The hurricane season officially started in Los Cabos on May 15, and hotels have completed their preparations to keep visitors safe during what is expected to be a quite active season.
Hotel Preparations Complete
Lilzi Orci, head of the Los Cabos Hotel Association, has confirmed that the hotels in Los Cabos have completed their preparations in advance of the upcoming hurricane season.
While every hotel has its own hurricane impact plan, there are a number of common activities that are required of every hotel property.
For example, resort hotels in Los Cabos are required to have temporary facilities available to evacuate guests to and keep them safe. These shelters are often on the bottom floor or basement of the property and often include a ballroom and meeting space.
They also need to have backup communications equipment in the event that the local network fails in a storm. Most of the hotels in Los Cabos have satellite phones for this purpose, along with a hospitality-wide radio system.
Hotels also completed a structural inspection conducted by the municipality of Los Cabos. The exteriors of buildings were reviewed, along with the comprehensive hurricane plan prepared by each resort.
This level of preparation was all based on the severe impact that Hurricane Odile dealt Los Cabos in September 2014. The Category 4 storm lashed Los Cabos with 125 mile per hour winds and inflicted severe damage. More than 30,000 visitors were stranded in Los Cabos during the storm.
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According to the hurricane prediction center, a total of 16 to 20 storms are expected to impact the Pacific Ocean this hurricane season. This is in part due to the El Niño weather pattern.
Of those, 9 to 11 are expected to be tropical storm strength. An additional four to six are expected to be Category 1 or 2 hurricanes.
Meanwhile, three to five are expected to become major hurricanes with strong winds and damage profiles of Categories 3, 4, and 5. The first up will be Adrian.
Actions For Tourists To Take
As for what actions tourists should take, first of all, be aware of the hurricane season. While the chances are slim of any particular visitor to be impacted by a major hurricane, the chances are present.
Make alternative plans if there is news of a possible strengthening storm heading towards Los Cabos during the time of the visit.
It’s especially important to invest in travel insurance if visiting Los Cabos during the hurricane season and specifically seek coverage that includes the impacts of hurricanes.
There are many different policies available for travelers depending on the price and desired level of coverage, including benefits for items like trip interruption and emergency evacuation.
When arriving in Los Cabos, travelers should proactively ask their hotel about their preparation plans for a hurricane.
Find out where to go if one is headed towards Los Cabos and what prevention activities are in place. Ask if there are specific steps visitors are expected to take as well.
Travelers should plan to shelter in place should a hurricane impact occur during a vacation. It is going to be very difficult, to nearly impossible, to evacuate using the airport in advance of the storm.
Tourists should establish an emergency contact at home so friends and family can easily reach them for news updates. Relaying details to one point person is much easier than trying to contact everyone.
Tourists taking steps now to prepare for travel to Los Cabos during the hurricane season should have the peace of mind knowing that they are ready for whatever Mother Nature has planned for them during their resort beach destination vacation.
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