The disaster simulation Thursday morning will be a massive event. The national emergency commission said that 94 buildings will be emptied and some 60,000 persons will be moved to open locations like Parque la Sabana starting at 10 a.m..
Expats probably should not count on getting any business handled that morning. The disaster is scheduled to last through the morning. At 11 a.m. rescue workers are scheduled to respond to a collapsed building to rescue survivors.
That will be near the statue of León Cortés in Parque la Sabana.
The Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad said that its workers and employees at its subsidiaries, such as Radiográfica Costarricense S.A. and the Compañía Nacional de Fuerza y Luz, would participate. That includes 6,500 workers and 30 buildings, the state company said.
In case of a real disaster, these firms that distribute power and Internet services will have their hands full. Thursday company officials are estimating an interruption of service to customers for about an hour, although that may be optimistic.
Organizers are the Comisión Nacional de Prevención del Riesgo y Atención de Emergencias, the Red de Comités de Emergencia de los Centros de Trabajo de San José and the Municipalidad de San José.
The simulation is no surprise. There have been posters for several weeks in key buildings such as Hospital Clinica Biblica. The evacuated workers are expected to gather at Parque Nacional, the Plaza de la Democracia, the Plaza de las Garantías Sociales on Avenida 4, the boulevard in front of Correos de Costa Rica and at Avenida 5, Calle 1, said an announcement.
Downtown workers need no training. They usually fill the streets when an earthquake is felt. Simulation organizers have not laid out the scenario of the emergency, but with collapsed buildings, the disaster is almost certainly an earthquake. That probably is the only emergency that would require large quantities of people heading for open areas.