In recent years, Mexico has been the center of several hurricanes and tropical storms that have left enormous damage: loss of crops and even entire communities. However, the cultural heritage, consisting of 185 archaeological sites open to the public, it has not been severely damaged.
This is because since a decade, the Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (INAH-Conaculta) operates the Disaster Prevention Program on Cultural Heritage (Previnah), in coordination with the National Center of Disaster Prevention (Cenapred), with the mission to protect the assets under their custody and that are located in coastal areas of the country.
Humberto Carrillo Ruvalcaba, National Coordinator of INAH Centers, says that every year during the rainy season and hurricane season that program is implemented in order to prevent possible damages due to this kind of natural phenomena, reports Milenio.
Preventive measures are to face heavy rains can cause landslides over the archaeological areas.
Also, storms can cause runoff in pre-Hispanic murals, water leaks in walls and ceilings that can attract moisture, excluding landslides that may occur in the archaeological sites located near the sea, rivers, lakes or lagoons.
Particularly the INAH recognized by its geographical location, some archaeological sites are more susceptible to the effects of hurricanes for example: Tulum, Xel-Ha, Xcaret, El Rey and Coba in Quintana Roo; Chicanná, Hochob, Hormiguero, Santa Rosa Xtampak and Dzibilnocac, in Campeche: besides Uxmal, Dzibilchaltún, Chichen Itza and Sayil in Yucatan.
On November 1st in 2012 was inaugurated the Maya Museum of Cancun, which invested 200 million pesos and is the largest and most modern space constructed by the INAH for a museum since 1987.
The Maya Museum of Cancun allows the public to admire more than 350 archaeological objects, some of them have never been shown before, is built on 17,000 square meters and has more than a thousand meters of green areas which is connected to the surrounding Mayan Ruins of San Miguelito, is located on the km 16 of the boulevard Kukulcan, in the Hotel Zone of Cancun.
Cancún is an area that has been hit by strongs hurricanes; in 2013 the INAH decided to protect the Mayan Museum of Cancun, from the storms or hurricanes, so they convened to a open contest and received some proposals from several companies. After that the engineers and architects reviewed in detail the proposals they chose Hurricane Solution due to its system because has a high level of protection and was not another system that could improved the advantages offered by Hurricane Solution.