Navigating by Cherry trees, pink Homes in rural Puerto Rico

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CAGUAS, Puerto Rico — Firefighters in this town near Puerto Rico’s capital cheered if they recently got upgraded maps which have rural areas, confessing they occasionally had to rely on taxi drivers to get instructions during crises. That is because over 300,000 houses on the island don’t have any proper speech.

The lack of street names and amounts throughout the island has long been a problem for the U.S. land, where net map services occasionally fail. Instructions can involve a cherry tree, or even a bakery or a home of a specific color. It is a problem in urban locations, such as a district of the capital, San Juan, in which a few people today rely upon a life-size Bigfoot doll onto a balcony for a reference point for instructions to some hospital.

If you go beyond the significant breadfruit tree, you have gone too far.”

Oso Blanco prison, known as the Alcatraz of the Caribbean where hundreds of inmates were murdered, is still employed as a reference point although crews demolished it.

So becoming lost has been a decent and intermittent entertaining component of island life for a few, however, the coronavirus pandemic, a recent series of earthquakes, and also progressively busy hurricane seasons are prodding the government to solve the issue. With no address, emergency responders can’t find people immediately or provide basic equipment or medical attention when around 60 percent of houses in certain municipalities lack one.

Puerto Rico’s 78 municipalities and dozens of government agencies still use different databases that use different names for exactly the very same roads or record the very same addresses in varying manners, including 1013 or even 10-13.

Four decades back, a young boy died in San Juan since it required an ambulance 15 minutes to obtain the apartment in a complex which didn’t have a standardized speech, stated Nazario Lugothe president of Puerto Rico’s Association of Emergency Responders who had been the town’s emergency management director at the moment. And the mother couldn’t go out to flag emergency responders since she had been after CPR instructions from the 911 operator,” he explained.

The issue is so prevalent that the government even urges a home emergency program include designating someone to venture out to a major road to flag emergency responders.

As in other towns, officials in Caguas wish to prevent such tragedies.

Over the last ten years, over a hundred streets are named for the very first time, however, there are many more which require identities and it is not always simple, said Carmen Díaz, auxiliary planning manager. Street names need to be unique and they’re limited to 28 characters, which to assist areas to develop with thoughts Díaz purchased books on Puerto Rican plants and creatures, books by famous regional writers as well as suggested the title of this tune”Calma” by Puerto Rican pop singer Pedro Capó.

Díaz explained the custom of using landmarks to provide instructions isn’t sustainable: “They have already altered the color of the pink home or cut that tree down.”

It is those kinds of instructions that Caguas resident Luz Martínez utilized to rely on until her neighborhood got road names and house numbers. She told people to request her famous neighbor”Nazario” when they have lost en route to her residence.

“It was quite complex,” she explained.

José Díaz Dede discovered his title won while at a nursing home, but he died before he can see the signal go up. Antonia Díaz, who’s 106, still resides on the road named for her.

Not everybody, however, needs to be on a map. Ríos said some people today resist since they’ve added a swimming pool or other attribute to their residence without licenses. And several individuals have their official speeches recorded as post office boxes — together with clusters of rusting boxes scattering rural paths around the island — and do not wish to change to some other address.