Facing hurricane “Jimena” arrival to Baja California Sur coast in September 2nd 2009, the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) has implemented the Program for Cultural Heritage Disaster Prevention (PREVINAH) to safeguard archaeological and historical sites located in this entity, as well as museum precincts.

National Civil Protection and PREVINAH brigades are active at Baja California Sur Regional Museum of History and Anthropology, Loreto Museum of Jesuit Missions, Management and Information Module at Sierra San Francisco Archaeological Zone, Mulege INAH Services Unit and Baja California Sur INAH Center.

Cultural goods in vulnerable areas have been protected at BCS INAH museums. Rooftops were cleaned to allow water flow; electric energy was disconnected, while windows and doors were reinforced.

Sierra de San Francisco Archaeological Zone is closed to public until further notice and night watch has been implemented.

Hurricane “Jimena” evolution and approach is being monitored permanently at Baja California Sur INAH Center, where preventive actions are coordinated.

As part of INAH permanent prevention program, periodical cleaning is conducted at historical monuments to evade water accumulation; wall fissure reparation to avoid filtration, as well as other conservation tasks.        

INAH conducts training programs with themes as precincts and archaeological zone protection, people’s evacuation, and toxic substances management.

Agreements with municipal and state authorities have been established to coordinate prevention work and attention to monuments if affectations were detected after the hurricane passes.

PREVINAH was implemented in 2002, approved by Disaster Prevention National Center, and it has been internationally acknowledged by its cultural heritage safeguard approach.