Before I say anything....let me stress that this entire situation will be
fixed....San Pedro will get back to normal....and people will vacation here
same as before Bad Ass Keith.
We, like many places in the U.S. have had a very mean hurricane and things are kind of in a recovery mode right now. We have much work to do.
Unfortunately we are not as prepared as the U.S. or do we have the resources that they have. So, I ask everyone to please understand the situation here and not think of it in negative terms, but in terms of tasks that need to be completed in order to receive visitors again.
With that said.....
The situation on the west side of the island,(the lagoon side) is something that is being addressed first. Celeste is absolutely right in saying that this area consisted of basic wood houses with outdoor plumbing facilities.
Naturally when the lagoon washed in....it flooded all those septics. The is a potential for health risk.
This is not to scare everyone, simply to alert you to the situation so
people can take precautions.
There are several water spigots that they have put up in that area for the
residents to use. They have been instructed on the importance of adding bleach to their water and washing all fruits and vegetables thoroughly.
Canned items are best at this point. Hand washing also is of extreme
importance!...as well as keeping the kids away from piled up trash and debris.
I have been told by a representative from NEMO that they will start
removing trash from this area tomorrow. After a meeting today....the goal
is to get this area cleaned up as soon as possible, removing a big portion
of the health risk.
As for Mosquitos....
I talked with Lorinda Stinson today who is a registered nurse visiting here
from La Loma Luz hospital in Cayo. She has been asked to represent NEMO in a public relations capacity. Our conversation had to do with the threat of Dengue and Malaria. Being from the Cayo district, she is very familiar with both diseases.
The town board will be spraying tonight for both Dengue and Malaria carrying varieties as a preventitive measure to make sure these don't mature and infect anyone. Until the threat is gone, this will be done as a
preventitive measure. They are advising that all wear insect repellent.
My conversation with Lorinda also included discussing tourists and when
they should come. We want to discourage people from coming in at this point
as we are still in a state of emergency. We hope to upgrade that status in the next few days. We appreciate your patience.
Our suggestions are for the protection of the tourists and to conserve our resources...ie: food, water, medicine, etc. The more people we have here..the more we have to feed, etc.
Also, all empty rooms in hotels have been set aside for people who have lost everything they had and are in need of shelter. Sunbreeze also is semi
occupied as a makeshift hospital. We appreciate their help too.
For that reason....vacationing here right now is out of the question.
I would estimate a good ballpark date for tourists would be somewhere around the first of November.
Some may be ready before then.
Problem is...a vacation is not just a hotel room....but restaurants, tours,
My recommendation would be to contact the hotel directly and see what their
situation is as well as the availibility of activities.
The rumours flying around about this issue are too many to count. This is to be expected considering the situation. It's no one's fault....it just happens.
At this point..there are 2 people still unaccounted for. The deceased count
is more in the area of 4.
Nobody is trying to cover up anything. The people in charge of handling this area simply have not had time or resources to report these figures.
They have been a little busy.
The families of the deceased have to be notified before any information can be released. I respect that.
I wish to send all the families of those that were lost our sincere regrets and
This has been a nightmare for them I'm sure. Our condolences and prayers are with them all.
A reminder for everyone to please try and use the topics I posted earlier to keep things organized. It will make it so much easier to keep up with exactly what is going on and any requests that you all still have
concerning loved ones and property.
In summary...these are the problems as they stand today....they are all fixable...we all need to be careful and help each other...and hopefully soon San Pedro will be back to normal and in full swing.
It can be done if we all work together.
We look forward to seeing all of you later as tourists and friends and truly appreciate all the help you've given in procuring supplies and all your encouragement too!
When we are in full gear again....We will have to throw a BIG party!
I know this has been lengthy, but I wanted to try and answer some very important issues today.
Thanks for your time and patience.
Signing off now....