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State of Quintana Roo ready for hurricane season

Cancun, Q.R. – The state of Quintana Roo is geared up and ready for the next hurricane season which officially begins June 1.

State governor Carlos Joaquin said, “The safeguarding of the physical and patrimonial integrity of Quintana Roo people and those who visit us is a priority, that is why in Quintana Roo, civil protection has become a public policy that prioritizes risk prevention and disaster reduction.”

The announcement came during his participation in the fifth annual Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction 2017 held in Cancun. Carlos Joaquín also said that “Thanks to learning, having faced challenges and overcome challenges such as those caused by Hurricane Wilma a few years ago in Quintana Roo, we have built a culture of prevention and civil protection.

“The challenges that Quintana Roo has faced in terms of civil protection become opportunities to innovate our policy of disaster prevention and to continue improving in the protection of our citizens and our visitors.”

For the upcoming season, 836 temporary storm shelters able to accommodate more than 113,000 people have been prepared around the state in coordination with municipalities and Civil Protection.

Solidaridad president, Cristina Torres, also noted that the municipality is prepared for the upcoming season with plans of action in the event of a storm or hurricane in Playa del Carmen with 43 emergency shelters.

Other safety features such as the Guest Locator program, which provides the location of all tourists who have been transferred to shelters in the event of a hurricane, is also in place.

“This is a program that was born in Solidaridad and now we are also working to include small hotels and hostels so that we can inform relatives about the location for those who are abroad. The most important thing is information,” Torres said.

More than 400 people have been trained on what to do before, during and after a hurricane in Playa del Carmen and Puerto Aventuras.

“We have trained so far more than 440 people who will be replicators of all this information, both in their workplaces and in their colonies and their homes,” said Municipal Meteorologist Antonio Morales Ocaña.

“The objective is that we all know what to do, how to prepare and how to recover faster in case of a hurricane,” he added.

Hurricane season in the Atlantic Basin, which accounts for hurricanes on the Caribbean shore of Mexico, starts June 1 and ends November 30. Maximum activity is between August and October, with the peak activity normally being in early to mid-September.