Hurricane Shelters

Hurricane shelters are certainly an option to consider as low-lying areas will flood. If your home is not secure then evacuate!

Below is a list of the 2019 hurricane shelters available and their capacity:

West Bay

  • Sir John A. Cumber Primary School (Part Classrooms)- 135 people
  • Sir John a. Cumber Primary School Assembly Hall (*EMC)- 335 people
  • John Gray Memorial Church Hall- 155 people

George Town

  • John Gray High School Gymnasium- 1,150 people (pet-friendly: 30 dogs or 60 cats)
  • George Town Primary School Assembly Hall- 240 people
  • University College of the Cayman Islands Hall- 500 people
  • Red Cross Building (available in September)- 95 people
  • Prospect Primary School (*EMC)- 1,135 people

Bodden Town

  • Bodden Town Primary School Multipurpose Hall (*EMC)- 80 people
  • Breakers Community Hall- 40 people
  • Savannah Primary School Assembly Hall (*EMC)- 135 people

North Side

  • Craddock Ebanks Civic Centre (*EMC)- 185 people
  • Clifton Hunter High School Gymnasium (*EMC)- 630 people (pet-friendly: 15 dogs or 25 cats)

East End

  • William Allen McLaughlin Civic Centre (*EMC)- 240 people
  • Gun Bay Community Hall- 65 people

Cayman Brac

  • Aston Rutty Centre (*EMC)- 420 people
  • West End Primary School- 250 people
  • Day care Centre Multipurpose Hall (sports complex)- 382 people

Little Cayman

  • Public Works Department Building (*EMC)- 140 people


Shelters however, should be considered as a last resort – they are crowded and the conditions are very basic, with none of the comforts of home. You should make sure you take a shelter kit with enough supplies for a number of days.

They ask that you bring enough supplies for your family and they generally do not allow pets, alcohol, smoking, heavy or excess luggage, cots or weapons.

Volunteer Shelter Managers are always needed. If you are interested in becoming one, contact Paulinda Mendoza-Williams at the Department of Children and Family Services on (345) 949 0290.

Visit the Hurricane Preparedness page or the Cayman Prepared website for more information.

*EMC= Emergency Medical Centre