• Today, Mexico is an international benchmark for the best Civil Protection practices, he said.
  • One of the most valuable instruments we have for the prevention of natural disasters was modernized: the National Risk Atlas, he said.
  • The Mexican Seismic Network has been strengthened, in coordination with the National Seismological Service and the UNAM Engineering Institute.
  • We cannot control natural phenomena, but through prevention it is possible to prevent personal, human and family tragedies; that's what Civil Protection is about: preventing in order to live, he said.
  • The government spokesman offered a press conference together with Luis Felipe Puente Espinosa, National Civil Protection Coordinator.

Eduardo Sánchez Hernández, General Coordinator of Social Communication of the President’s Office and Government Spokesman, today offered a joint press conference with Luis Felipe Puente Espinosa, National Civil Protection Coordinator, in which he stated that "Mexico's capabilities for protect the lives of citizens in the face of natural phenomena have been strengthened,” and that today, our country is an international benchmark for best Civil Protection practices.

He mentioned that this is due to the fact that for 33 years, the government and citizens have created an important culture of prevention and civil protection, with constant drills and personnel training. We saw this last September with the earthquakes that happened here, in Mexico City; “The reaction of citizens, and the way each one was already trained to cope with a challenge like this, considerably reduced the loss of human lives”.

The government spokesman declared that at the beginning of this Administration, firm steps were taken to address the risks of natural phenomena with the installation of the first National Civil Protection Council of in the history of Mexico, in which both the president and state governments participated.

This Council has achieved two fundamental objectives:

First: Provide citizens with swift, coordinated, efficient responses; and

Second: Provide detailed protocols that will make it possible not only to react but also to prevent the effects of natural disasters.

He said that in order to support this last objective, one of the most valuable instruments our country has for the prevention of natural disasters was updated: The National Risk Atlas.

"This digital tool, which can be consulted in real time from any device connected to the Internet, comprises specialized information from various Federal Public Administration agencies such as the National Meteorological and Seismological Services, as well as over 60 different public and private institutions in the country with valuable information for this purpose”:

Thanks to this Risk Atlas, he continued, "both those responsible for Civil Protection and citizens in any locality, can address the risks of natural phenomena throughout the country in a timely manner”.

Eduard Sánchez declared that the Mexican Seismic Network has been strengthened, in coordination with the National Seismological Service and the UNAM Engineering Institute.

Mexican official standards have also been updated, particularly, “The Standard for Persons with Disabilities, to guarantee the highest standards in mitigating risks and the care of people with disabilities in emergency cases, and the new Official Mexican Standard on Tsunamis, offering an effective guide to warn and evacuate the population in the event of this type of phenomena,” he explained.

He stressed that, “This preventive approach, instead of being reactive, is the most effective way to prevent natural phenomena from becoming human tragedies”.

Do not forget that the best protection tool is prevention. “We cannot control natural phenomena, but through prevention it is possible to prevent personal, human and family tragedies; that's what Civil Protection is about,” he declared.

Eduardo Sánchez said that, “This is what Civil Protection is all about: preventing in order to live”.

As an example, he recalled that when Hurricane Patricia hit the coasts of Jalisco, Nayarit and Colima in October 2015, within a matter of hours it had been upgraded from a tropical storm to a Category 5 hurricane, the highest that exists.

"Despite the short time we had to respond to the emergency, not a single life was lost. That is the aim of prevention, that's where its value lies,” he declared.

"Therefore, the government, through the National Civil Protection Coordination Office, promotes a culture of prevention through dissemination, in which the media play a fundamental role," he said. 

The government spokesman said that, “Nature posed enormous challenges for the country last year. Between August and September, ten natural phenomena, including tropical storms, hurricanes and notably two large earthquakes, tested Mexicans’ capacity for response and will of the Mexicans”.

He noted that, “Due to the prevention, training and coordination work among the three levels of government, and certainly civil society, the simultaneous emergencies that took place in 2017 were dealt with promptly and efficiently. Once again, they showed the high degree of exposure to the risk of natural disasters in our country”.

“Through the updating of protocols, technology and disaster mitigation mechanisms, the government offers a more efficient response to natural risks":