Mexico Hurricane Patricia Oct 2015

Hurricane Patricia became the strongest Pacific hurricane on record shortly after midnight CDT early Friday, Oct 23 (source). By early Friday, Patricia’s maximum sustained winds had increased to 200 mph (325 kph) – a Category 5 storm, the highest designation on the Saffir-Simpson scale used to quantify a hurricane’s wind strength.

Situation Report: Hurricane Patricia, October 2015

Situation Report – (period covered: Oct 22-23, 2015)

Prepared by: Humanity Road / Animals in Disaster  Follow: @Humanityroad / @Disasteranimals / @jAIDDog 

Situation Overview


Hurricane Patricia became the strongest hurricane ever recorded at sea on Friday, Oct 23 (source).  Patricia’s maximum sustained winds were 200 mph on Friday morning but diminished to 165 mph just before striking 55 miles west-northwest of Manzanillo, Mexico. The storm was a Category 5, which is the highest designation on the Saffir-Simpson scale used to quantify a hurricane’s wind strength (source).  A hurricane warning was in effect for the Mexican coast from Cabo Corrientes to Punta San Telmo, a stretch of coastline that includes Manzanillo and  A broader area was under hurricane watch, tropical storm warning, or tropical storm watch (source). Affected states include Guerrero, Michoacán, Jalisco, Colima and Nayarit. The coastal highway from Puerto Vallarta to Barra de Navidad was impassable due to mudslides, as was the highway from Manzanillo to Colima. As of Oct 24, there has been no reported loss of life.

Significant Updates (most recent first)

October 24:

  • Digital teams responding
  • @humanityroad – situation reporting, amplifying, monitoring urgent needs
  • @hotosm learn to map at and join tasks here #HurricanePatricia

October 23:

  • Patricia made landfall in the state of Jalisco around 6:00pm CDT.  First towns affected include: El Estrecho, La Manzanilla, Melaque, and Bahías de Tenacatita. (source)
  • El secretario de Comunicaciones y Transportes pidió a la población en zonas de riesgo no circular después de las 13:00 horas ni acudir hacia las zonas de Jalisco, Colima y Nayarit. También pidió acudir a los albergues en caso de construcciones no sólidas. (The SCT requested public to not circulate after 13:00 and in case of non solid structures to move to a shelter(source).
  • As of October 23, 56 emergency declarations were issued for municipalities in three states: Jalisco, Colima and Nayarit.(source)
  • Gobierno promueve que se utilice el número 088 y el twitter @CEAC_CNS para comunicarse en caso de emergencia. Además señala que las cuentas @SEGOB_mx y @PcSegob publicarán la información de alertamiento y los avisos sobre protección civil con las indicaciones para la población (Government promotes an official number and twitter account to communicate cases of emergency. It also designates two twitter accounts that will be used to post instructions for the public) (source).

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 National Links

Official State Government Offices

Presidencia de la República Mexico

Protección Civil Mexico (webpage down as of Oct. 24)

Regional and Local Links

Jalisco State  

Hashtag #Jal #Jalisco

Primary Municipalities:

Puerto VallartaGuadalajaraCostalegreLake Chapala 

Landslides were reported on Federal Highway 200 in Jalisco.

Utility poles and trees were downed, and crews are surveying the area.
Damage in the state of Jalisco was not irreparable and was limited to infrastructure damages, including blocked roads and damaged buildings

Nayarit State

Hashtag #Nay

Primary Municipalities:

Huacatlán, Amatlán de Cañas, Bahía de Banderas, Compostela, Ixtlán del Río, Jala, San Pedro Lagunillas, Santa María del Oro, Santiago Ixcuintla, San Blas, Tecuala and Xalisco

Michoacan State

Hashtag #Mich

Multiple homes were severely damaged and banana and papaya crops were destroyed in Michoacan. Mud and landslides closed several roads in the region. Some homes in Cuyultan, Colima, experienced flooding.


Guerrero State

Hashtag  #GRO

Municipalities that could be most affected:

Guerrero son Acapulco, la Sierra, La Montaña, Costa Chica, Costa Grande. (source)

Calimo State

Hashtag #CAL

Primary Municipalities:

Armería, Colima, Comala, Coquimatlán, Cuauhtémoc, Ixtlahuacán, Manzanillo, Minatitlán, Tecomán (and) Villa de Álvarez

Emergency Numbers

Emergency Phone Numbers

  • Emergencias –  088 Centro de Atención Ciudadana or 066 or (322) 22088.
  • Nayarit Emergency Numbers
  • Emergencias – 066 or 089
  • Michoacan Emergency Numbers:
  • Emergencias – 066
  • Cruz Roja – 065

Other Important Numbers:


  • Information for Colima residents, toll free 24/7: *5533
  • Albergues 312-3130311
  • Protección Civil 313-3130380


  • Information for Jalisco residents, toll free 24/7: *5533 (source)
  • Jalisco emergency hotline: 01322-224-7701 ext. 066
  • Cihuatlán emergency hotline: 013153556375
  • Vallarta emergency hotline – 013222250764


  • Information, Nayarit 01311-133-0381

Reunification Numbers and Websites:

Maps/Situational Awareness

Google Crisis Map

NOAA National Hurricane Center


Map of Shelters

Phone numbers for locating shelters:

  • Colima 01312-313-0311
  • Jalisco 01322-224-7701
  • Nayarit 01311-133-0381

Refugios Temporales (temporary shelter) Locations:





Red Cross

Offices & Contact Information
Cruz Roja Mexicana Sede Nacional

Juan Luis Vives 200-2 Col., Los Morales Polanco, 11510, Mexico City, Mexico

Phone: 10849000, Email:

FacebookTwitter: @CruzRoja_MX

Cruz Roja Mexicana Jalisco

Tel/Fax: 01 (33) 3614 1269, 01 800 667 4767

Email:  Facebook, Twitter: @CruzRojaJalisco

Cruz Roja Estatal Michoacan

Facebook, Twitter: @crmmichoacan


Status of Hospitals:

October 23:

  • Puerto Vallarta:  CellMex Medical Clinic medical staff are moving patients into the safest rooms of the hospital and advising all non-life-threatening patients to stay home. (source)

Hospital Locations:

Wikipedia List of Hospitals List of hospitals in Mexico

Secretaría de Salud (Department of Health), Twitter: @SSalud_mx

Urgent Needs & Relief

Reported Needs:

October 24:

October 23:

  • Google activó un sistema de alarma y un mapa de crisis que mostrará la ubicación de refugios, hospitales y rutas de evacuación. (Google Alert and Crisis Map have been activated by Google) (source).

October 22:

  • Acapulco – Type O+ blood is needed at the Rosa Maria Huerta Victoria State Hospital (source)

Vulnerable Populations


Damaged Schools:

Information on Suspensions:

October 23:

  • Jalisco – follow @SecEducacionJal for updates
  • Schools will close in Colima, Jalisco and Nayarit states. (source)
  • Colima schools all closed (source)
  • Michoacan Department of Education phone number: 3-22-01-00 al 99


Flights and Airport Status:

October 24:

  • Airports in Guadalajara and Puerto Vallarta resumed operations early Saturday morning, according to Mexican federal police. (source)
  • Airlines with cancelled flights into Mexico, including Southwest Airlines and Air Alaska, have issued statements allowing travelers to reschedule their flights or get refunds.

October 23:

  • Four flights were cancelled from Los Angeles International Airport to Puerto Vallarta. Additional flights were cancelled from John Wayne Airport and Ontario International Airport (source)
  • Interjet, Volaris and VivaAerobus canceled their flights to and from Puerto Vallarta (source)

October 22:

  • Puerto Vallarta International Airport closed (source)
  • Manzanillo Airport is closed (source)


List of Airports in Mexico (source)

Puerto Vallarta International Airport

Carretera a Tepic Km 7.5, 48311 Puerto Vallarta, Jal., Mexico

Tel: +52 322 21 1298

Maritime (Shipping, Ports)


October 24:

October 23:

  • All ports and small docks are closed to maritime navigation (source)

Roads, Bridges


October 23:

  • Para agilizar la evacuación de las zonas de riesgo, las autopistas de la costa de Jalisco y Colima operan libre de peaje (highways of the coast of Jalisco and Colima operate toll free) (source).


Status of Communication Networks

Communications Companies & Contact Information


Problems with line: 050

Phone: 01 800 123 2222

Twitter: @TelmexFacebook

Amateur Radio

October 23:

  • An emergency net has been established on 7060 kHz (LSB) from Manzanillo in the Mexican state of Colima, in anticipation of the powerful Hurricane Patricia.  According to Zian Aguirre, XE1ATZ, the emergency net will also be using 14,120 and 21,120 kHz, and he asked the Amateur Radio community to keep all three frequencies clear for emergency traffic. (source)

Repeaters and Clubs:


Status of Water Supply

Companies & Contact Information

La Comisión Nacional del Agua, Twitter: @conagua_mx

Power & Fuel

Status of Power & Gas

October 23:

  • Gobernador de Nayarit señala que se suspenderá el servicio de las gasolineras en las zonas donde afectará el huracán Nayarit, Colima, Jalisco. (Gas station´s service will not work in affected areas by Patricia) (source)
  • @CFEmx programa cortes de energía eléctrica partir de las 13:00 hrs en municipios de Colima, Jalisco y Nayarit. (Federal Electricity Commission will begin scheduling power cuts in Colima, Jalisco and Nayarit at 13:00) (source)
  • @Pemex suspende venta de gasolina y diesel después de las 13:00 horas para las ciudades de Manzanillo y Colima (PeMex will stop selling gasoline and diesel in Colima and Manzanillo after 12:00) (source)

Companies & Contact Information


Federal Electricity Commission – Jalisco and Nayarit

Telephone #: 071

Twitter: @CFE_Jalisco


State Public Service Commission of Mexicali

Telephone #: 073

Pictures and Videos

Live Webcam, Puerto Vallarta

Live Webcam, Colima

Live Newsfeed Reddit

October 24

Facebook Photos of Manzanillo

More Photos of Manzanillo

Photos of Damage to Playa Tenacita 

October 23:

Video – Patricia makes landfall in Manzanillo, Jalisco

Damage Photo Manzanillo 

Damage photos – Melaque, Jalisco


Facebook Accounts of Interest

Hurricane Patricia is an open, Facebook group for Social Media Emergency Management (SMEM), both short-term disaster response prior to, during, and after the landfall of Hurricane Patricia, as well as for long-term recovery of the community. Sponsored by

NOAA NWS National Hurricane Center

Proteccion Civil Jalisco

Enrique Peña Nieto

CFE Nacional

Secretaria de Salud – Department of Health

Secretaria de Protección Civil Guerrero

Cruz Roja Mexicana Sede Nacional

Cruz Roja Querétaro

Cruz Roja Mx Atizapán Captacion

Cruz Roja Mexicana Sede Nacional

Colima Community Page

Gobierno Colima -Official Facebook page of the Government of the State of Colima. General Coordination of Social Communication

Mario Anguiano Moreno – Governor of Colima

Ayuntamiento De Manzanillo

Gobierno de Jalisco

Puerto Vallarta                       

Puerto Vallarta Daily News

Jalisco Es Mexico

Proyecto Diez

La Voz de Michoacan

Secretaria de Proteccion Civil Guerrero

Proteccion Civil y Bomberos de Acapulco

Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance

Manzanillo Port 



Official event hashtag:  #Huracán #Patricia #HuracánPatricia

Other important hashtags: #Mexico #Hurricane #HurricanePatricia #AnimalesHuracánPatricia

Location Hashtags:

#Calimo #Col


#Jalisco #Jal

#Michoacan #Mich

#Naryarit #Nay

#vallarta, #PuertoVallarta


Twitter Accounts of Interest

Twitter List: 

@SEGOB_mx & @PcSegob Will publish information and warnings on civil protection with the directions for the public.

@gobrep President of Mexico
@PresidenciaMX Presidencia Mexico

@Telmex  Telmex

@SSalud_mx Health Dept.

@MetMEX Mexican Meteorological

@CruzRoja_MX Mexican Red Cross

@EduardoElTiempo Meteorologist and Oceanographer

@eruviel_avila Governor of the State of Mexico

@Globalerts – RedSalvavidas Alerts

@CFEmx – Comisión Federal de Electricidad

@NHC_Pacific – National Hurricane Center

@PC_Colima – Unidad Estatal de Protección Civil Colima
@CEAC_CNS – Ciudadana

@conagua_mx y @conagua_clima Comisión Nacional del Agua (National Water Commission)

@ CENAPRED_mex Cenapred – Mexico

@api_manzanillo@PortofVallarta@ptolzc Local ports

Traditional Media and Blogs


Puerto Vallarta Daily News

Proyecto Diez

La Voz de Michoacan

Radio Stations

Colima radio stations online

Guerrero radio stations online

Jalisco radio stations online

Michoacan radio stations online

Nayarit radio stations online




Facebook Pages:

Coalición Por Las Familias y Sus Animales Afectados Por El Huracán Patricia

Organizations Rescuing or Accepting Animals

Animal Shelters


Volunteers Reporting

Allyson, Aline, Cat, Alice, Dana, Julie, Laurel, Claudia, Cindy, Robin, Chris, Alberto, Yogita, Lloyd, Gerald, Siobhan