Red Cross remembers victims of the 1985 and 2017 earthquakes

The Red Cross held a ceremony to commemorate the 1985 and 2017 earthquakes.

The Red Cross held a ceremony to commemorate the 1985 and 2017 earthquakes. Photo: Red Cross

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At 7:19 p.m. this Monday, September 19, the Mexican Red Cross activated the emergency alarm as a symbolic act that represents providing help to people who need it.

This was part of the activities that the institution carried out during the commemorative act of the earthquakes of 1985 and 2017where the memory of the deceased was honored with a mourning ceremony.

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It was in the area of Red Cross ambulances in Polanco at the Miguel Hidalgo mayor’s office in Mexico City, where at 7:18 a.m. —with the participation of more than 40 volunteers and 14 ambulances—, honors were offered and a minute of silence was observed for the victims who lost their lives during the telluric movements.

At 7:23 am, the ambulances circled the Polanco Central Hospital several times, activating the emergency codes.

Thus, within the framework of the anniversary of the earthquakes of 1985 and 2017, the Red Cross urged society to foster a Civil Protection culture and to follow the following preventive recommendations in the event of an earthquake:

  • Locate the emergency exits and evacuation routes of the place where you are
  • Properly hold pictures, bookcases, shelves, filing cabinets, tables, as this will prevent them from falling easily
  • Prepare and have an emergency backpack on hand
  • Stay calm and locate the location of fire extinguishers, hydrants, first aid kits, power switches, as well as water and gas keys
  • Use the number of emergency 911
  • Identify the closest emergency services to your school, work and home
  • Prepare a Family Emergency Plan

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*jci

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