A Message to U.S. Citizens About Hurricane and Typhoon Season

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
June 6, 2012
Satellite Image Showing Hurricane Bill

U.S. citizens traveling to storm-prone regions during hurricane and typhoon season should carefully consider the potential dangers and inconveniences associated with their travel before finalizing plans. Even inland areas far from the coastline can experience destructive winds, tornadoes, and floods from tropical storms, hurricanes, and typhoons. Those who choose to travel should devise an emergency plan in advance of their departure. Prior to leaving the United States, enroll your trip on the State Department's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at the travel enrollment website or at the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

For U.S. citizens overseas, in the event of a tropical storm, hurricane, or typhoon, the U.S. embassy will send out emergency messages and will monitor the storm's track, issuing updated messages as information becomes available. The Department of State may also issue Travel Alerts or Travel Warnings to apprise the traveling public of the situation. You must provide an email address when you enroll in STEP to receive storm information. You can also view information on the U.S. embassy's or consulate's website and by visiting www.travel.state.gov. In addition, you can review our recently issued Travel Alert on the 2012 hurricane and typhoon season.

If you are living abroad, please also take this time to check your travel documents and those of your family members to ensure that all U.S. passports are still valid and that any non-U.S. citizen family members have valid U.S. visas. You may need to travel to the United States on short notice and would not want to be stuck without valid travel documents.

For situations involving an injury to, or the death of, a U.S. citizen overseas, contact the Office of Overseas Citizens Services at 1-800-407-4747 (from overseas: 202-501-4444).

For additional travel information and the traveler's checklist, click here.

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