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Civil Protection starts building inspections for possible emergency hurricane use

Riviera Maya, Q.R. — State Coordination of Civil Protection (COEPROC), in coordination with the various city halls, are reviewing public buildings for hurricane season.

Around 908 anti-cyclonic shelters in the 11 municipalities of Quintana Roo are being physically reviewed for their possible use as emergency shelters. Buildings, such as schools that are deemed fit for use, will be earmarked for emergency shelter use in the upcoming 2023 hurricane season.

The General Director of COEPROC, Guillermo Núñez Leal, explained that in compliance with protocols, these reviews are being done throughout the state in order to guarantee that the buildings are in optimal conditions for emergency shelter use if need be.

Leal says a majority of the buildings being reviewed are educational establishments and that their inspections are being carried out in coordination with personnel from the Secretary of Education of Quintana Roo (SEQ), Municipal Civil Protection Directorates, SEMAR, SEDENA and the Secretary of Citizen security.

Hurricane season for the Atlantic starts June 1 and ends on November 30.

According to AccuWeather’s 2023 Atlantic hurricane season forecast, this year will be very similar to what was experienced in 2022 due to El Niño, which could mean another quiet hurricane season for the Atlantic Cancun-Riviera Maya regions.