It’s Hurricane Season – Take These Actions to Protect Your Life and Family!

Hurricane season in the tropics is from May 15th to November 30th. It is important to be informed about what to do before, during and after a hurricane. Take these steps to protect your life and your family! 1

Before a hurricane:

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 because of a hurricane.
  • If your house is fragile (reed, palapa, adobe, straw or similar materials), investigate a temporary shelter (school, church or city hall) to relocate.
  • Make necessary repairs to roofs, windows and walls to prevent further damage.
  • Provide transportation if you have family or elderly people.

Please have the following items for an emergency:

  • First aid kit
  • Radio and flashlight with spare parts
  • Purified water in covered containers
  • Canned food (tuna, sardines, beans, milk
  • Personal documents (birth, marriage, immigration documents, etc.) stored in plastic bag

During a hurricane:

Stay home if it is safe or move to the hostel as planned. If authorities recommend that you evacuate the area and/or your home — do not hesitate! Go to safety!

If you can stay at home:

  • Stay calm.
  • Keep your battery-operated radio on for information and instructions from official sources.
  • Close doors and windows, protecting the glass inside with tape in the form of X. Curtains will NOT protect you from any splintering glass.
  • Secure loose objects (pots, garbage cans, tools, etc.).
  • Have warm clothing and waterproof clothing available.
  • Cover appliances or objects that could be damaged or broken with water with plastic bags.
  • Constantly check the water level near your home.

If you move to a temporary shelter:

Secure your home and take all necessities and important documents with you.

  • Remain calm and reassure your family.
  • Listen to your battery-powered radio for information or instructions for the hurricane.
  • Unplug all appliances and power switches.
  • Shut off the gas and water.
  • Do not light candles.
  • Attend to children, the elderly and sick people who are with you.
  • Do not leave until authorities say it ended the danger

Temporary Shelters

The main temporary shelters available in Zihuatanejo are:

– Municipal Auditorium

– CONALEP

– Elementary School John N. Alvarez

– Luis Guevara Ramírez School

Alternate Shelters:

– Esc Prim Lt. Fed. José Azueta (Los Almendros)

– Esc Prim Fed Cuauhtémoc (El Zarco)

– Esc Prim Miguel Hidalgo (San Miguelito)

– Redemption Prim Tropical Escape (San Jose Ixtapa)

– Esc Prim Miguel Aleman (New Town)

– Esc Prim Cuauhtémoc (San Jose Ixtapa)

– Esc Prim Juan Peztalozzi (The Posquelite)

– Esc Vicente Guerrero (Pantla)

– Esc Emiliano Zapata (The Nitrate)

– Esc Leona Vicario (The Coacoyul)

– Esc Josefa Ortiz de Domínguez (The Achotes)

– Matiana Escape Orb (Agua de Correa)

– Esc Technical Sec 52 (The Dam)

– Esc Technical Sec 186 (Infonavit the Hujal)

– Esc Sec Eva Samano de Lopez Mateo (Downtown)

– High 5 (Col. Cuauhtemoc) – 13 Preparatory UAG (Col. Sports)

After a hurricane:

  1. Stay calm.
  1. Follow the instructions issued by the authorities through the media. If your home is in the affected area, you cannot return to it until authorities indicate.
  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 or dubious.
  1. Drink only purified or boiled 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. Do not spread rumors.
  1. Clean up any water to prevent mosquito infestations.
  1. If you live on hillsides or mountain slopes, be careful of landslides.
  1. Keep warm and away from the disaster areas.
  1. Avoid touching or stepping on cables.
  1. Withdraw from buildings, trees and poles in danger of falling.

If a family member is missing, DO NOT GO OUT TO GET THEM – it can be dangerous. Alert the authorities!

Emergency Numbers: You can call 911

CIVIL AND FIRE PROTECTION

554-75-51 & 554-34-53

MUNICIPAL PUBLIC SAFETY

554-20-40

MEXICAN RED CROSS

065

GENERAL HOSPITAL

554-36-50 & 554-34-36

I.M.S.S.

554-48-22

MUNICIPAL HEALTH SERVICES

554-20-88 & 554-32-30

MILITARY NAVAL HOSPITAL

553-04-99

CIVIL PROTECTION AGENCY

Protección Civil Guerrero

Facebook: Civil Protection Agency

YOUR PARTICIPATION IS YOUR PROTECTION!

References:

  1. Translated from: http://ixtapayzihuatanejo.com/actividad/huracanes/

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