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Hurricane Kenna, San Blas


December 1, 2002

•San Blas: One Month After Hurricane Kenna

We were wondering how things are one month after the hurricane. We love San Blas, having been there five times in the last ten years, and had been thinking of returning for christmas.... Are tourists welcome or a nuisance at this stage?

Tom replies: As of now the town has been cleaned up. Almost all the rubble has been removed and power has been restored....Don’t feel guilty about coming as a tourist. It’s the one of the best contributions you can make to San Blas. Stimulate the economy.... (more) by Tom Nelson

•¿What Happened to the People of San Blas?

Shortly after Tom's articles appeared on The People's Guide to Mexico website, people started asking about how they could help, I asked Tom if he would be willing to start a fund to help the poorest people of San Blas....

Tom also generously agreed to answer emails from people concerned about friends in San Blas. Following are some of his replies over the last month. I’m publishing them on the website both for general interest and for others who may be wondering about the same friends in San Blas.... (more) Answers by Tom Nelson

November 2002

•Friends of San Blas: Donations to help those most in need

I’ve had a good response from several of you re: donations to help the people of San Blas.I’m setting up a fund here, "Friends of San Blas" to help those most in need..... (more) by Tom Nelson

San Blas: 9 days after Hurricane Kenna

Everyone here is very surprised at the response time of the Mexican Govt. in dealing with this disaster. The army has moved in a large field kitchen, located in the primary school in the center of town, and are serving 3 free meals a day. People from Tepic, Puerto Vallarta and other town are driving the streets handing out packages of food and clothing. About 25% of the city now has power and the power commission is still working 24 hrs. a day....San Blas is famous for mosquitos, but even the people here have never seen mosquitos like this.... (more) by Tom Nelson

October 2002

San Blas after Hurricane Kenna

I'm in Tepic at an internet cafe. We have no power, water or phones in San Blas and I don't know for sure when we will. Estimates are 3 days to 3 weeks. The govt is working hard to restore power and is supplying food, blankets, bedding, purified water and many other things.... (more) by Tom Nelson

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