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
The main temporary shelters available in Zihuatanejo are:
– Municipal Auditorium
– Elementary School John N. Alvarez
– Luis Guevara Ramírez School
– 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:
- Stay calm.
- 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.
- If there are injuries, gas leaks or any kind of risk, report it immediately to the emergency services.
- Take care that your food is clean, do not eat anything raw or dubious.
- Drink only purified or boiled water.
- Thoroughly clean up any spilled medicines, toxic or flammable substances.
- Carefully inspect your home to make sure there is no danger.
- Keep off the gas, light and water to ensure no leakage and no danger of short circuit.
- Make sure your appliances are dry before connecting.
- Do not spread rumors.
- Clean up any water to prevent mosquito infestations.
- If you live on hillsides or mountain slopes, be careful of landslides.
- Keep warm and away from the disaster areas.
- Avoid touching or stepping on cables.
- 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
MEXICAN RED CROSS
554-36-50 & 554-34-36
MUNICIPAL HEALTH SERVICES
554-20-88 & 554-32-30
MILITARY NAVAL HOSPITAL
CIVIL PROTECTION AGENCY
YOUR PARTICIPATION IS YOUR PROTECTION!
- Translated from: http://ixtapayzihuatanejo.com/actividad/huracanes/
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