I was surprised we did not have standing room only at the Tuesday Talk today. The topic was Emergency Preparedness and in light of the recent flooding in Cerro Punta and historic flooding in Boquete I though more people would want to know about self preservation.
The meeting was sponsored by three vendors selling products like emergency lighting, Water purification and colloidal silver, they paid a fee so attendees did not. We do lose our lights, a lot, and we all should be looking at water quality even in the best of times.
It was only a few years ago we on Jaramillo were without lights for almost two weeks as they rushed to replace power polls swept away by a raging Caldera river. Today there are houses built along those same river banks, expensive expat houses, and one day it is possible they too will be swept away. Being prepared is a good idea.
Here are some important telephone numbers courtesy of Gene Melton
Alto al Crimen, bilingual emergency help for crime or medical needs. 6477-6662
National Police (Spanish only) 720-2145 / 1222
CSS Polyclinic in Bajo Boquete 720-1909 (Spanish)
Boquete Health and Hospice for blood needs. Andrea Moss 6665-5398 and Charlotte Lintz 6693-5005
Bomberos 720-1224 / 1277 (Spanish)
Alcalde’s office 720-1261 (Spanish)
SINAPROC Boquete 720-4202 (Spanish)
SINAPROC David 775-7006 / 774-3944 (Spanish)
You might note Speaking basic Spanish can be helpful in an emergency
Gene discussed the two emergency shelters in Boquete, one the Gym in Los Naranjos the other in Alto Boquete. He also discussed the alternative routes out of Boquete should the highway from Bajo be closed.
Other resource information is available from the Red Cross
This might be paradise but we have a dormant volcano and regular flooding here so if self preservation is important you should be aware!