Hurricane Preparedness in Cabo San Lucas

It’s that time of year again.

In Cabo, hurricane season begins May 15 and ends November 30. That’s six months! That means it’s time to be sure you have what you need on hand. Those of us who have chosen to make Cabo our home realize that when it comes to hurricanes you mainly need to worry about heavy rain and flooding. In
addition, the city water system pumps often become overloaded resulting in a shut down before risking burn up. When the winds pick up power and telephones go out and then many things like ATM’s and gas pumps can’t function the way we like them to.

Needless to say, a little preparation goes a long way. Here are some things you might want to have on hand:

  • Cash-ATM’s will be out of service without electricity and working phone lines.
  • Gas-pumps run on electricity so be sure to keep a supply in a safe place.
  • Medication-a week’s supply is a safe bet.
  • Nonperishable foods-think canned or dried. No electricity means no working refrigerator.
  • Drinking water-don’t wait until the storm hits because it’ll all be gone by then.
  • Bathing water-be sure you have a way to store large amounts of non-drinking water.
  • Cooking gas.
  • Candles, flashlights and lanterns with batteries.

Staying put once the storm hits along with advance preparation goes a long way. Of course stay away from the
beaches as storm surges can come on fast and furious. If you see power lines down stay away from them even if
you think they are dead.

Once the storm has passed it’s a good idea to boil washing water for 5 minutes before use since the water
supply may be contaminated. Also take a good tour around your property and eliminate all standing water as
soon as possible so they do not become breeding areas for mosquitoes. This is a good opportunity to check for
property damage as well.

One of the best things to see after the storm is the Cabo communities pulling together to help clean up the mess
left by the storms. So enjoy the weather when it’s good, which is most of the time, but be prepared and be safe.