Cancun, Q.R. – Cancun is officially ready for hurricane season this year as Civil Protection assigns temporary shelters.
The Directorate of Civil Protection in Benito Juarez has assigned 46 temporary shelters that are to be used in the event of a hurricane. The buildings were chosen due to their strategic location and onsite facilities.
The buildings, which are mostly schools, are not in flood-prone areas and are easily accessible in the event of an emergency. The Directorate of Civil Protection reported that between these 46 shelters, more than 14,000 people can be temporarily housed if required.
In combination with emergency shelters, hotel representatives in the state of Quintana Roo have been trained for use of the Tourist State Tracking System, a computerized system that was implemented after Hurricane Wilma in 2005.
Each hotel in the state is assigned a passcode to enter the operating system, which upon the threat of a hurricane, will allow hotels to verify their guests by name, country and the hotel in which they are staying. This information would then be used to help consulates be aware of the foreign and domestic visitors in the state.