(CMR) Premier Hon. Wayne Panton called an emergency meeting of members of the PACT Government at the Government Administration Building Wednesday night to discuss the impact of Hurricane Grace.
At the meeting, PACT MPs considered reports from national emergency services, feedback from many residents across the Islands, and their own observations derived from their respective constituency tours and engagements.
While assessments of damages are still ongoing by several Government agencies, in the interim and in the interest of the public, the PACT members have agreed that they would approve funds to assist with the clean-up of the various constituencies, provide funding to assist with necessary housing repairs and provide funds and services to farmers that have been adversely affected.
“It was essential for my team to meet as quickly as possible to get an update on damages resulting from Grace and to agree on the best way forward in returning our Islands to some level of normalcy,” said Panton.
“While I am pleased that there were no reported injuries or loss of lives, I am saddened to hear that many residents had damages to property. My Government remains People-driving, and it was important to expeditiously approve a series of measures to help our people. I have asked my Cabinet colleagues to take immediate steps in order to implement the agreed solutions to help our communities.”
The Premier also offered praise for the diligence of his team.
“I must say that I am extremely pleased with the performance of my team in the lead-up to the storm. Members were out and about personally helping constituents. They helped secure homes and worked with the National Roads Authority to clear drains well late into the night,” he said. “I am even more pleased with their performance after the storm, where they assisted many people in their communities. I also want to thank their families for their personal sacrifice during this challenging time.”
He has invited members of the Opposition to meet with his team today to consider a way forward for the Country.
“Recognising that this is an opportunity for all of us to work collaboratively, as community leaders, I have spoken to the Hon. Leader of the Opposition and invited him and his colleagues to a meeting this morning at the Government Administration Building. We will inform them of our proposed actions and provide them with the opportunity to work together with us for love of country and all its people and to engage in a successful recovery process.”
The PACT Caucus also registered its gratitude for the efforts of Hazard Management Cayman Islands, the Cayman Islands Regiment, the RCIPS, PWD, NRA, Fire Services, Cadet Corp, and the countless public servants and volunteers for their service during this trying time.