 
need to make sure their passengers don't want for a thing during their cruise.

Believe it or not, that was the easy part. The next part is even more 

As far as the passengers are concerned, tomorrow (Tuesday) is a sea day. The 
cruise director has scheduled a full day's worth of activities like any other 
day at sea. Caribbean Princess is enroute from Cozumel (where it called today) 
to Jamaica (on Wednesday). So some passengers will be enjoying a lazy day 
around the pool, perhaps watching a video on the giant screen. Others will have 
scheduled spa appointments. Some may be anxious to get to the ship's lounge for 
an afternoon of bingo. Some may even opt for a decadent leisurely lunch in the 
restaurant, followed by a movie in the cabin and a nap. There are a zillion 
options they could be doing. Meanwhile, below decks, something quite different 
will be going on.

About 10:00 tomorrow morning, Caribbean Princess will arrive at Grand Cayman. 
Remember last time you were at Grand Cayman? You tendered ashore, didn't you? 
There's no deepwater port there, so cruise ships can dock, and tomorrow won't 
be any different.

Just after it anchors offshore at George Town, Caribbean Princess will put all 
her tenders in the water just like it used to before Hurricane Ivan came 
through. The only difference is that this time, they will be filled with 
supplies instead of passengers. (Passengers won't be allowed ashore. Grand 
Cayman still isn't ready, even for those curious one who just want to look 

For the next six hours, all of the tenders will shuttle back and forth, 
ferrying the supplies ashore in a constant stream.

Now, do you want to be even more impressed? The crew members will have to load 
every one of those tenders by hand. You can't drive a forklift onto a tender.

It's not like the crew of Caribbean Princess isn't practiced in filling a 
tender with supplies by hand. Every week when the ship calls at Princess Cays, 
all the supplies need to be taken ashore the same way. The difference is that 
everything the passengers will consume during their day on the beach can be 
carried in just two tenders. This operation at Grand Cayman will have all the 
ship's tenders shuttling back and forth nonstop for six hours.

During that time, the complete 150 tons of cargo will be lifted and carried and 
tugged and pushed by hand by Caribbean Princess' crew members.

Donating $50,000 to buy supplies is impressive. Having a ship make a special 
stop to deliver them is even more impressive. Lifting and carrying almost 150 
tons of supplies by hand into tenders is the definition of commitment to the 

Copied from http://www.cruisenewsdaily.com/nf40920.html

Submitted by Kay Detwiler (Cookeville, TN)   mkdetw@hotmail.com (USE THIS 

  • From: "Wall, Leroy" <lwall AT cppib.ca>
  • Date: Tue, 21 Sep 2004 09:00:04 -0400

Well since I have had many many emails asking me for photos from Cayman.  I 
have put together an album of what I think are the best 50 or 60 photos I have 
seen from the hundreds that are floating around out there.  It seems some 
people are just adding every photo to their site and creating hundreds of 
duplicates and many photos that are not very good.

Please share these with your viewers, I think it captures the best of all the 


- Morritts damage
  • From: James Woollard <jflwoollard AT yahoo.co.uk>
  • Date: Sat, 18 Sep 2004 22:50:36 +0100 (BST)
For those interested in the state of Morritts, please check out this website

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- Where to get things...
  • From: Gert van Dijken <gert AT vandijken.com>
  • Date: Mon, 20 Sep 2004 18:37:49 -0400 (EDT)
From: Rohan
Subect: Where to get things...

Water and food can be bought from all three major grocery stores (minus
the Hurley's East End [completely demolished]).  They can also purchase
cooked hot foods from the various restaurants that still continue to use
propane and gas.

Al Thompson and Cox are open (Cox will be shiping supplies for home repair
from there base stores in Tampa FL).  Every week we have ships coming in
with supplies and close to 20 flights per day with supplies.  So there is
no shortage of essential supplies.

By Thursday (no accurate) the major banks will be in some form of
operation.  I am not sure which banks but for now at least one branch from
each major commercial bank is open.  Usually from 9am - 2pm daily (no Sat
& Sun)

- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • From: Gert van Dijken <gert AT vandijken.com>
  • Date: Mon, 20 Sep 2004 17:01:32 -0400 (EDT)

The CDC has a very informative webpage with practical post-Hurricane tips.
Some are useful, other are a little un-Caribbean :-)

Some of the topics are:
- How to Store Food Safely
- How to Make Sure Your Water is Safe
- How to Wash Your Hands without Water
- How to Cope with Stress after a Hurricane

Link: http://www.bt.cdc.gov/disasters/hurricanes/recovery.asp

*** Gert van Dijken ( gert@vandijken.com )
**** Caribbean Hurricane Network - http://stormcarib.com/

- Day 9 - Yay I found a telephone line that works...
  • From: <terrafutan AT terrafutan.net>
  • Date: Mon, 20 Sep 2004 12:08:55

Day 9 - finally found some way of connecting to the internet.

Words will fail to convey the absolute terror and destruction a category 5 hurricane sitting over your head for almost 2 days can bring.

I now know why they call it catestophic. Its an apt description of the devestation wreaked on Grand Cayman by Ivan the Terrible.

I walked home to West Bay on Monday morning from the Grand Pavilion building on 7 mile beach . Buildings, landmarks, powerpoles, sedans, SUVs, pleasure boats, dive boats and shipping containers lay in my way. It was an emotional walk.

I was halfway when it struck me that there was no way my home could survive something this powerful. Ivan had moved the biggest dive boat in Cayman out of the water and deposited it in the Hyatt parking lot ontop of 10 cars. It had snapped reinforced concrete utility poles as if they were matchsticks. It had blown 2nd floor appartments completely off the 1st floor. Shipping containers that require 16 wheeler trucks to transport were lying helter skelter accross the roads.

And the survivors were out looking as shell shocked as I felt. Reaching the old Holiday Inn, I had to negotiate my way accross huge sand dunes that had made their way from the beach over the road. If I could call it a road - most of it was gone.

Well my laptop battry is dying - should get power back at work soon so Ill write more later.

I am working on putting up my 200 photos and videos onto a website for you all to see - but that will be a few days still.

Thanks to everyone for all the emails - since I have over 300 (damn spam) in my inbox - it might be awhile before I can get a reply to all of you.


- News from Savannah & Concorde Building Area by Airport.
  • From: Gert van Dijken <gert AT vandijken.com>
  • Date: Mon, 20 Sep 2004 13:12:40 -0400 (EDT)
Date: Mon, 20 Sep 2004 07:08:50 +0100
From: Crawford Samuel

Hi Gert,

Spoke to my Father Milne Samuel, who lives out at Clearwater Avenue in
Savannah meadows last night. Also spoke to my mum who was staying out at
Pease Bay when Ivan hit. Here are a few things my father told me of what he
has seen and state of the area they are in.

He mentioned all is well in a sense, the house in Pease bay looks like a
doll's house in that the seaside wall of the house is totally missing. Mum
was in the house and the water started flooding in. Within minutes they
found themselves waist deep in water. Thankfully they left one window
un-boarded and managed to smash this and get out of the house before it was
destroyed. Mum, 2 friends and 5 dogs then spent the next 20 hours in the car
until the hurricane passed. Needles to say she is a bit shaken but getting
over it now. Dad mentioned that the house at Savannah is pretty much
unaffected. He said the offices at the Concorde building were flooded and
they are now carrying out cleanup sessions. He also mentioned Anna Morgan's
Pink House was devastated with a vast majority of it having collapsed. Mum
managed to rescue the cats and now they have quite a large animal sanctuary
at the house. He said he was able to queue at the bank on Tuesday and get
$500 out with no major problems. He managed to get fuel for the car today
paying with cash only. He charged his phone in the car as this was the only
way to do it as no power elsewhere. They got a free copy of the Cayman news
and Saturday which was good as they had no news just rumours of things on
the island. He reports that the Navy are still there and patrolling with the
police and special constables. He reports that thankfully they are carrying
on spraying for the mosquitoes, as that would really make life unbearable if
they did not. He said the heat is stifling and it is amazing how they have
taken air-conditioning for granted in the past. He mentioned that 3 shops
had been looted but the police were well and truly on top of the situation.
Also mentioned was the escaped prisoner, who he informs me has escaped may
times in the past and keeps getting his sentence extended, there are no
major concerns there. All in all everyone is in as good spirits, he said it
was an extremely frightening experience but things will get back to normal.

Thanks for your great sight; it has greatly helped everyone with what little
information has come out of Cayman. It is greatly appreciated.

Crawford L. Samuel

JPEG image

- Update
  • From: "myislandlife04 AT yahoo.com" <myislandlife04 AT yahoo.com>
  • Date: Mon, 20 Sep 2004 05:47:29 -0700 (PDT)
Hi All....
To all of you who have sent your prayers, kinds thoughts, and words of encouragement ..... Thank you.  I have lived in Grand Cayman for 18 years, it is our home, and I was there for Gilbert. This storm "Ivan" was like nothing we of the islands have ever seen. My family and I have lost our home  & belongs..a hard reality to face but God did huddle with us. Whoever opened the gates of hell and snuck this guy Ivan out should be ashamed of themselves! I am thankful we after 2 days of waiting in line did get a flight off the island, understand, things are worst than devastating on our island in paradise. Many people do not have water, food etc. and it is difficut if you lost your vehicle to get to available sources.  Things are getting better day by day, we are in the States now and my husband is still on the island trying to salvage anything. Please know that the people of Cayman Airways, ATA, Cable & Wireless and many others are doing everything they can to get people out, to get things back online etc. They should be commended for their valant efforts to help....some of the employess are so tired but are keeping their chins up and giving people hope. Thank you to all of them who help, myself and my four children.....we have a much great appreciation for many luxuries we have as Americans, and ice cube we would have paid any price for, a cold soda, but we made it as did many others. Our island in paradise will be up and running again, for all to enjoy....dont write us off.....we'll be back!
Thanks again to all......
Lisa B.
Grand Cayman

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- From special hurricane correspondent Donna!
  • From: Gert van Dijken <gert AT vandijken.com>
  • Date: Mon, 20 Sep 2004 00:06:06 -0400 (EDT)

Date: Sun, 19 Sep 2004 21:55:53 -0500
From: Donna

It is Sunday evening, I am on my laptop running out of power. We do not have
landlines only cell phones. I some how have hit with my card in the computer.
All seems to be going okay here. Will take a long time to get power to homes.
I heard GeorgeTown has some power and water. Monday some businesses/offices
will open. As reported I see, the damage is major. But everyone is help each
other with water, food and help with accomodations. Cayman will survive and in
the process of getting back to order. Food and supplies are arriving everyday.
No one is going hungry. We are a tired of camping out! Everyone is cleaning up
their yards and drying out their clothes. Has been bright and sunny except
last nite we had some rain. I see alot of blue plastic on roof tops. I would
say 95% of building are standing - but without roofs or windows out. I am
going to make this short as battery low. I will recharge and write more later.
Do not send me e-mails as I can not respond to them just yet. Believe me
EVERYONE is fine. I will write more tomorrow.
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- News from Cayman as of 9/19 (fwd)
  • From: Gert van Dijken <gert AT vandijken.com>
  • Date: Sun, 19 Sep 2004 23:57:14 -0400 (EDT)
---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Sun, 19 Sep 2004 21:44:59 -0500
From: Sudeb <sudeb_AT_houston.rr.com>
Subject: News from Cayman as of 9/19

My father, Sam Ebanks, Jr. (North Sound Estates) called my brother today.
He was able to buy gas for the first time today.  He was also able to
purchase a "pay as you go" cell phone today.  He took his truck to the
airport to get the generator and screening material a family member
shipped to him on Cayman Airways via Houston yesterday - they told him
there was "nothing there for him".  The said to "check back next
Thursday"!  (hmmmmmmmm)

On his ride around the island he DID notice armed U.S. either military or
police.  So, apparently, the U.S. did send some help.  He also noted
Honduras police and Columbia police.  He heard the British ships are gone
- he heard since the Cayman Islands didn't join the "Euro" alliance (I
don't really know what it is or even if I have the name right) - that they
just left.

The good news is - he got gas and some form of communication.  He
apparently has found someone to come to his home and patch his roof with
plastic tomorrow.  This is good news, as it's been leaking everytime it
rains into his beautiful home.  Their neighbor lent them a generator for
now, since they were just able to get a new one.  He has water - for now.
Since they have gas, they can now cook on the gas grill - rather than
sterno they were using.

It will be a long, hard road, but I think they'll make it.  They are happy
to be at their home because they heard if homes are empty, things are
disappearing.  However, Dad said he has not seen any looting personally.
His wife, Elizabeth Faulkner Ebanks was able to go to the grocery store
today.  They had armed guards outside the store and they only allowed 10
people in the store at one time.  It was a 2 hour wait to enter the store.

I thought this information may be important for some people to hear, so I
wanted to share what we know so far.

God Bless!!  I've only been to Caymans 3 times, but was much impressed by
the warm and friendly people of the islands - and always tell everyone who
asks how wonderful they are.  They will make their island beautiful again,
no doubt.

- Logistics Update
  • From: Gert van Dijken <gert AT vandijken.com>
  • Date: Sun, 19 Sep 2004 23:55:03 -0400 (EDT)
Where to get water, food, other supplies on Grand Cayman:

Date: Sun, 19 Sep 2004 21:37:21 -0500
From: Arthur McTaggart

Water - Flower's Old Block Factory on Shedden Road. Water trucks are
stopping in other places allowing folks to fill up water bottles.

Food - Some Grocery Stores are now open (Fosters [Airport & Republix]),
Hurleys Grand Harbour). Expect lines.

Banks are scheduled to be open tomorrow.

Repair Supplies - A number of hardware stores are now open.

Communications are gradually improving as power is being restored to key

Hope this helps,

- Cayman Islands Chamber of Commerce
  • From: Gert van Dijken <gert AT vandijken.com>
  • Date: Sun, 19 Sep 2004 23:11:02 -0400 (EDT)
From: Cayman Islands Chamber of Commerce

The following link has accurate information about the rebuilding process
for the island.  This site also posts information from the Government
Information Services, the National Hurricane Commitee the Chamber of
Commerce, businees community.

Informaiton posted will only be done so from the approval of the Cayman
Islands National Recovery Commitee.


Thank you,

Rohan Marshall
Department Of Employment Relations
Cayman Islands Government

- Relief efforts continue in Miami Florida
  • From: Gert van Dijken <gert AT vandijken.com>
  • Date: Sun, 19 Sep 2004 22:59:53 -0400 (EDT)

Turtuga Rum Cake Company Relief Effort Update:

Date: Sun, 19 Sep 2004 12:18:43 -0400
From: Monique Hamaty

To give you a brief update on what Tortuga Imports D/B/A Tortuga Rum
Cake Company has done through donated relief goods:

On Wednesday Sept. 15th Cayman Airways picked up 5 pallets of donated
goods (including water, food, & basic necessities) this shipped to
Cayman on Wednesday Sept. 15th.

On Thursday Sept. 16th, 2004 I along with 5 other business owners went
to Cayman on a private plane for business assessment purposes.  I also
took many photographs & posted them on our website www.tortugarums.com

It is a fact that Cayman was hit extremely bad by Hurricane Ivan.  Some
areas were hit harder than others, but for the most part every single
person sustained damage (especially from the flooding).  I was not able
to make it to areas such as West Bay or East End, but heard that
extensive damage occurred in those areas. The one thing I must tell you
is that although the damage is major, the people had an amazingly good
attitude.  I heard comments such as "Well this has happened & we will
overcome this",  "we will build a better Cayman",  "We will work
together to get our lives back to normal", "Cayman will be ready for
tourist by March, 2005",  "This hit us like a ton of brick, but we will
rebuild those bricks."

It was a nice & positive tone to hear!

They are still in need of food, water, & especially building supplies.
I know that communication has gotten better and some business areas have
running water & the major businesses such as gas companies have
electricity.  This is a good sign.

Back to the relief efforts:

Friday Sept. 17th Cayman Airways picked up another 8 pallets full of
food, water, paper towel, baby food, diapers, etc.  This was shipped
Friday & should be distributed between today & tomorrow.

Chaney Brothers (West Palm Beach, FL) donated one 40'foot container load
of canned food & it was shipped by SEABOARD MARINE on Friday Sept. 17th.

Friday night at 10:PM Mr. Bob Porras contacted us regarding a US Defense
Cargo plane landing in Cayman on Saturday Sept. 18 at 8:AM, he arranged
pick-up from our warehouse of 10 pallets totaling 11,485 pound which was
delivered & transported on the plane to Cayman.  This plane arrived &
the goods are being distributed.

Saturday Sept. 18th, 2004 Tortuga Imports was open to collect donations,
truck loads of food arrived as well as a truck load of volunteers from
the Doug Williams Group (Management consulting firm based Miami,
Florida).  These volunteers as well as many other local volunteers
helped to organize & pack the food, water, building materials, etc.
Along with Tortuga Imports staff member who volunteered their time we
now have almost 6 more pallets ready to go.

It is now Sunday, we are continuing to collect relief goods here at our
Miami warehouse: Located at: 14202 SW 142 Ave. Miami, Florida 33186(open
M-F from 9:AM until 6:30PM and Sat. & Sun. from 10:AM u until 2:PM to
facilitate this relief effort) Phone # 305-378-6668.  We presently have
another 6 pallets ready to go & will contact Cayman Airways tomorrow for

The over whelming support from the people of our community as well as
the corporations locally, out of state, & international has been
remarkable. We have had so many volunteers and I would like to take this
opportunity to thank each & everyone who has donated and volunteered.
Bill Horan, I would also like to thank you for the countless hours you &
your staff have dedicated to helping the people of the Cayman Islands.
In addition Ms. Pilar Bush has been the voice for the country during the
time where no communitcation was available & I would like to thank her
personally for all the countless hours she has worked to ensure proper
information was distributed regarding the Cayman Islands.  Ms. Pilar
Bush advised that the countries website is being updated daily as
information comes in from the country: visit www.caymanislands.ky

To everyone out there- The Cayman Islands really needs your help &
everything you have done & continue to do is greatly appreciated.

May God Bless you all.


Monique Simmonds



Marcus Simmonds

Chief Financial Officer

Tortuga Imports Inc.

D/B/A Tortuga Rum Cake Company

14202 SW 142 Avenue

Miami, Florida 33186  U.S.A.

Phone 305-378-6668  ext.202

Fax 305-378-0990

e-mail: mhamaty@tortugaimports.com

website:  www.tortugarums.com <http://www.tortugarums.com/>

- SMS text messaging= less stress on networks and more reliable.
  • From: Al Arnold <cayman-restoration AT alarnold.ca>
  • Date: Sat, 18 Sep 2004 20:55:01 -0700

Cellular phone networks are stressed to beyond maximum in the Cayman islands.

The most efficient way to send messages is via the SMS cellular system.
SMS messaging, also known as text messaging uses the packet radio capabilities 
of the digital cellular network and is 
almost 100% percent reliable. Your message will get through. A recent news 
release from cayman cable and wireless 

Information On Text Messaging and General Communication  
18 September 2004

Cable & Wireless would like to inform the general public that there is a lot of 
traffic passing over its mobile network 
at this point in time. Because of this, it is hard to make and receive calls on 
your mobile phone. Cable & Wireless would 
like to ask the public to communicate via TXT messages rather than making a 
phone call. All TXT messages will be received 
and can be replied to. 


To send a message to a cable and wireless subscriber click here
<a href="http://www.alarnold.ca/cayman.htm"; >Cayman phonebook and send SMS text 
message to cellular phone</a>

*Tip: If you are sending a SMS message from your cellular phone type 111 before 
every message, this instructs the GSM 
networks to send you a confirmation when your message has been received. Some 
carriers attempt to deliver SMS messages 
for upto three weeks, the cellular computer waits until the handset is turned 
on then it sends the message and if you 
enabled the "111" code it will send you a confirm when the handset is turned on.

I am working to enable a live ham radio link that outputs real time audio ham 
radio reports via the internet.
This may take a few days as most of the antennas have been knocked out, check
for updates.

Best Regards,
Al Arnold 

- Solar Oven
  • From: "Candice and David" <discovery AT cablespeed.com>
  • Date: Sat, 18 Sep 2004 16:57:56 -0700
While recovering from Hurricane Ivan I understand it may be quite awhile until power is restored and fuel is available. An alternative may be building a solar oven. Water may also be steralized in this way. The plans for building one can be found at the following web site. http://www.re-energy.ca/t-i_solarheatbuild-2.shtml. My heart goes out to all of you suffering thru this tragedy.

- Red Cross
  • From: Gert van Dijken <gert AT vandijken.com>
  • Date: Sat, 18 Sep 2004 16:55:56 -0400 (EDT)

17 Sep 2004 16:36:00 GMT

Source: NGO latest

British Red Cross Society - UK
Website: http://www.redcross.org.uk/caribbeanappeal
For further information: Contact Will Slater/Clare Finnigan 020 7201


As Hurricane Ivan moves across the United States the Red Cross is urging
people not to forget the devastation caused across the Caribbean, leaving
tens of thousands of people homeless and thousands of buildings destroyed.

Philippe Puyo-Tschanz, Americas desk officer at the British Red Cross
said: "Despite the image of the Caribbean as an exclusive holiday
destination, many of the people who live there are actually very poor and
this hurricane has destroyed their homes and their livelihoods.

"While there is no doubt that America has been badly hit, they have the
infrastructure and resources to cope better and recover more quickly.
However, people in the Caribbean will still be dealing with the
consequences of this disaster for years to come. The Red Cross is running
a massive emergency operation to assist 85,000 people over the next six
months and we need the public's support to help us provide this aid."

With thousands of homes completely destroyed, and water and electricity
supplies disrupted, the Red Cross has been at the centre of aid efforts to
help communities recover from the emergency.


A British Red Cross logistics team has been based in Grenada since the
hurricane hit the island. The three person team have been receiving relief
supplies that have been sent to Grenada since the 12 September. The Red
Cross has already distributed 2,000 tarpaulins to help people carry out
repairs to their homes, and 2,080 hygiene kits have been distributed to
ensure the health needs of people whilst repairs are carried out to the
damaged water supply. It is estimated that 60,000 of the islands 90,000
inhabitants have been made homeless.

In some parts of the island there is a scarcity of food and the Grenada
Red Cross have been carrying distributions of food to 300 households a day
since 13 September. Each household receives rice, red beans, oil and sugar
to cover their needs until a large-scale food distribution to 10,000
people can be carried out this weekend.

The logistics team in Grenada is led by Richard North, he said: "When we
first arrived people were in shock and really traumatised. However, there
are many more people out and about, trying to repair roofs or clear the
streets of debris."

He added: "The main problem is the availability of drinking water, people
in some places have taken to drinking from the rivers. However the water
companies say that they will be able to restore most of the water supply
by Sunday."


The Jamaican Red Cross (JRC) is supporting a total of 15,000 people who
have lost their homes and possessions. The JRC is responsible for managing
100 community shelters that have been opened in the south west of the
island and have been distributing blankets, food and hygiene kits to
people taking refuge there. They have also deployed psychological support
teams to provide assistance and counselling to people living in the

The British Red Cross sent a logistics expert to the island on the 14
September to help receive incoming aid flights and locate warehouses for
relief supplies.

Cayman Islands

A Red Cross plane of relief items will arrive in the Cayman Islands today.
The plane will be carrying 2,300 blankets, 900 hygiene kits, plastic
sheeting and kitchen sets to meet the immediate needs of people living in
shelters or whose homes have been partially destroyed.

The Cayman Red Cross have already distributed relief supplies that were
pre-positioned on the island as part of their disaster preparedness plans.
Stocks of blankets, plastic sheeting and wheelbarrows to assist in the
clear up were distributed in the immediate aftermath of the hurricane. A
British Red Cross delegate has also been sent to the island to help the
Cayman Red Cross assess what aid supplies will be needed in the coming

The British Red Cross is running an appeal to help people affected by the
hurricane. People can donate to the Caribbean Hurricane Appeal by calling
0870 169 9191 of by writing to Caribbean Hurricane Appeal, British Red
Cross, FREEPOST, London, SW1X 7BR.

*** Gert van Dijken ( gert@vandijken.com )
**** Caribbean Hurricane Network - http://stormcarib.com/

- CaymanNetNews
  • From: Gert van Dijken <gert AT vandijken.com>
  • Date: Sat, 18 Sep 2004 13:04:19 -0400 (EDT)
Cayman Net News publishes first newspaper following the storm
The first edition of Cayman Net News to be published since Hurricane Ivan
struck Grand Cayman arrived on the Island on Friday evening (September 17,
2004). The edition is a special issue, for which there will be no charge,
as our contribution to the recovery effort. The publication results from a
truly heroic effort on the part of our staff, working in the most adverse
conditions, along with our printers and graphics specialists in Miami, who
went to extraordinary lengths to make this possible...

Find it at http://caymannetnews.com

Since I think this is a historic issue for Cayman, and before it
disappears from the CaymanNetNews website, I have saves a copy of the
Newspaper on this website.

*** Gert van Dijken ( gert@vandijken.com )
**** Caribbean Hurricane Network - http://stormcarib.com/

- Grand Cayman / Cayman Brac IT Recovery
  • From: Gert van Dijken <gert AT vandijken.com>
  • Date: Sat, 18 Sep 2004 12:36:07 -0400 (EDT)
Press Release by Brac Informatics Centre

Brac Informatics Centre guides customers through IT Recovery

Cayman Islands (September 16, 2004) . Brac Informatics Centre (BIC)
announced today that their ICTA licensed data and disaster recover center
in Cayman Brac suffered no damage as a result of Hurricane Ivan and
maintained 24/7 operations throughout the storm.

.Our thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by Hurricane Ivan.  Our
company is here to assist in any way we can., commented BIC President,
Nancy Kirkconnell-Ewing.

BIC is now proactively assisting customers on Grand Cayman to successfully
guide and expedite their business continuity and recovery efforts.  .In
addition to supporting our existing clients, we are very concerned about
assisting other businesses in Grand Cayman in need of information
technology assistance to stay operational.  Brac Informatics is operating
with a greater sense of urgency., reported Director of Technology, T.P.
Wong from the BIC facility.  .We are currently accommodating key personnel
from businesses that were affected by the devastation caused by Ivan.  We
were staffed with additional personnel in preparation for the hurricane
season and will have support on the ground in Grand Cayman beginning
Friday, Sept. 17 to assist with recovery efforts., Wong said.

BIC reports that the island of Cayman Brac has fully restored normal
operations.  The infrastructure is completely in tact and public utilities
including telephone and data, power, water, sanitation, and health
services are operating normally. Rooms are available for lodging at local
hotels, condominiums and other rental properties. Grocery stores and
restaurants have ample supplies of food and are open for business.

BIC has initiated a program to help relocate Grand Cayman families and
their business operations to Cayman Brac, allowing for a seamless
transition to comfortable lodging, schools, and data centre ready business

.We know people want to stay relatively close to Grand Cayman so they can
easily keep an eye on the progress of recovery efforts there.  We will try
to assist as many businesses on Grand Cayman as possible.  Please call us
if we can be of help,. said company President Kirkconnell-Ewing.

Those interested in the BIC relief effort may contact them at 345.948.2722
or email at support@bic.ky.

*** Gert van Dijken ( gert@vandijken.com )
**** Caribbean Hurricane Network - http://stormcarib.com/

- Cayman Islands Law School
  • From: Gert van Dijken <gert AT vandijken.com>
  • Date: Fri, 17 Sep 2004 22:36:25 -0400 (EDT)
Cayman Islands Law School


Having spoken with the Hon. Attorney General earlier
today and following conversations with the Dean of the
Liverpool University Law School yesterday, it has been
decided that the new Law School term (for both
undergraduate and postgraduate students) will likely
be delayed until January 2005.  With the support of
the University of Liverpool, term dates will be
re-arranged so that minimum inconvenience is caused to
CILS students, all of whom will remain eligible to
complete their existing year of study in the summer of
2005.  The Attorney General and Law School Director
are grateful for the expressions of support received
from the Liverpool University Law School and its
Vice-Chancellor, Professor Drummond Bone.

The Director is pleased to be able to report that all
full time members of the academic staff have been
accounted for, although a number, like countless other
members of the population have suffered severe
property losses. Further information concerning the
re-arrangements of CILS teaching for the 2004-2005
academic year will be made available following the
Director's imminent return to Grand Cayman. In
meantime, any inquiries may be directed to me at:

With best wishes to all.

Mitchell Davies.

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Messenger - all new features - even more fun!  http://uk.messenger.yahoo.com

- Update
  • From: Gert van Dijken <gert AT vandijken.com>
  • Date: Fri, 17 Sep 2004 22:31:52 -0400 (EDT)

Cayman Islands Update as of 2pm EDT, Friday  9/17

New York,  New York, September 17, 2004-- Below please find the most
up-to-date information  about the Cayman Islands from the US Cayman Islands 
    *   The Cayman Islands Office in New York has started receiving donations
to  the Cayman Islands Hurricane Relief Fund which will be used to buy
necessary  emergency, medical and rebuilding supplies. Those wishing to drop off
supplies  can do so at Cayman Airways Cargo and Tortuga Rum Company in Miami and
Cox  Lumber Company in St. Petersburg Florida. (Full details are again
    *   AT&T restored network service yesterday in George Town, Seven Mile
Beach and Red Bay with data service is up and running
    *   The Monetary Authority will be open on Monday 9/20
    *   Cayman Utility Company (CUC) is restoring power today with the
priority to  Government Buildings including the Emergency Operations Center and
    *   Posted as of today, available property status updates are listed on
_www.caymanislands.ky_ (http://www.caymanislands.ky/www.caymanislands.ky)  and
will be updated daily as  reports come in
Official Comments from the Royal Family and the  Governour

Today the British Royal Family sent warm expressions of support  to the
people of the Cayman Islands.

“I was horrified to hear of the  dreadful devastation which has been
inflicted upon the Cayman Islands by  Hurricane Ivan and wanted you to know how 
I feel for all those who have  been affected by this appalling storm. My
heartfelt sympathy and prayers go out  to all those who have lost their loved 
and whose properties and livelihoods  have been destroyed,” stated His Royal
Highness, The Prince of Wales.

The  Royal Highness, the Earl and Countess of Wessex, Edward and Sophie,
asked the  Governor to, “Please convey to the Government and people of the 
Islands  our concern at the devastation caused by Hurricane Ivan. Our prayers
are with  you all, and especially for those who have suffered bereavement or

Late last night, Governour HE Bruce Dinwiddy said: “We are  delighted by the
extent of recovery. Its incredible and exciting what momentum  has been
established in four days. The representatives of the UK DFID and I met  last 
where I was told that the speed of recovery activity was quite unlike  any they
have seen before in similar situations,” he continued. “There has been
colossal goodwill from around the world with offers of international assistance
streaming in and with so much local determination and expertise we will surely
make it.”

Security and Airlift
    *   The FCO is arranging a total of 25 police officers to come to Cayman
from  Turks & Caicos, British Virgin Islands and other territories. The UK is
sending none at this time.
    *   Additionally, a contingent from the Bermuda Regiment will be arriving
 shortly. The Bermuda Regiment played a key role in post-hurricane Fabian
recovery last year.
    *   More than 50 Caymanian constables are paired with local officers
    *   Owen Roberts International Airport is still operating on limited
service  of 12-14 flights
    *   US Department of State is issuing visa/waivers for children. Other
consulates assisting with departures for their nationals
Disaster  Recovery Efforts

Comprehensive relief and recovery efforts are underway  and the Cayman
Islands thanks everyone who has contributed towards assisting the  Cayman 
Islands in
this time of emergency
    *   The Cayman Islands Government is working aggressively to centralize
coordination of aircraft and freight shipments from the United States and
    *   To date four drop-off points have been established in Florida and
Houston  with nine additional locations in various firehouses in New York. More
details  to follow.
    *   More than 50 Caymanian constables are paired with local officers
    *   Plans are also in progress to establish relief service from Canada
    *   Information and questions regarding shipment of supplies can be sent
to _ivaninfo@caymanislands.ky_ (mailto:ivaninfo@caymanislands.ky)  with
FREIGHT as the email  subject.
As soon as more information becomes available, the DOT New  York office will
be disseminating this. Please DO NOT overload the already  stretched resources
of the Government and emergency personnel by trying to call  the Islands
directly for an update.

Media - we ask you to please stand  by we are doing our best to get you the
most accurate and up to date  information. You will have it as soon as we  do.

  • From: Gert van Dijken <gert AT vandijken.com>
  • Date: Fri, 17 Sep 2004 13:17:01 -0400 (EDT)
From the Pleas for Help Board:

   Author: phil baxter (80.41.149.---)
   Date:   09-17-04 09:16
   Info received today and the following confirmed
   CASA CARIBE - Damage to carports and garden area and some windows in
   the office. Structure appears to be in fairly good shape. Lost 1 of
   the Casuarina Pines. Repairs are expected to commence promptly.
   CAYMAN CLUB - Little to no roof left, but structure intact. Most of
   damage was to the back units. Little to no damage on ground floor
   units on the ocean side.
   CAYMAN REEF RESORT - Part of roof has gone but buildings intact.
   Several units have lost the windows. Beach has gone.
   CAYMAN SANDS - Minor damage to units 5 and 6.
   CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS - Iitial reports indicate that some of the
   windows and doors are missing on ground floor uits on the ocean side
   no.s 7,8,9,10. Some of the penthouse units 29 and 30 suffered damage
   to the roof but no further info. Interior conditions are unknown.
   Ground floor units and office had water go through them. Willie and
   Lise are OK.
   COLONIAL CLUB - A few broken windows and some sand and water insome of
   the units. Landscaping is badly damaged, but overall things appear OK.
   COCO PLUM - Intact.
   CORALSTONE CLUB - Looks mostly intact.
   DISCOVERY POINT CLUB - Buildings are intact with no major damage.
   Phase 1 building has some roof damage. The ground floor units have
   some water and there are some broken windows. The beach is a mess and
   lts of sand in the pool.
   LACOVIA - First floor units had 2' of water at the height of the
   storm. Water came from the Hyatt side. Some roof damage. Door on
   office and unit 1 had blown off. All openings have had plyboard put on
   and there is securty on site.
   THE PALMS - Appears to be in good shape.
   AQUA BAY CLUB - The beach side of the property looks good, and no
   broken windows appart from on the side of unit 1. Roof looks good.
   Minor water damage to ground floor units. All palm trees are down and
   the beach has been battered and a lot of sand in the pool. The office
   building is intact. Overall looks good.
   PLANTANA - There is broken glass in units 19,20,21 and 44. and some
   units have wet floors approx 1". Landscaping has gone and some minor
   roof damage.
   SILVER SANDS - Structure OK, windows are intact but sand everywhere.
   SOVEREIGN - Damaged. No further info on this
   VICTORIA HOUSE - The casuarina trees are standing as is the hut. Some
   roof damage on 212, and roof of on penthouses. All air con units have
   blown off the roof on the centre portion of building along with a lot
   of roof shingles. Ceilings are down in the upstairs units and water in
   them. Water in downstairs units. All trees at front are gone.
   VILLAS OF THE GALLEON - Heavily damaged. No further info.
   WHITE SANDS - Minimal damage, mainly cosmetic and slight water damage.
   In general, Cable and Wireless is making good progress on restoring
   cell services on the island.
   Phil Baxter

*** Gert van Dijken ( gert@vandijken.com )
**** Caribbean Hurricane Network - http://stormcarib.com/

- South African delgates to Cayman and Miami
  • From: "Layla Williams" <laylaw AT lantic.net>
  • Date: Fri, 17 Sep 2004 18:45:02 +0200
Good Day everyone
Please be advised that South African Delegates will be arriving on the island today 17th September between 14.00 and 15.00hrs
They are Mr Groenewald and Tiba.
Abigail from SA Embassy has arrived from Washington in Miami to assist the cayman vitims there especially with passports and lost documents.  Anyone needing help should contact her on 091 202 361 2914.  (This is a Washington no but it is a roving number and will reach her in Miami.  I have just spoken to Mr Naidoo at Foreign affairs and please want to ask everyone to only use Abigail for emergencies such as lost documents, people stranded with no help at Miami.  It is no use clogging up her phone line to ask her where to find people as she has to issue documents.   If you are desperate to get hold of soemone and suspect that they may be at Miami then please call her.
Good luck all of you precious south africans.
Layla Williams
Lindy van Jaarsveldt & Associates
041-5833191 (fax)
Private e-mail: laylaw@lantic.net
Business e-mail: lvjbrokers@lantic.net

- Information Update
  • From: Gert van Dijken <gert AT vandijken.com>
  • Date: Fri, 17 Sep 2004 13:01:01 -0400 (EDT)

From: Mark Paramlall, C.I. Government Volunteer  (UK  Office)

Dear Sir/Madam,
Thank you for your emails expressing concern about your family members  and
The following is the latest information that we have  available:
    *   Security: We acknowledge that this was a concern  immediately after
the hurricane and this remains a priority issue. To this end  police officers
from other Overseas  Territories have been deployed on  island, all special
constables have been requested for duty, and these  additional personnel are
assisting the regular constabulary. Our most recent  reports have verified that
this situation is much improved.
    *   Emergency relief supplies: These are being sent  in both by air and
ocean on scheduled and chartered carriers. These supplies  include food,
environmental and medical supplies as well as generators.
    *   Water: Trucks distributing water have been sent  out across the
island and piped water has been restored in some areas of  George Town with 
being  expanded in a stepwise fashion. More trucks to assist in this effort
have been  requested.
    *   Food: There are at least two supermarkets open  and food is also
being distributed from canteens in the different hurricane  shelters.
    *   Communications: The accessibility of service  varies with many
factors, including circuit availability. However, generally,  many people report
being able to get through on cellular phones and some  landline numbers also
appear to be functional. Many cellular phones may be  inaccessible as their
battery source may be drained and this will be resolved  as electrical power is
    *   Electricity: Generators have been shipped in to  expedite the
resumption of service, which has already occurred in some areas  of George Town.
However, this is a  tedious process, but, it is proceeding in a step-wise 

    *   Banks: Some are open for retail business and  ATM’s (Cash Points) are
open during daylight hours.
Updates can be found on the internet at _www.caymanislands.ky_
(http://www.caymanislands.ky/) . Reports on some other websites should be 
treated  as
suspect as they have been found to contain unreliable information.
We share your concern for your loved ones and assure you that the  situation
on Grand Cayman is rapidly  improving.

Yours sincerely,
Mark Paramlall
C.I. Government Volunteer  (UK  Office)

- Statement from South African Airways
  • From: Gert van Dijken <gert AT vandijken.com>
  • Date: Fri, 17 Sep 2004 12:51:50 -0400 (EDT)
---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Fri, 17 Sep 2004 16:14:15 +0200
From: Layla Williams <laylaw@lantic.net>
Subject: Statement from South African Airways


- Official statement from South African Government
  • From: Gert van Dijken <gert AT vandijken.com>
  • Date: Fri, 17 Sep 2004 12:38:58 -0400 (EDT)
----Original Message-----
From: naidood
Sent: 9/17/04 3:29 PM
Subject: Message for South Africans
 Notice for all South Africans


MEDIA STATEMENT: South African Consular Officials sent to Cayman Islands

The Director-General of Foreign Affairs, Dr Ayanda Ntsaluba, today
Thursday, 16 September 2004, following consultations with the Minister
of Foreign Affairs, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, has decided to dispatch
two senior Foreign Affairs consular officials to the Cayman Islands to
provide support to South African citizens following the devastation by
Hurricane Ivan.

The consular officials, who are expected to reach the Cayman Islands on
Friday, 17 September 2004, have been dispatched from our diplomatic
missions in Washington and New York.   South Africa does not have a
diplomatic mission in the Cayman Islands.

Further consular support will be rendered to those South Africans who
have managed to leave the Cayman Islands and are currently in Miami,

South Africa remains committed to assisting its citizens wherever they
may find themselves in distress around the world.

Issued by:  Ronnie Mamoepa on 082 990 4853

Department of Foreign Affairs
Private Bag X152
16 September 2004

Kindly note that a meeting has been scheduled, courtesy of Lee Fagan 345
3270164 with South Africans for 17h00, local time Friday 17 September
2004.  Mr Groenewald and Mr Tiba South African diplomats are expected to
arrive this afternoon, 17 September, provided that they can board a
flight from Miami.

A number of South Africans, including Marinda Walters or Abri Venter 547
2506, Gavin Allchurch, and Ryan Carol have kindly agreed to assist
coordinate meetings/assistance on the Island on behalf of the Department
of Foreign Affairs.

The Department of Foreign Affairs remains in contact with families who
have relatives on the Island.  In this regard, families that have
enquiries can call the Consular Section of the Department as follows:

Ms Karien van der Vyver :       Telephone (012) 351 1294
                                Fax           (012) 351 1916

Dayanand Naidoo
Director:Consular and Agency Services
Department of Foreign Affairs
South Africa

- prospect primary stands strong
  • From: "kathleen noailles" <kathleen_noailles AT hotmail.com>
  • Date: Fri, 17 Sep 2004 14:48:36 +0000

I do not have much time to write. Things are crazy here at the hospital where I work.

The island was hit hard...much harder than I'm sure the news has reported as of yet.

My family and I pulled though due to the newest shelter on the island, but our home did not fare so well. Flood and sewage reached four and half feet in the house and from the outside we can see from the damage that it was well up to the second floor.

Please post your questions on the site as my mailbox is filling fast ... this weekend I should have time to look on the site... possibly post pics...

First things first... go remove what can be salvaged on our second floor that the looters did not take.

We take this opportunity to rebuild paradise.. one step at a time.


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- all round message
  • From: "Terry Reid" <treid AT reidstudioslimited.com>
  • Date: Thu, 16 Sep 2004 21:54:12 -0400
Unfortunately I might upset some poeple when i go through the visuals in my 
head about what I saw, but it might help some people.  
The places that I saw are disasters however the people that came out of them 
are alive and well.
I left island yesterday , my boyfriend is stll there fighting for a seat of a 
plane out to miami.  The saddest thing is we don't know about these free 
emergenct flights departing, only when its too late do we hear it though the 
grapevine.  I'm trying to get a hold of my boyfriend to tell the SA's they have 
a flight on Mon.  We have no means of comunication.  Anyways,  SEAVIEW HOTEL 

- TravelWeekly update
  • From: Gert van Dijken <gert AT vandijken.com>
  • Date: Thu, 16 Sep 2004 21:31:41 -0400 (EDT)
Source: Travel Weekly's Caribbean E-Letter - http://travelweekly.com

Sept. 16, 2004

HURRICANE IVAN ripped through the Caribbean last weekend and is scheduled
to make landfall somewhere along the Gulf Coast today. Tropical storm
Jeanne, nearing hurricane strength, eyed the northeastern Caribbean on
Wednesday. Meanwhile, relief efforts are underway for the Cayman Islands,
Grenada and Jamaica; information is posted on each destination's Web
site: www.caymanislands.ky; www.grenadagrenadines.com; and
www.visitjamaica.com. In addition, the Caribbean Tourism Organization
[www.onecaribbean.org] and the Caribbean Hotel Association
[www.caribbeanhotels.org] have spearheaded relief efforts. Caribbean Star
Airlines launched an initiative with a number of musicians who recorded a
song dedicated to Grenada; proceeds from the sales of the CD and $2 from
each Caribbean Star ticket sold in the next two months will be earmarked
for Grenada relief. Cayman Airways is operating emergency relief flights
on a limited basis into Grand Cayman; Air Jamaica flew 30,000 pounds of
supplies into Kingston, Jamaica, on a special relief flight Sept. 13. The
airport there, as well as in Montego Bay, Jamaica, is open for business.
HERE'S A PARTIAL RECAP throughout the region:
i The Cayman Islands. More than half of the 15,000 homes on Grand Cayman
are uninhabitable due to flooding and roof destruction; the Department of
Tourism offices, as well as most public buildings in George Town, were
severely damaged; there is no word yet on the status of the cruise port;
and many resorts suffered substantial damage and flooding, although the
Hyatt Regency on Seven Mile Beach housed 82 guests after the storm (they
were taken to shelters the night of the storm). "We had a lot of flooding
but no structural damage," said Victor Lopez, divisional vice president.
Owen Roberts International Airport is open, but flights are limited. The
Sister Islands of Cayman Brac and Little Cayman fared better; electricity
has been partially restored on Cayman Brac, and islanders are helping in
the relief efforts for Grand Cayman. Relief supplies also can be dropped
at Tortuga Rum Co.'s Miami warehouse at 14202 Southwest 142nd Ave., which
is a staging area for relief agencies and air freight companies. For
information, call (877) 486-7884.

*** Gert van Dijken ( gert@vandijken.com )
**** Caribbean Hurricane Network - http://stormcarib.com/

- Update from Grand Cayman
  • From: Gert van Dijken <gert AT vandijken.com>
  • Date: Thu, 16 Sep 2004 18:33:53 -0400 (EDT)

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Thu, 16 Sep 2004 15:47:11 -0500
From: Arthur McTaggart
To: Gert van Dijken <gert@vandijken.com>

The Police have set up operations out of the C&W building because of the
facilities. They have access to computers, Internet etc. In fact the
restoration of phone lines etc. is moving ahead quite well. We have a
number of ADSL customers online, dialup customers, and dedicated customers.
Restoration of communucation facilities are a priority to the businesses
who need to help to get the country rolling again.

Things are very hectic and confusing, with such a major disaster everyone
is scrambling around to organise things. I think the problem we are having
is that it's been difficult to get organized. With such a disaster you're
dealing with crisis after crisis. Now that people have gotten over the
shock of the disaster, I am seeing more organization, and things flowing a
bit smoother.

There are long lines at the airport with folks trying to get off. The
devastation is definately tremendous.

1) They have sworn in a number of temporary "Special Constables". A Special
Constable is a volunteer police officer with full Police powers. The police
are definately exhausted but seem to be coping pretty well.

2) I still have not had any confirmation of deaths.

3) Santitation is definately an issue, but I think people are working well
through it. I think there are some issues and people may get sick if they
are not careful or are in areas where they cannot get clean.

4) It does appear that those who are unable to help with the restoration
should leave the island to allow those who really need to be here to get
things done.

5) The airport is getting a lot of traffic because of people trying to leave.

I am trying to remain positive; because I see people working so hard to
build our country back as quickly as possible.  On a personal note I am
exhausted, and keep having to take a bit of time here and there to rest.
I'm feeling like I am coming down with a cold, but trying to fight it.


- Help for Philipinos in Cayman
  • From: Gert van Dijken <gert AT vandijken.com>
  • Date: Thu, 16 Sep 2004 18:19:16 -0400 (EDT)
 Date: Thu, 16 Sep 2004 15:28:35 -0400
 From: Julie Hughes <Julie.Hughes@admiraladmin.com>
 Subject: Help for Philipinos in Cayman

 To all who have Phillipino staff and friends:

 We have requested to the Phillipino embassy in the US that they consider
 assisting Phillipino's back to the Phillipines.  This is important for
 several reasons.  Most importantly, their health is in danger the longer
 they remain in the conditions they are in.  Many Phillipinos live in
 accommodations that did not withstand the Cat 5 winds that hit our
 island.  Therefore, they have likely been exposed to the contaminated
 flood waters, and therefore for their safety they need to be removed
 from the situation.  Secondly, these people do not work for large
 financial institutions that can fly in a jet and take them off the
 island, and if they can obtain a free flight which is currently offered,
 they are denied entry due to visa restrictions.  The Phillipine
 Government must step in and help their citizens in this time of need.

 Please call the US Phillipine embassy on 1-202-467-9300, or
 1-202-467-9363, or 1-202-467-9382.

- East End Relief Fund
  • From: Ron Anderson <ronder53 AT yahoo.com>
  • Date: Thu, 16 Sep 2004 09:17:39 -0700 (PDT)

We have formed a not-for-profit corporation and are filing for tax-exempt status so donors may receive a tax deduction for contributions made. The name of the entity is Morritts Grand Cayman East End Hurricane Relief Fund, Inc. Donations may be made as follows:

Check payable to: MGCEE Hurricane Relief Fund, Inc.

Send to: Signature Bank
c/o Carly Ross, Assistant to the President
P.O. Box 571
St. Petersburg, Florida 33731-9809

We have consulted with disaster relief organizations with more than 20 years experience to help guide us with this effort. Establishing proper procedures, accountability, directing this effort for East End people and being able to coordinate our relief effort with the Cayman Islands Government relief effort were areas that we considered. We want to make sure that we are part of an organized, island-wide effort that gets the right kind of help to people; ! we believe we can be of great assistance to our own people and others on East End.

We are now working on an efficient distribution plan for taking donations and purchasing necessary equipment, supplies, food/water and other products, and sending them to East End in an efficient manner. Currently, hundreds of island residents are living in the East End shelters.

We are starting deliveries to the island as early as Thursday, September 16th. Steve Cummins has already had conversation with Government Officials to let them know that we want to provide assistance to East End and that we want to work in harmony with island-wide efforts. We will have the Government East End Representative and others involved, ensuring we provide the proper assistance. A conversation with Steve on Wednesday, September 15th started the list of needs, which we will continue to update and organize through the Global Resort Management office in Clearwater, Florida.

The following peopl! e have graciously provided services for free:

Attorney Michael Rosenberg (Packman, Newell & Rosenberg, Miami) - legal
CPA Jim Sweeney (Cherry, Bekaert & Holland, St. Petersburg) - tax exempt
status filing.
CPA Gary Sweat (Strawn, Marshall, Cunningham, Condon & Sweat, St.
Petersburg) - reviewing receipt and disbursement procedures.
David Feaster, President (Signature Bank, St. Petersburg) - all banking

We are very thankful for this assistance. We look forward to an island-wide recovery.
We appreciate your consideration of the MGCEE Hurricane Relief Fund, Inc. for contributions. We will provide summaries of the use of donations received.

Thank you,

David G. Morritt, Owner and Developer
Robert E. White, Chairman of the Board



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- Cayman Islands Update as of 2:00pm EDT Thursday 9/16
  • From: Gert van Dijken <gert AT vandijken.com>
  • Date: Thu, 16 Sep 2004 17:19:14 -0400 (EDT)
As posted on: http://www.caymanislands.ky

Cayman Islands Update as of 2:00pm EDT Thursday 9/16

New York, New York, September 16, 2004-- Below please find the most
up-to-date information about the Cayman Islands from the US Cayman Islands

It has been reported that one person has died following Hurricane Ivan of
complications which arose during the storm. The man, believed to be a 52
year old Jamaican national, suffered chest injuries in the Bodden Town
Civic Centre Shelter when the hurricane took the roof off the building. He
was immediately transferred to a nearby secure shelter where medical aid
was given, and once the weather eased, he was transferred to George
TownHospital where treatment continued. Despite the best efforts of
medical personnel, unfortunately, he died on Tuesday night.

Leader of Government Business, the Honourable McKeeva Bush, on behalf of
the Government of the Cayman Islands said, "The Government of the Cayman
Islands would like to express our sympathies and condolences to the family
of the man who has died as a consequence of the terrible hurricane that
hit our Islands."

    * The Government has also received a report of one person person,
75-year old fisherman from West Bay who was last reported securing his
boat in heavy winds. No further information is available at this stage.
    * The Cayman Islands Government (CIG) is working closely with the
United Kingdom Government to coordinate and provide emergency support to
the Cayman Islands. The situation in the Cayman Islands remains controlled
    * Retail banks did open with at least one branch of each scheduled to
open for three hour periods. ATM machines will be available during
daylight hours.
    * Limited electricity is up in both Central George Town and the fire
station. CIG is cautiously optimistic that there will be more electricity
over the course of the next day.
    * Exxon Mobile is transporting a commercial generator to Grand Cayman
to the South Sound ESSO facility which will help Cayman Utility Company
(CUC) expedite efforts to restore power
    * Hurley's and Fosters supermarket at the airport are open.
* Royal Cayman Islands Police has increased its presence in certain areas
such as the hospital and the airport.

Travel into Grand Cayman

Owen Roberts International Airport is expected to be fully operational by
Friday remaining in restricted use exclusively for emergency response and
disaster recovery efforts.

Cayman Airways

    * Continues to operate an aggressive, schedule restricted to emergency
relief. The schedule, released yesterday extends to September 26. It is
again attached.
    * Is flying anyone that wants to leave Grand Cayman to Miami or
* Cayman Airways Express continues to provide inter island service to
Cayman Brac and Little Cayman.

Cayman Airways Flight Schedule
September 16th-26th 2004
Flight From To Departure Time Arrival Time
KX2101 MIA GCM 0700 0720
KX2102 GCM MIA 0900 1120
KX2103 MIA GCM 1230 1250
KX2104 GCM MIA 1430 1650
KX2105 MIA GCM 0730 0750
KX2106 GCM MIA 0930 1150
KX2107 MIA GCM 1300 1320
KX2108 GCM MIA 1450 1710

Please call 1-800-G-CAYMAN for more information and please be patient.

Air Jamaica continues to provide support flights and bring supplies on
their inbound journeys.

British Airways has confirmed a flight to Grand Cayman from Heathrow for
Saturday 9/18 for Caymanians and essential workers with permits only and
will transport back anyone who wants to depart to the UK.

Flight plans and landing approvals are being coordinated by:

Richard Smith
Director of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Cayman Islands
(345) 916-6285

Cayman Air Traffic Control Tower
(345) 916-6531

Disaster Recovery Efforts

Comprehensive relief and recovery efforts are underway and the Cayman
Islands thanks everyone who has contributed towards assisting the Cayman

    * The Cayman Islands Office in New York has started receiving
donations to the Cayman Islands Hurricane Relief Fund which will be used
to buy necessary emergency, medical and rebuilding supplies. Those wishing
to drop off supplies can do so at Cayman Airways Cargo and Tortuga Rum
Company in Miami and Cox Lumber Company in St. Petersburg Florida. (Full
details are again attached).
    * Concerned citizens of Cayman Brac have set up a 'Hurricane Relief'
registry on the www.homedepot.com website. For last name enter 'Hurricane
(I couln't find it at first... on the Home Depot Homepage you have to select Online Gift Registry first. Then you will be asked for a last name. Or just follow this direct link -Gert)
    * The Royal Navy Personnel are on island and have been assisting with
shelter management, water distribution, First aid and engineering
    * The Department for International Development (DFID) Humanitarian
Assessment Team from the UK arrived as planned on Grand Cayman. A DFID
funded airlift headed to Grand Cayman is carrying up to 5,000 sheets of
plastic purchased from US AID (US Agency for International Development).
The plastic will be distributed by the Red Cross for use in repairing
accommodations. Other supplies are also on board.
    * The US State Department Hurricane Task Force is working through
British officials in Washington to provide support to the Cayman Islands.
* The Federation of the Red Cross is also planning another relief flight
carrying up to 4500 blankets, 900 hygiene kits, 1000 flashlights, 1
electrical generator, and 25 large tents among other supplies.

Relief Efforts

The Cayman Islands Hurricane Relief Fund
Account #621506296065 with JP Morgan Chase Manhattan Bank.
The funds will be used to buy necessary relief/medical supplies,
rebuilding materials and other items needed by the families left without

Checks can be payable to: The Cayman Islands Hurricane Relief Fund and can
be mailed to:

The Cayman Islands Department of Tourism
3 Park Ave 39th Fl
NY, NY 10016
JPMorgan Chase Bank
60 East 42nd Street
NYC, NY 10165
Swift Code for international use only:CHASUS33

Supply Drop off Points

Cayman Airways Cargo Ltd.
6025 NW 18th St
Building 716 East Suite 2E
Miami International Airport, FL 33152
(305) 526-3190

Tortuga Rum Company LTD
4202 Southwest 142nd Ave
Miami, FL 33186
(305) 378-6668

Cox Cayman Relief
Cox Lumber Company
3300 Fairfield Ave So.
St. Petersburg Fl 33712
(727) 369-2520 Tel
Email: caymanrelief@coxlumber.com

Storage Facility in Houston:

5711 Will Clayton Pkwy
Houston, TX 77032
(corner of Will Clayton and Lee Road)
no telephone

Supplies Needed:

    * Generators
    * Transistor Radios
    * Batteries
    * Battery powered lanterns
    * Canned Food
    * Blankets
    * Water
    * Water filtration systems
    * Tents
    * Cots
    * Plywood
    * Chainsaws
* Plastic cans for fuel

Cayman Airways is operating an aggressive, yet restricted flight schedule
into the Grand Cayman airport. For more information please call (800)

*** Gert van Dijken ( gert@vandijken.com )
**** Caribbean Hurricane Network - http://stormcarib.com/

  • From: Gert van Dijken <gert AT vandijken.com>
  • Date: Thu, 16 Sep 2004 15:00:07 -0400 (EDT)
Found on the Pleas for Help Board:

   Author: Brac Gypsy, Linda..Cayman Brac (---.ADSL.CandW.ky)
   Date:   09-16-04 14:58
   The perception perpetuated by the media is that the entirety of the
   Cayman Islands has been devastated by hurricane Ivan. That is simply
   inaccurate and very irresponsible reporting! The country consists of
   THREE islands. It is the main island of Grand Cayman that was directly
   hit by Ivan and which suffered widespread devastation and is in
   relative chaos. However, approximately 90 miles to the east-northeast
   lies the other two Cayman Islands: Cayman Brac and Little Cayman. The
   island of Cayman Brac has suffered no, I repeat, NO catastrophic
   damage and very little damage in general to speak of. Ivan missed us
   far enough to spare us from catastrophe. I hear that Little Cayman is
   equally unscathed and hope that is true. It is Wednesday evening and
   Ivan has not long passed us and Cuba. Ivan is heading for the Gulf
   Coast of the U.S. and all is quiet now. I am sitting very comfortably
   in my home on the island of Cayman Brac, the second largest and
   easternmost of the three islands as I write this. I, and my fellow
   Brackers, have access to fresh water from our local and fully
   operational Water Authority desal plant; we have power, we have
   telephone service and even my 528K ADSL broadband Internet connection
   is back up, as is my Cable and Wireless cellular telephone service.
   The stores here are all open, the airport is accepting aircraft and
   the cargo dock is ready for supply ships that are soon to arrive. The
   schools are open. The hospital and fire services are all operating as
   normal. The police service reports no incidents, and law, order,
   security and serenity prevail. Ironically, our little island, which is
   about 12 miles long and 1.5 miles across, has become a haven for
   people coming from the havoc of Ivan-torn Grand Cayman.
   My home is approximately 120 feet from the sea and about 13 feet above
   sea level. My family and I comfortably rode out the storm here and had
   a very good night's sleep as 90 mph peak winds howled. We were without
   power in the height of the storm because the utility service shut off
   power to their lines to minimize damage to their transmission system
   in the event of downed lines. However, there were no power poles down
   and no power transmission lines downed that I could see on my
   all-island drive yesterday and power was back on a few hours after the
   worst winds past us. A handful of the "drop lines" - both electrical
   and telephone - from the utility poles to the buildings were pulled
   away from a few buildings, but Cayman Brac Power and Light are
   restoring them even as I write. During the storm we even had telephone
   service. It was not until Grand Cayman got hit that our international
   telephone and Internet service was disrupted, but was quickly
   restored, much to the credit of Cable and Wireless Ltd.
   Virtually 100% of the homes and buildings here are completely intact
   with no damage whatever. The brunt of the hurricane's force was aimed
   at the sparsely populated South side of the island. Some of the houses
   on the South coast which are very near the shoreline or very low to
   the sea had some sea water wash in, but I neither witnessed nor have I
   heard of any structural damage. The worst damage was to a small
   bar/restaurant and adjacent cottages overlooking the sea on the South
   coast. The sea gutted the bar as it was situated DIRECTLY on the edge
   of water. The adjacent cottages were on very low lying land, extremely
   close to the sea, and were of less than robust construction. Even in
   summer wind squalls the sea will break over the low seawall behind the
   bar and occasionally wet bar patrons, so it was not any surprise that
   it was destroyed in Ivan. That is quite unfortunate, as it was a
   favorite "watering hole" for many locals and visitors alike. There are
   also reports that some of the dive boats and private craft that fled
   from Cayman Brac to Crand Cayman as Ivan bore down suffered damage.
   Plans to repair or replace the damaged dive boats are already under
   A couple of the boat docks situated inside the reef on the South side
   of the island of Cayman Brac were either washed away or damaged.
   However, they were of simple wood construction and it was expected
   that they would probably suffer damage just as some of them did in
   other forceful hurricanes in the past. The lumber and debris and
   litter from the docks strewn over the shoreline makes things look grim
   indeed, but the rubbish will be removed and the docks will be rebuilt
   in short order and things will be back to normal on Cayman Brac. I am
   so sorry and so sad that the same cannot be said for our big sister,
   Grand Cayman.
   It was a beautiful day here on the Brac. As the sun sets here I sit
   and reflect on how blessed we were to have missed the ravages of Ivan
   the Terrible. All the Brac people I know consider ourselves fortunate
   to live here and are supremely thankful we escaped Ivan's wrath. We
   here on Cayman Brac count our blessings and keep our fellow islanders
   on Grand Cayman in our thoughts and prayers. They have been through
   Hell and back and have much hardship yet to face. Some people from
   Cayman Brac are flying to Grand Cayman to help in the emergency relief
   effort, and many here are gathering up clothing and other supplies to
   donate to the huge need on Grand Cayman.
   Since our little Island depends so much on tourism it compounds our
   distress over Grand Cayman's plight to read and hear all the headlines
   indicating that the entire country is a wasteland. It is equally
   unfortunate that thus far the only pictures that I have seen posted on
   the net are of areas of extremely localized damaged in and around the
   bar I mentioned earlier. The myth that the entire country is
   devastated could severely and negatively impact Cayman Brac's tourism
   industry, especially for the coming winter season as people are making
   vacation booking decisions now. While not minimizing the horrible
   plight of Grand Cayman, the truth needs to be proclaimed that Cayman
   Brac - thank God - faired Ivan well and is just fine, and is still
   beautiful as ever. Cayman Brac stands ready to welcome those wishing
   to visit here as soon as airline flight services and reservation
   services for local resorts normalize.
   It is reported that a representative from the Department of Tourism in
   Grand Cayman has flown in and is in the process of fleshing plans to
   ensure that the destruction Ivan visited on Grand Cayman will not
   compound itself here on the Sister Islands and negatively impact our
   tourism industry due to association of Grand Caymans damage with the
   Sister Islands. It is thought by some here that the Sister Islands
   will be an alternative destination to those who are planning vacations
   on Grand Cayman and who are now facing cancellation of their plans due
   to Ivan. According to the manager of the Brac Reef resort here on
   Cayman Brac, they are making due preparation and will be quite ready
   for the upcoming tourism high season.
   The Brac Gypsy.
   Linda K.

*** Gert van Dijken ( gert@vandijken.com )
**** Caribbean Hurricane Network - http://stormcarib.com/

- Cayman Island
  • From: "soca4nap" <soca4nap AT pacbell.net>
  • Date: Thu, 16 Sep 2004 09:38:58 -0700
Good morning Gert,
I finally heard from my brother (Amar Sheow) in the Grand Cayman Island
He told me that things are getting back to normal slowly & some concerns are
The military presence there is doing a great job & they were able to shop at
one of the supermarkets and get supplies.
He says that Caymanians should come back so that they assess their
individual damages & salvage whatever they can.
Most of the buildings have some kind of damage & he personally suffered some
leaks from the roof but nothing to complain about as compared to others.
He said that this is an experience for him to witness such a storm for
Finally he said no one was killed.
I must mention that the Weather Channel & CNN never showed any kind of
Pictures of this disaster.

- We need accurate info
  • From: "Martin Paterson" <martinbear AT hotmail.com>
  • Date: Thu, 16 Sep 2004 10:25:55 -0500

Please post where everyone can see this.

To all of you who are concerned about loved ones on Grand Cayman or anyone 
who has a concern for this wonderful country.

Please please please only post accurate, confirmed information!  This 
website is a lifeline, perhaps the only one right now, for thousands of 
people worldwide.  It is not uncommon for emotions to get in the way of real 
facts during a time of crisis but we must resist the urge to overemphasize, 
sensationalize, or speculate on the situation in the Cayman Islands.  As you 
have already seen, the postings here range from total carnage, lawlessness, 
and destruction to incredible stories of hope and community spirit.  It is 
our responsibility to paint an accurate picture of what is going on.

I have lived and worked on Grand Cayman for most of the last eight years and 
was fortunate to be on vacation in Canada when this terrible storm hit.  I 
am going back on Sunday, armed with a generator and any other supplies I can 
carry, to do everything in my power to help the country I love, and now call 
home, get back on it's feet again.

I am pleading with all of you that are using this website to post much 
needed information; "don't let your emotions get in the way of the facts"!!! 
  Only post what you know to be true and do not forward emails that 
speculate unless you have confirmed them.  Right now Cable and Wireless 
seems to have their core internet services up and running so emails will 
start to come from the island itself.  Emotions are high and some of these 
emails may describe the situation inacurately.  Please use this fantastic 
website the way I'm sure Gert wants it used....as a forum for acurate, 
factual information.

Thank You and God bless the Cayman Islands

Martin Paterson

- Update
  • From: Gert van Dijken <gert AT vandijken.com>
  • Date: Thu, 16 Sep 2004 12:19:32 -0400 (EDT)
---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Thu, 16 Sep 2004 11:12:40 -0400
From: Travis Ritch <Travis_Ritch@ucc.on.ca>

To those who may be seeking information, I am pleased to report that the 
offices, staff, associates & partners of Ritch & Conolly, Attorneys-At-Law are 
intact, alive and well.  Conditions do not yet permit for business to resume, 
and as such a date cannot be given as of today.

I have also been informed that electricity could be restored to the George Town 
Commercial District, Airport, and Industrial Park areas as soon as late today.

FirstCaribbean International Bank has also resumed business at it's Edward 
Street branch as of today.

Travis Ritch

- Rebuttal to Mr. Adam's
  • From: "Carolee Hatchell" <carolee92 AT msn.com>
  • Date: Thu, 16 Sep 2004 10:20:33 -0400

I too have to disagree with Mr. Adam's take on the island.  I have spoken to 
Casey Crowley, who is VP Overseas Operations at Consolidated Water several 
times yesterday and asked specifically about the looting I had heard about. 
He lives on West Bay Road and he said he has NOT witnessed any looting.  He 
told me he personally spoke with Mr. Kirk who owns Kirk's jewelry and he 
said they have not had any issues with looters and the stores were fine.

Casey indicated he had heard people were getting upset waiting in line at 
the sole grocery store opened on the island because it was long and they 
were only letting people in a few at a time with an armed guard standing at 
the door.  He said he understands they just started handing out food to keep 
any incident from occurring. He said that should be eliminated because two 
other grocery stores were opening today from what he has been told.

He was sitting on the by-pass and said the main problem was gawkers who took 
their cars out, would run out of gas and just leave them in the middle of 
the road or stranded them at the airport.  He said equipment to clean up the 
roads cannot get by and it is frustrating to them.  The roads are passable, 
but they are covered with sand, dirt and debris and they are working hard to 
get them cleared.

He has been helping hand out fresh water and making sure the water plants 
are okay, so when the electricity comes back on they can begin running at 
full production.  Casey also said they have plenty of supplies, but they 
just don't have a way to get them where they need to go at the moment until 
the electricity is back and the roads have been cleared to send vehicles 
through.  He said it is a bad situation, but not because of civil unrest, 
just because the island has gone through this horrible storm and there is 
lots to do and it will take time and patience.

Carolee Hatchell

- Cayman, Pearson family OK.
  • From: "Russell Pearson" <rp AT pandpservices.net>
  • Date: Thu, 16 Sep 2004 09:15:01 -0500
Title: Cayman, Pearson family OK.

I eventually got a hold of my brother yesterday and they are all fine, some damage to house and apartment along with the new aquarium including the fish, but all ok. No power and will not be any for some time, poles are down everywhere. They are being rationed to about $50.00 groceries and 5 gallons water each day per family. He mentioned that as far as he knows that there were no fatalities. As there is no power, cell use is limited to what battery power they have, Keep it short. I hope this eases the minds of other people.

Thank You for your Business.
Russell Pearson
P & P Services, Inc.
917 West Markham, Suite B
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone # 501-372-4744
Fax # 501-372-4744
Email Address: rp@pandpservices.net

- Cayman calm
  • From: Gert van Dijken <gert AT vandijken.com>
  • Date: Thu, 16 Sep 2004 11:45:28 -0400 (EDT)
---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Thu, 16 Sep 2004 09:06:53 -0400
From: "Thompson, Charles E"
Subject: Cayman calm

News from the airport this morning:

Received a call from a supply plane that has landed this morning around
7:30am Cayman time. The report is that "the conditions are relatively calm."
I'm assuming that as the day goes on, the airport gets more and more
crowded. However there are guards there during the daylight hours to keep
some sort of peace.

  • From: Gert van Dijken <gert AT vandijken.com>
  • Date: Thu, 16 Sep 2004 11:23:25 -0400 (EDT)
---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Sun, 17 Oct 2004 00:10:49 -0400
From: Priya <pree14_AT_hotmail.com>

I JUST CHATTED WITH MY FRIEND AT THE HOUSE FOR  1/2 hour..more relieved after 
seeing the pictures on www.caymanfamilies.com...


LACOVIA suffered very minimal damage
FOSTERS BY AIRPORT suffered major damage
MARINERS COVE...1st floor taken off...rest of condo uplifted to other side of 
road where ppl on the 2nd and 3rd floor then went to get their stuff as it sat 
intact on the other side of the road
ST.MATTHEWS UNIVERSITY RESIDENCE building is really good...barel no damage


IF you require specific info, please email..there was a lot of info she 
prorvided.  Hope this helps some.



  • From: "Carol Busby" <cbusby AT hauntruck.com>
  • Date: Thu, 16 Sep 2004 08:32:58 -0400


- Rebuttal II
  • From: "David Olson \(candw.ky\)" <davido AT candw.ky>
  • Date: Thu, 16 Sep 2004 03:48:15 -0500



I have too clarify: Although there was ALOT of damage on the Island, in general, the people on Grand Cayman feel safe. 


The  6pm-6am curfew was put into place for many reasons, and  one of those is to help the  police stop criminal activities at night.  Plus, not having any light in the streets, it would be pretty silly to stray to far from home after dark. The police are stretched, but are doing a great job under the circumstances.  It is true that a military presence would most certainly help, but as of now, we have not seen an international military aid.


Most people are using candles and flashlights after dusk. We have driven around the island both at night and day and we have never felt threatened.  Personally, I  did see some looting, but that was a liquor store the day after the storm, and even the tourists were helping themselves.  I have heard of other looting stories, but they are really minimal.


Today, The communities in Georgetown look like they have been converted into shanty towns. Across Cayman there are: all the cars parked at strange angles (water moved them and now will not start), clothes lines crossing everywhere, people carrying dirty water in any container they can find so they can flush the toilet, furniture laying in the parking lot to dry, men sucking on a hoses to siphon gas (esso and texaco are not open).....  it really looks 3rd world........  BUT!


BUT!  I am seeing things in Cayman that I have not seen much of before:  Neighbors that lived together for years and have never spoke are now hanging out in the street talking, sharing stories, sharing cigarettes, sharing a beer and helping each other out. The homeless are being adopted by neighbors.


There is real community spirit!


Essentially, the spirit of human kindness is shining though and all the people here should be proud by their actions in the face of this adversity.


One final note: Non essential Expats are being asked to leave the island, so to reduce the resources needed to rebuild the Country.





- What is not being reported
  • From: Gert van Dijken <gert AT vandijken.com>
  • Date: Thu, 16 Sep 2004 01:23:29 -0400 (EDT)
---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Thu, 16 Sep 2004 04:12:41 +0100
From: Name Withheld
Subject: What is not being reported

Just received a call from an existing employee of Fortis. He is fine but he 
for his life as it is getting out of control.  The first floor of the Fortis
building at Grand Pavillion was badly flooded and all files and equipment 
 There are significant casualties not being reported and mass looting beyond
imagination.  People driving around with trucks full of TVs, videos, computers
etc - anything worth keeping.  It is dangerous to walk along west bay road as
people are being stopped and mugged.  People on bikes are being pushed off and
the bike stolen.  A mass group scoured the units along seven mile beach and
raided anything they could get their hands on.  If your unit survived the storm,
it probably did not survive the looting.  It has been reported that the 
have left the island and are not allowing any armed forces enter to control
the islands.  It is all political but obviously politics is being put ahead
of peoples lives and livelyhoods.

Our prayers are with all in Cayman and hope our friedns get off safely.


I was wondering if the above message I received earlier was real true, or just another rumours/exaggeration... Therefore I forwarded it to my very reliable source on Grand Cayman. He replied as follows:

"This report is absolutely incorrect. I've been away from the office
visiting family all over the island for the first time, and I felt quite
safe.. Wheels of progress are being put in motion and Cayman is being put
together again, thanks to the help of many many people, outside support
has been tremendous and for that we are so grateful."
- Gert

- Thanks for the Hurricane Relief!
  • From: "David Olson \(candw.ky\)" <davido AT candw.ky>
  • Date: Thu, 16 Sep 2004 01:03:19 -0500
Thank you so much for the VERY needed supplies!
New Photos added:

- Operation Blessing Hurricane Relief Update
  • From: "Bill Horan" <sales AT michagg.com>
  • Date: Wed, 15 Sep 2004 23:03:59 -0400

Operation Blessing International

Cayman Islands Hurricane Relief Update

Sept 15, 2004


On September 14 we delivered (20) generators and 6300 pounds of MRE meals via Cayman Air Ways


On September 16 we will ship a 40’ container from Miami containing lumber, nails, charcoal grills & charcoal, Pampers, toilet paper, canned Tuna and crackers


On September 19 we will ship (4) 40’ containers from Tampa containing generators, bottled water, pudding, canned vegetables, building supplies and hygiene items


Today we received a commitment from PEPSICO for donation of multiple containers containing Rice-A-Roni, Quaker Granola Bars, Cereal, Cookies, Gatorade and bottled water. Shipment will commence next week. Special Thanks to Roger Enrico, retired PepsiCo CEO!


On September 14 Operation Blessing received a USD$100,000 cash donation designated for Cayman Islands Hurricane Relief from a private individual who requested anonymity; special thanks to Susan Paul and Leigh Rich for tireless support of Operation Blessing relief efforts!


We are asking many other US Corporations for products that will help ease the suffering of the people of the Cayman Islands. Operation Blessing operates a trucking fleet, and will provide free transport to the port. If you can help, please contact Bill Horan in the US or Captain Eugene Ebanks in Grand Cayman.




Bill Horan

Operation Blessing International

757-226-3904 Office

757-647-2020 Cell



- Houston Relief Effort
  • From: Gert van Dijken <gert AT vandijken.com>
  • Date: Wed, 15 Sep 2004 21:04:28 -0400 (EDT)
Please see (and for people in the Houston area act) the following message
from Diana.  An easy way to help out!

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Wed, 15 Sep 2004 19:49:52 -0500
From: "Diana Castillo (Montes de Oca)" <DianaCastillo@satx.rr.com>
Subject: Re: Am trying every avenue to get media coverage!


I will get back to you tomorrow..I am waiting a response from some friends
in Mexico, manufacturers of diapers to see if they could spare ANY cargo of
diapers.  Can we wait until then??? I will also try to get more stuff.

Please, any interested parties contact me ASAP at





----- Original Message -----
From: "Linda Landua" <llandua@nctv.com>
To: <DianaCastillo@satx.rr.com>
Sent: Wednesday, September 15, 2004 4:04 PM

> Diana,
> My name is Linda Landua and I work for Cayman Airways in the Texas area,
> fact I am right up the road from you in Marble Falls.
> If you are trying to get supplies together, we are trying to bring a plane
> into Houston to pick up generators, water, baby food etc.  We are hoping
> that this can be accomplished in the next few days.  If you can get stuff
> the Houston airport let me know asa.
> My response email is a temporary one since our Cayman Airways email server
> is down.  lindalanduakx@excite.com
> I have set this up for storm info purposes.
> Thank you,
> Linda Landua

- SHELTER HELP - Grand Cayman
  • From: Lola Dubinsky <lolacal AT shaw.ca>
  • Date: Wed, 15 Sep 2004 18:02:22 -0600
    My brother, David Macdonald, is in the Cayman Trade Centre building (Designcraft) on Eastern Avenue.  He has been sheltering around 80 + people there since Friday and is trying to figure out how to get them alternate help, as he is out of food and supplies and cannot tell them what to do next.  He's been unable to get any information on other relief areas or where they might find assistance.  He has a wife and baby and is worried about his safety if things get out of hand.  Any suggestions?
On another subject, he has available large inventory of awning materials (amongst others) which he says is good for covering up open areas instead of plywood if  necessary, and will try to help people out with that if he can.

  • From: carpe cards <carpe_cards AT yahoo.com>
  • Date: Wed, 15 Sep 2004 17:42:20 -0700 (PDT)

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- Text Messaging to Cayman
  • From: Gert van Dijken <gert AT vandijken.com>
  • Date: Wed, 15 Sep 2004 19:47:09 -0400 (EDT)

On the Cayman Cable & Wireless website there is a possibility to send a
Text message to C&W Mobile Phones on the island.

So if you can't get through by normal calling, try this option as well.
Not sure how you get an answer back though... but at least you can let
someone know that you are very worried about him/her.


Hopefully by posting this I won't overload the system, so use it only when
you really need to...


*** Gert van Dijken ( gert@vandijken.com )
**** Caribbean Hurricane Network - http://stormcarib.com/

  • From: Gert van Dijken <gert AT vandijken.com>
  • Date: Wed, 15 Sep 2004 18:54:02 -0400 (EDT)
---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Sat, 16 Oct 2004 18:47:18 -0400
From: Priya

TOMORROW TO MIAMI, paying for hotels etc and spedning money. OCEAN CLUB 
BULLDOZERS...OUT! got to talk to BEN AND ERIC...for any of you who may want to 
reach a deloitte employee as some are at a relief SHELTER AT FORTIS' 
BUILDING...suffered only some flooding...structurally 100% INTACT. WILL KEEP U POSTED IF I HERE MORE..THEY ARE ON A STRICT STREET 


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