Mexico Dodged A Bullet

25 Oct

I find it hard to believe the media. Was hurricane Patricia an anomaly or was it hype? Either way, I’m very happy that there wasn’t catastrophic damage and loss of life to the people of western Mexico. 


Thanks to our friends Karen and Skip of Tulum for this perspective of our distance from the storm. Mexico is three times bigger than Texas.


I lived in Okinawa, Japan for two years and experienced two typhoons. A tornado once touched down across the street from our house outside of Austin, Texas. We were unscathed through it all. My first experience with a category five hurricane was Katrina. I was working for the Texas Department of State Health Services at the time. I volunteered to help and was assigned to work in the command center. What an eye-opening experience! Between hurricanes, tsunamis and earthquakes, the world has learned the hard way about preparedness.



After - The kitchen shelves were installed this week. I'm still in awe.

After – The kitchen shelves were installed this week. I’m still in awe.

Living so close to the coast, we have different preparedness needs than many. Our main concern is wind. To that end we will install hurricane shutters on the Laguna side. The house is a concrete bunker and there is a drainage system both inside and out.

A fountain and pond on the north side of the house.

A fountain and pond on the north side of the house.

Texas has a great preparedness website if you need help. Any emergency plan is better than none. One thing we will be sure to have is a can of gas. Stations ran out of fuel as people headed inland to avoid Patricia. My daughter who lives on the U.S west coast fault line has a kit for her dog as well. As new dog owners, this is new territory for us. What’s your plan? DOS TORTAS


12 Responses to “Mexico Dodged A Bullet”

  1. emilievardaman October 25, 2015 at 10:47 am #

    Puerto Vallarta fared well, but smaller towns, especially ones in valleys, got flooded. Ones on hillsides have a lot of wind damage. Sadly, the news has all been about Puerto Vallarta. Many, many lost a lot if not all.

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    • afish25 October 25, 2015 at 11:04 am #

      Absolutely and the water continues to rise. So many people live with houses made of sticks and thatch. They rarely cover the real story, only how it affects tourism.


  2. LJones October 25, 2015 at 11:06 am #

    I love the shelves! And thank you for posting this – reminding me to “prepare”. My heart goes out to the people who lost so much – and for whom so little is said. Hopefully there is a contribution possibility?

    Liked by 1 person

    • afish25 October 25, 2015 at 12:27 pm #

      I’ll let you know if I hear of any donation opportunity. You are right, water is rising and will flood many small villages.


  3. RetirementJunglesofTulum October 25, 2015 at 3:34 pm #

    Almost makes you angry with no consideration in the media for small towns affected. Love love your shelves.

    Liked by 1 person

    • afish25 October 25, 2015 at 3:59 pm #

      Poor people are quite invisible. Thanks. We’re so glad to be getting organized. Our things have been in storage two years.


  4. Garth Hammond October 25, 2015 at 5:35 pm #

    glad you are OK.

    Liked by 1 person

    • afish25 October 25, 2015 at 6:18 pm #

      We are ok.


      • jamurray2014 October 26, 2015 at 3:30 am #

        In the past Progreso organized donations for the West Coast. It will be interesting to see if they do it for this storm, since “tourism” is up and running. The world over, the little guys are in visible


      • afish25 October 26, 2015 at 5:30 am #

        Do you know who they sent donations to? Cruz Rojo?


  5. Kathe October 27, 2015 at 1:05 pm #


    My home is for sale. Please pass along my website link to your friends.


    Liked by 1 person

    • afish25 October 27, 2015 at 1:09 pm #

      Beautiful home in southern Mexico. Check it out.


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