So I asked the Delegado and he said that the Estado has been maintaining it but that he didn't really know if it was working because he hasn't heard it either.
Normally they announce when there is going to be a practice alarm call so people don't get 'alarmed' unnecessarily. The Delegado will inquire next week to see what is or is not happening with the alarm.
Also, on preparedness for Patricia, I recall that La Huerta Emergency Office came and held a meeting and practice on what to do; hike rapidly to higher ground (we practice walked), anywhere above the church, carry water and medications and wait for instructions. The elementary school was designated as the emergency shelter.
In the 1995 tsunami, caused by a 9:00 AM earthquake, no one was prepared. Yet everyone seemed to have done what was needed and there was not a single injury. One man got nervous or scared and jumped from a second story, breaking a leg and becoming the only indirect casualty. Families gathered on high ground on some hill and camped until they were told that they could return by the National Guard who had been supplying food and materials. Judy and Felipe, I think, could tell us more about it.
Getting cut off from outside help, like the National Guard, could be a big problem. I don't know how we would communicate and connect for assistance. I know the Delegado, as part of the BAEJAC Emergency crew, was trying to acquire a short-wave radio, or something of that nature. I don't know if he was successful.
Interesting query you make, Daniel, and food for thought as we wait out the current situation. Cruz
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