ROSELLE PARK, NJ - Jeff Grossmueller wanted to give his wife Amber a great present for their 10-year wedding anniversary. He surprised her with a trip to Cabo San Lucas.
The couple left on Sept. 11 for what was going to be a trip of a life time. What they didn’t expect was a hurricane on the horizon. As they waited by the hotel, the couple took a video of the impending storm, not realizing how their lives would be turned upside down in just a few hours.
Hurricane Odile made landfall as a Category 3 and the strongest storm on record to ever hit Mexico's southern Baja California peninsula late Sunday, with wind speeds of 125 mph.
Amber’s parents Pete and Jeanne Bonacci and their son Peter, who live in Roselle Park, spoke with TAPinto.RosellePark.net on Thursday, asking for help to spread the word in the hopes that someone will hear their plea and that others will want to help spread the word to get their children back home safely.
While taking care of the couple's three children--ages 7, 3 and four months old--the family sits by the phone and waits for any news they can get. Phone contact has been scarce. The Bonaccis' first call from their kids, letting them know that they made it through the storm, didn’t come for two days.
According Mr. Bonacci, a second call was received on Wednesday at 3 p.m. “The call was very crackled. They told us that the had no food [or] water, and as night time approaches they were in fear for their lives. Basically, they are in survival mode. ...They also told us that there is looting everywhere. The businesses just left the doors open and police just stand there”.
Mr. Bonacci has been in contact with Roselle Park Mayor Joseph Accardi and New Jersey State Senator Robert Mendendez in the hopes that they can get help in some way to their children and get them back home safely.
The only flights going out Cabo are federal flights, no domestics. While safe areas have been set up at the airport, and some people are being lifted to other running airports, others such as this couple have bigger problems because there is no way to get to the airport.
Peter Bonacci, their son, posted on Facebook the following: “The Mexican government is not allowing aid to come and transport citizens out of Baja, California. There is limited contact. No fresh water, food or power in the area please help and spread the word to help!”
TAPinto Roselle/Roselle Park will keep everyone posted as developments arise.
For more information on protecting yourself while traveling, FEMA offers this advice: Be Prepared For Emergencies While Traveling | FEMA.gov