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September 13, 2004

CAYMAN HURRICANE NEWS: Reader Mark Odiorne sends this:

Communications with Cayman are sporadic, but it seems text messaging works if both ends have a Cayman issued phone from AT&T or DigiCell. The word getting out is not good. While we are still trying to get word about the status of our own people (we have an office there) what we have heard is that there is extensive damage, much from the storm surge. The North Sound surge met up with the surge from South Sound and from the west/7Mile.

Two sites that have been posting what updates they can gather are:

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Thanks for being a good friend of Cayman, always like seeing you mention it on the blog. We can all hope and pray that you'll have some good news to post in the coming months and years!

I may have to schedule a fact-finding tour soon.

UPDATE: If you're in the Miami area and want to help, click "read more."

Sent: Monday, September 13, 2004 12:22 PM
Subject: URGENT! - Hurricane Ivan

Dear All,
We regret to inform you that Hurricane Ivan has devastated the Cayman Islands. This category 5 Hurricane generated tremendous storm surge, sustained winds reported at 165 mph and gusts at 260 mph causing catastrophic damage.

We have received many emails and calls of concern, condolences, prayers, and love. In an effort to provide relief for the island, Tortuga Imports' Miami Warehouse is accepting donations for the following items:

Canned Foods (including soup)
Can Openers
Water
Bread
Baby Formula
Diapers
Tissue
Napkins
Plastic Utensils/Plates/Cups/Buckets
Medical Supplies
Generators
Satellite Phones
Non-perishable Milk
Stove Top Ranges & Sterno
Drinks
Candles
Lighters/Matches
BBQ Grills & Coal
Cleaning Supplies (Garbage bags, broom, etc.)
Tarps & Tents
Pens & Paper
To help, please bring or send these items to:

Cayman Islands Hurricane Relief Efforts
C/O Tortuga Imports, Inc.
14202 S.W. 142 Avenue
Miami, FL 33186
Phone: (305) 378-6668
Toll free: 1-877-486-7884

Everything helps, even 1 can of food. Your continued prayers and support for the Cayman Islands are needed and appreciated. We thank you for taking the time out from your busy schedules to make a donation.

Jacqueline V. Gil
Office Manager
Tortuga Imports, Inc.
D/B/A Tortuga Rum Cake Co.
14202 S.W. 142 Avenue
Miami, FL 33186
Phone: (305) 378-6668 / 1-877-4-TORTUGA
Fax: (305) 378-0990
www.tortugarums.com
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