Written by Bernie Carr
Hundreds of American tourists had to evacuate their hotels in Cancun this week as they braced for Hurricane Delta.
According to The Daily Mail:
According to ABC-13 News, some tourists were evacuated to shelters in hotel grounds, where makeshift beds were set up for evacuees.
Other tourists were evacuated out of their hotels and taken by bus to emergency shelters in downtown Cancun.
Elsewhere, one of the emergency shelters was reported to be the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya was transformed into an emergency shelter where common areas were packed with evacuees. People were packed in areas – some without masks and with very little social distancing.
How do you prepare for disaster while on vacation?
You just never know when disaster can strike. Most people plan their vacations in advance, before you have any idea a hurricane will form in the area.
Buy trip insurance
Many years ago, we had a family vacation planned for Cancun. We found out a hurricane was forming and was expected to hit the week of our vacation. Because we had trip insurance, we were able to move the dates up. The hurricane weakened to a tropical storm, and by the time we went, sunny skies were back.
Watch the extended forecast
Whenever I have travel plans, I start checking the extended forecast for my destination about 10 days before the trip. This way I can make any changes if needed.
The U.S. Department of State recommends you do some advance planning and learn what disasters are common in the region you will be visiting:
Emergency items to pack
Always have extra water with you. You can bring an empty water bottle or a filter water bottle (I have the Sport Bottle from Berkey) and fill with tap water upon arrival. Or, purchase bottled water before you check in.
Most people expect to be able to buy food while traveling. In a disaster, stores and restaurants will be closed. Pack a few non-perishable food items such as crackers, nutrition bars, dried fruit and nuts.
It’s always a good idea to have a few emergency items with you. I always take a mini-flashlight or headlamp in case of a power outage. Carry an emergency whistle so you can signal for help in case you are trapped somewhere.
Bring an extra power bank (fully charged prior to your trip) and power cord, so you can charge your cell phone in an emergency.
It’s tempting to just pack sandals, especially if you are headed to a tropical vacation. But it’s a good idea to bring a pair of comfortable, closed toe’d shoes in case you have to walk through a flooded or muddy area.
First aid kit
It’s essential to carry a travel first aid kit. It comes in handy for minor insect bites, sunburns, stomach upsets and headaches. The CDC recommends you include your prescription medications, allergy medicines, antihistamines and of course antibacterial gel or wipes and masks. If you are traveling internationally, the State Department recommends you bring a copy of your prescription and review the country’s list of restricted substances to see what you are allowed to bring before traveling.
Monitor the situation
Although it’s nice to leave everything behind and disconnect from media once it a while, you still need to be aware of what’s going on around you. Wherever I am, I briefly watch the local news just to find out what’s going on. Be aware of what’s going on around you so you can act accordingly.
Hopefully you will never have to deal with a disaster while on vacation. But as we can see from what’s going on right now, it can happen to anyone. Being prepared will help you deal with any unforeseen emergencies.
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About the author:
Bernie Carr is the founder of Apartment Prepper. She has written several books including the best-selling Prepper’s Pocket Guide, Jake and Miller’s Big Adventure, The Penny-Pinching Prepper and How to Prepare for Most Emergencies on a $50 a Month Budget. Her work appears in sites such as the Allstate Blog and Clark.com, as well as print magazines such as Backwoods Survival Guide and Prepper Survival Guide. She has been featured in national publications such as Fox Business and Popular Mechanics. Learn more about Bernie here.