It’s Hurricane Season in the Tropics – Be Informed and Prepared!

The hurricane season in the tropics starts in May and continues through November. While residential life and tourism goes on, it is important to be informed about what to do before, during, and after a hurricane. Take these precautions to safeguard your family.Residents recover pieces of wood after high waves dragged their beach stalls into the sea in Coyuca de Benitez

Before a Hurricane

  1. Talk to your family and friends to organize a civil protection plan taking into account the following measures:
  • Determine a place to meet if you get separated in a hurricane.
  • If your house is fragile (reed, palapa, adobe, straw or similar materials), identify a temporary shelter (school, church or city hall) where you can locate in case of emergency.
  • Make necessary repairs to roofs, windows, and walls to prevent hurricane damage.
  • Provide transportation if you have family or elderly persons
  1. Please have the following items ready for an emergency:
  • First aid kit.
  • Radio or cellphone and flashlight with spare parts.
  • Purified or boiled water in covered containers.
  • Canned food (tuna, sardines, beans, milk).
  • Personal documents (birth, marriage, passport, insurance papers, etc. stored in a plastic bag.
  1. Clean the roof, drains, ditches, drains, uncovering sewers, etc. to allow drainage

During a Hurricane

  1. If authorities recommend evacuation – GO! Do not think. Evacuate immediately!
  1. If it is safe to stay at home:
  • Stay calm.
  • Keep your battery-operated radio and/or cellphone on for information and instructions from official sources.
  • Close doors and windows, protecting the glass inside with tape in the form of “X” to protect you from splintering glass. Curtains alone will not provide sufficient protection.
  • Secure loose objects (pots, garbage cans, tools, etc.). Secure television aerials, hanging gadgets, etc.
  • Have warm, waterproof clothing available.
  • Cover appliances or objects that could be damaged or broken with big plastic bags.
  • Constantly check the water level near your home.
  1. If you decide to move to a temporary shelter:
  • Secure your home and take all necessities with you.
  • Remain calm and reassure your family.
  • Listen to your battery-powered radio and/or cellphone for information or instructions for the hurricane.
  • Unplug all appliances and power switches.
  • Shut off gas and water.
  • Do not light candles or lamps that use batteries.
  • Attend to children, elderly and the sick that are with you.
  • Do not leave until authorities say that the danger has ended.

After a Hurricane

  1. Stay calm.
  1. Follow the instructions issued by the authorities through the media.
  1. If there are injuries, gas leaks or any kind of risk, report it immediately to the emergency services.
  1. Take care that your food is clean. Do not eat anything raw.
  1. Boil your drinking water.
  1. Thoroughly clean up any spilled medicines, toxic or flammable substances.
  1. Carefully inspect your home to make sure there is no danger.
  1. Keep off the gas, light, and water to ensure no leakage and no danger of short circuit.
  1. Make sure your appliances are dry before connecting.
  1. Clear any standing water to prevent mosquito infestations.
  1. If you live on hillsides or mountain slopes, be careful of landslides.

Temporary Shelters in Zihuatanejo

The main temporary shelters available to the City of Zihuatanejo de Azueta are:

  • Municipal Auditorium
  • Elementary School John N. Alvarez
  • Luis Guevara Ramírez School

Emergency Numbers for the Zihuatanejo Area

CIVIL AND FIRE PROTECTION – 554-75-51 & 554-34-53



GENERAL HOSPITAL – 554-36-50 & 554-34-36

I.M.S.S. – 554-48-22

MUNICIPAL HEALTH SERVICES – 554-20-88 & 554-32-30



Be informed! Your participation is your protection!

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