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State preparing emergency shelters ahead of active 2024 Atlantic hurricane season

Riviera Maya, Q.R. — State officials continue to certify solid structures in the various municipalities for hurricane use in the event of an emergency. Governor Mara Lezama has participated in the inspection of several of the buildings around the state.

State officials intend to have 837 buildings around Quintana Roo earmarked as available before the beginning of the 2024 hurricane season. As of June 1, the Atlantic hurricane season, which is forecast to be active, will start.

Lezama says the state of Quintana Roo will have around 837 shelters distributed in the 11 municipalities with capacity for 87,857 people. Last week, Lezama visited the Cozumel Conalep Plant which will function as one of the 10 temporary shelters if necessary.

Governor Lezama, center, toured some of the facilities to be used for emergencies. Photo: CGC May 2024.

“We in Quintana Roo know that prevention is the pillar of the culture of civil protection and it is the best tool to guarantee the integrity of the people of Quintana Roo as well as our visitors during this rainy and hurricane season,” Lezama said,

Lezama explained that there is a commitment to verify, before June 1, the more than 837 temporary shelters distributed in the 11 municipalities, so that they are ready to receive 87,857 people who could eventually occupy them.

More shelters could be added to these figures if needed.

Guillermo Núñez, the Director of the State Coordination of Civil Protection, said that work is being done on the supervision and enabling of anti-cyclonic shelters for the 2024 rainy and tropical cyclone season.

The temporary shelters are being inspected in collaboration with the Secretariat of Education of Quintana Roo (SEQ), the Secretariat of Health (SESA), the Institute of Educational Physical Infrastructure of the State of Quintana Roo, (IFEQROO), the Secretariat of National Defense (SEDENA), the Secretariat of the Navy (SEMAR), the Secretariat of Citizen Security (SSC) and the National Guard.

The Riviera Maya Hotel Association has also installed its Internal Civil Protection Committee to update security protocols that guarantee the protection of tourists, collaborators and facilities before the start of the Atlantic hurricane season.

As every year, the tourism organization called its more than 120 associated hotels to a meeting with Playa del Carmen City Hall meteorologist, Luis Antonio Morales Ocaña, to analyze the forecasts for months with the highest hurricane risks.

The hotel group reaffirmed its commitment to act in coordination with municipal and state authorities to care for and protect guests, staff and facilities in the face of the imminent threat of a meteorological phenomenon.

Forecasts for the 2024 Atlantic Hurricane Season include 23 tropical cyclones of which 12 will be tropical storms, 6 category 1 or 2 hurricanes and 5 category 3,4 or 5 hurricanes with Quintana Roo being one of the 6 states with aquatic borders susceptible to receiving any of these cyclonic systems.

Hotel Association President Toni Chaves

Hotel Association President Toni Chaves recognized the interest and responsibility of hotels to train and be prepared to safeguard people’s lives and the interests of the hotel and tourism sector to continue making the Riviera Maya a safe destination to visit in any time of the year.