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What to do in case of a hurricane?

Take a look at the following recommendations, issued by Mexican authorities, on what to do in case of a hurricane
What to do in case of a hurricane?
Damages left by hurricane “Bud” in Acapulco, Guerrero – Photo: David Guzmán/EFE
13/06/2018
11:32
Newsroom
Mexico City
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Mexico's Ministry of Health has issued the following recommendations to the general population affected by hurricanes:

  • Drink bottled, disinfected*, or boiled water.
  • Eat canned goods and other products inside tight-sealed containers. Make sure cans aren't swollen or bulging.
  • Wash your hands with water and soap before cooking and after using the bathroom.
  • If you have symptoms such as eye itchiness, nausea, vomit, diarrhea, cough, headaches, please seek immediate medical assistance and do not self-medicate.

For its part, the Ministry of the Navy has issued the following recommendations to the people in coastal areas affected by hurricanes:

  • Do not swim in the sea.
  • If you own a ship, dock it in a safe place.
  • Place personal documents inside a plastic bag.
  • Keep yourself updated on the status and trajectory of the storm or hurricane.
  • Identify shelters, evacuation routes, and evacuation transports near you.
  • Make sure to store fish hooks, harpoon, and similar items in a safe place.

In case of a storm:

  • Keep calm.
  • Unplug all electrical appliances.
  • Close all water and gas valves.
  • Keep away from doors and windows.
  • If there is a power outage, do not light candles. Use a battery-powered lamp.
  • Do not remain outdoors.
  • Follow the instructions of authorities.

After a storm

  • Wear closed shoes.
  • Do not eat raw food.
  • Cooperate with your neighbors to repair any possible damages left by the storm.
  • Prevent water stagnation to avoid mosquitos.
  • Contact emergency services in case of wounds or injuries.

*To disinfect water, add two drops of chlorine per liter and let it settle for 30 minutes. Then boil water for five minutes.

With information by Perla Miranda

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