To continue promoting the culture of prevention in the different sectors of Puerto Vallarta, this Tuesday, November 5 at 10:00 a.m., the Municipal Government, through the Department of Civil Protection and Firefighters, will conduct a tsunamis drill on the coastal strip of the city center, to commemorate World Tsunami Awareness Day.
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Commander Adrián Eliseo Bobadilla García, deputy director of Civil Protection and Firefighters, announced that this year is commemorated with conferences on the issue of tsunamis; However, because the Macrosimulacro was not carried out in September due to weather conditions, it will be used to carry out this important activity in the municipality.
In the framework of the World Awareness Day on Tsunamis, for the first time a simulation will be carried out on the coastal strip of the downtown area of the city, with the aim of continuing to promote the culture of prevention and the actions that must be followed when this type of disaster occurs, “since we live in a coastal area, Puerto Vallarta is not exempt as we have seen in other parts of the world, where they have suffered such phenomena,” said Commander Adrián Eliseo Bobadilla García.
The evacuations of the five primary schools and three kindergartens that will participate are already scheduled, which are home to around 2,200 students in the city center, and urged the population in general, as well as private initiative, to participate in this simulation when listening to the tsunami warning, going to a higher place to get safe and then return to your daily activities.
In terms of prevention, he informed that during the past week he was working in the different educational establishments with talks, playful material, videos, as well as a lottery with natural disaster topics, so that students become familiar with this type of language and mainly to prevent, actions that will be consolidated this Tuesday with the drill.
Bobadilla García informed that tarps with evacuation routes will be installed in all corners where this event will take place, with the purpose that citizens and tourists begin to familiarize themselves with this type of signage, inviting them at the same time to dedicate a few minutes to the issue of prevention in order to mitigate the risks in case of an incident of this nature.
He said that in this operation there will be the participation of 300 elements of Civil Protection and Firefighters, Citizen Security, Municipal Transit, in addition to the support of the State Unit of Civil Protection, as well as the Mexican Navy through the 8th Naval Zone, who will be distributed in different parts of the downtown area for security and protection of the schools and citizens who participate.
“It is important that we be aware of where we stand, prevent, take care of our tourism and that visitors know that they are in a tourist destination that knows what to do in case of a disaster. It is important to sell us as a safe destination and above all, these preventions help us mitigate the effects of this type of phenomenon,” concluded Adrián Bobadilla.