Devastation

Cayman Brac was virtually destroyed by Hurricane Paloma…

There has been a lot of mis-information circulated in the international media. Although the larger island of Grand Cayman generally escaped the wrath of Hurricane Paloma, the sister islands of Cayman Brac and Little Cayman endured a direct strike recorded at a Category 4. According to The Caymanian Compass, “Up to 1,000 people have been left homeless…”



Click the button above to help the Rotary Clubs of Grand Cayman
reverse the devastation on Cayman Brac.
(Please note: No PayPal account is needed. Just insert the amount at the top of the page and then click the “Continue” link at the bottom of the page.)

Donations are in US dollars, by check or credit card.

As reported by Cayman News Service on November 8th: “Although Little Cayman seems to have suffered considerable damage as well at this point it is Cayman Brac that has certainly had the worst hit. [District Commissioner Ernie] Scott said that some 90% of homes have lost part or all of their roofs. Billy’s Supermarket has been destroyed, gas stations are crushed, the police station and airport are damaged and the islands last remaining hotel, Brac Reef resort is devastated.”

Please note that last statement about the Brac Reef resort. Unlike Grand Cayman, the Brac (as it is known by its residents) does not have a stream of income from the investment community. It relies upon tourism for much of its income and the last remaining hotel was demolished by Paloma at what would normally be the start of the tourist season.

Click here to view Courtney Platt’s professional photos of the aftermath.

Click here to view a visual report by Cayman Net News.

Currently, most of the island remains without electricity or running water. Many people lost their homes and all their worldly possessions. Others lost their livelihood. Too many lost both. 

ri-wheel-251 Rotary’s role in the island’s recovery…

On Tuesday, November 11th, a joint meeting of the Grand Cayman Rotary clubs was held to determine the best way Rotarians could help the residents of Cayman Brac recover from this disaster. This blog was established to provide a communication resource for people around the world to learn about the plight of the Cayman Brac residents and to help relieve their suffering.

You can help by making a donation to the
Rotary Clubs of the Cayman Islands Hurricane Relief Fund.

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Responses

  1. Hi JD,

    I love the site. Keep it up and good luck with the recovery.

    Yesterday afternoon the Water Authority successfully restarted its water plant in West End. Another milestone in the recovery.

    All the best,

    Hendrik

  2. Thanks for letting us know.

    We’ll pass the word around.

    Good luck.

    Sincerely,

    Darcy

  3. Thank you for doing this. And, thank you for all that you on Grand Cayman are doing for the Sister Islands.

  4. This is a great way of letting the rest of the world know about the situation in the Caymans and I hope that the world as a whole helps in the recovery, especially from the scuba diving community.

    Robert G.

  5. This site exposes the gravity of the devastation and allows individuals as well as groups around the world to help. Something like this makes you realize your individuals issues are really small in comparison.

    Eric M.

  6. Our thoughts and prayers pour out to all of our friends after this terrible natural disaster. We will certainly get the word out thru our various media connections to bring attention to the needs and plight of the island.
    Sincerely,
    Drew R.

  7. The Rotary Club of Provo is behind you. Thank you for the incredible support you gave us in September in the aftermath of IKE. I look forward to hearing about your successes.
    John

  8. Keep up the great work. You make us all proud to be Rotarains.

  9. Truly an unfortunate situation; praying the donations come like manna in the Desert!
    God bless.

  10. Please let us know if any matching grant possibilities are available through Rotary.


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