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Cancun International Airport begins emergency hurricane training

Cancun, Q.R. — With the start of hurricane season less than three weeks away, airports have begun emergency training sessions in anticipation of the busy predicted season.

Cancun’s Aeroportuario del Sureste Group (Asur) began its strategy training for emergencies in the event of a hurricane. A technical workshop held at the International University of Florida was the base for authorities to prepare airports before the tropical cyclone season.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) was also part of the presentation, offering airports tips on how they can prepare and take precautions on wind storms and tropical cyclones.

According to the director of Regional Airports of Grupo ASUR, Héctor Navarrete Muñoz, during the training seminar, the hurricane manual of the Miami International Airport was presented with an analysis of the strategies they faced during the 2017 hurricane season.

A discussion panel was also held on the Resilience Program for Ports and Airports of the Americas Relief Team, which addressed various issues such as the handling of drones and hot-air balloons during emergencies.

The group of airports in disaster management, which was promoted by the federal aviation administration in the United States, are part of the airports that make up the International Council for Latin America and the Caribbean.

The seminar was also attended by numerous other Latin American airport authorities including Saint Maarten, Miami, Curacao, Cayman Islands, Bahamas, Jamaica, Honduras, Aruba and Puerto Rico.

According to Global Weather Oscillations, the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season is going to be comparable to last year, which ended with 17 named storms and 10 hurricanes, six of which were considered major.

In April, Civil Protection agents begun verifying emergency shelters around the state.