Lend a helping hand: Cayman Islands
Following is a list of addresses and contacts for information on relief efforts in the Cayman Islands:
E-mail (for non-media inquiries):
Supplies can be dropped off at:
" Cayman Islands Hurricane Relief Efforts
c/o Tortuga Imports
14202 SW 142 Ave.
Phone: (877) 486-7884
" Cayman Airways Cargo
6025 NW 18th St.
Bldg. 716 East Suite 2E
Miami International Airport, Fl. 33152
Phone: (305) 526-3190
" Cox Lumber
5135 Madison Ave.
Tampa, FL 33619
Phone: (813) 248-6731
For monetary donations:
" Cayman Islands Hurricane Relief Fund
JPMorgan Chase Bank
60 E. 42nd St.
New York, NY 10165
Swift Code for international use only: CHASUS33
MIAMI -- While
Hurricane Ivan bore down on the Alabama coast Wednesday night, and
tropical storm Jeanne moved west toward the Dominican Republic,
relief efforts mounted for Grand Cayman and Grenada, battered last
weekend by Ivan.
The governments of
both destinations issued urgent appeals for help, saying that
rebuilding is not possible without outside assistance. (See boxes
at right and below for a list of addresses and
contacts for information on relief efforts on both
Pilar Bush, acting
director of tourism for the Cayman Islands, said, We are resilient,
but we need help -- everything from generators to building
A Department of
Tourism update reported no confirmed casualties or reports of
missing persons. Retail banks are set to reopen on today, which
will allow residents to access needed funds, although ATMs will not
be operating until power is restored.
Emergency canteens now are
open at shelters to provide meals; water trucks are stationed
around the island; 150 generators are expected to arrive to provide
power to parts of George Town on Grand Cayman, the airport and for
The Owen Roberts
Airport will be fully operational for daytime operations on Friday
for relief assistance. Cayman Airways will operate four roundtrip
relief flights a day between Miami and Grand Cayman through Sept.
26; Air Jamaica brought relief supplies in from Jamaica on
The Marriott Grand
Cayman expects to reopen by the end of October. Bush said that
resorts on Cayman Brac, including the Divi Tiara Beach Resort, and
on Little Cayman are operational and will welcome visitors, once
regular flights resume.
Meanwhile in Grenada,
Ambassador Dennis Antoine said that Grenada was battered, shattered
and the damage is almost impossible to comprehend. We need help to
resuscitate and come back. Workers are trying to make the airport
and seaport passable so that emergency relief can arrive by air and
include restoration of power, delivery of food and water to remote
areas, supplies for shelters and the creation of some sense of
stability, Antoine said.
Grenada relies on
tourism and agriculture. Both industries are gone now, but we will
rebound, he said.
Blue Horizons Garden
Resort, which earlier announced a four-to-six-month closure, now
expects to reopen within four months. Resort officials reported
this change after a further assessment of needed
We plan to open Blue
Horizons within four months so we can house relief workers,
engineers, construction workers and other individuals aiding
Grenada as it rebuilds, said Arnold Hopkin, owner.
In related news,
Brooklyn-based Apel International Travel will donate $5 to the
Grenada and Jamaica Hurricane Disaster relief funds each time a
ticket is sold to Grenada or Jamaica through Oct. 31.
We have to do our part
to relieve some of the burden on our people in the Caribbean, said
Patricia Lawrence-Haughton, president. The region has suffered
tremendously this season. We must harness our corporate resources
to pick up some of the slack.
Apel is the retail arm
of Alken Tours, which specializes in the Caribbean, Africa and the
U.S. For further information, visit www.travelapel.com.
reporter Gay Nagle Myers, send e-mail to [email protected].