Three levels of Mexican government work as one to coordinate strategies for hurricane Patricia
In Jalisco all the government agencies have been activated to attend anyemergency situation
Guadalajara, October 23rd. - The governor of the state of Jalisco, Jorge Aristóteles Sandoval Díaz, has called on to the people to take extreme caution against the heavy rain that is expected due to hurricane Patricia, besides following the recommendations and preventive measures issued by the authorities just like avoid traveling to the coast and head to southern roads, as landslides may occur.
It is expected that hurricane Patricia impacts the coasts of Jalisco during Friday’s afternoon or during the first hours of Saturday as a category 4 and the state’s government has already activated the emergency operation before the possible effects of this weather phenomenon affecting the state.
Through a notice from the government of Jalisco, it was informed that Sandoval Díaz earlier today held a meeting with the General Director of the State Unit of Civil Protection and Fire of Jalisco (UEPCBJ), Trinidad López Rivas, and with the head of the General Attorney, Eduardo Almaguer; the State Water Commission, Felipe Tito Lugo, and other government agencies such as the Health Secretary, the Ministry of Infrastructure and Public Works and Social Development and Integration to finalize details on the preventive measures and coordinate strategies to face Hurricane Patricia in Jalisco.
They work in coordination with municipal governments and the Federal Government and the state governor issued instructions to all departments to begin with the work they are assigned to in order to attend the contingency.
“Since yesterday and all day today we are sending equipment from the Ministry of Rural Development, the Ministry of Infrastructure and Public Works, the State Water Commission, all types of machinery”, stated Sandoval Díaz.
He also informed about the two units concentrated in Puerto Vallarta and in Melaque. “There is where we have our two units of potable water, we have infrastructure, electric energy”, added.
While the Ministry of Rural Development(SEDER) establishes contact with local agricultures to protect their crops, the Ministry of Development and Social Integration (SEDIS), the Ministry of Infrastructure and Public Works (SIOP), the System for Integral Family Development (DIF) of Jalisco and the General Secretariat of Government (SGG) evaluate evacuation measures to safeguard the security of people and their property.
On its behalf, the State Water Commission (CEA) has sent to the base of Tomatlán and Melaque mud extraction pumps, drainage dredging equipment, water pipes and water treatment plants.
In addition, the Emergency Medical Care Service is flying to Puerto Vallarta on board the State Government helicopter (Black Hawk) to stay alert. Additionallythere will be two aircrafts located in Puerto Vallarta and another on the move, two mobile kitchens and a mobile hospital in Melaque.
The government of Jalisco maintains permanent communication with the mayors from coastal municipalities to follow protocols according to the sproximity and intense increase of hurricane Patricia, and as preventive measure classes have been suspended in eight municipalities: Mascota, Talpa de Allende, Cuautitlán, Cihuatlán, La Huerta, Tomatlán, Cabo Corrientes and Puerto Vallarta.
The operating staff of Civil Protection is already at the areas involved. Mayor Trinidad López Rivas leads the operation and for the last couple of days has collaborated with municipal mayors in order to habilitate shelters throughout the DIF systems.
“Post an alert and invite the citizens to first follow the orders and evacuation instructions; second, avoid at this moment to travel to the coast from Puerto Vallarta to Cabo Corrientes, Cihuatlán, Cuautitlán, La Huerta until otherwise noticed”, stated the governor of Jalisco.
He also added, “It’s time to require everyone, to be a team and the best prevention is when everyone participates and collaborates”.
The following are some actions taken immediately by state agencies and other offices under coordination of the SGG.
-Communication was filed to warn the need to open floodgates of dams: Corrinchis, in Mascota, and Trigomil and Tacotán, in Unión de Tula.
Both are at 100% capacity and its necessary to open them to prevent flooding.
-Activated communication with the tourist industry of the coast to advice on the risks of hurricane Patricia.
-Provides equipment such as mud extraction pumps, drainage dredging equipment, water pipes and mobile water treatment plants.
-Suspended classes since Thursday October 22nd in the coastal municipalities and will supervise the schools in the region to immediately detect any impairment.
-Has set the protocol for evaluation of possible damage and activate the Damage Fund in the agricultural sector, in coordination with SAGARPA
-Has prepared supplies for shelters: pantry, cooking and sleeping mats.
-Has set the protocol to activate the FOEDEN (State Fund for Natural Disasters) and access the support of housing and infrastructure
-Two operation bases were installed in Tomatlán and Melaque where operating personnel and equipment is concentrated.
-Has the following supplies prepared in Puerto Vallarta:
*1,400 personal cleansing kits
Protección Civil (Civil Protection)
-Performs the coordination of preventive actions and concentrates the information issued by state offices.
-In coordination with the Federal Police, it will be performing monitoring of the roads to identify any problem.
-Offers Black Hawk helicopter for any operation that requires it.
-Heavy machinery is available for dredging in the region and monitors any damage to roads and state infrastructure.
-Performs transfer to its operational bases in the area for cleaning of roads and bridges.
-Two helicopters made available for any operation that requires it.
-Helps with coordination actions and provides vehicles and personnel from the area as support.
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