As Super Typhoon Mangkhut approaches the Philippines, Hong Kong, Macau, and mainland China, and Hurricane Florence makes landfall on the Carolina coast, consider this important safety and security information.
U.S. Citizens Abroad
The safety and security of U.S. citizens overseas is one of the highest priorities for the Department of State. U.S. citizens abroad should ensure they are enrolled in the Smart Traveller Enrollment Program for important updates, monitor the State Department’s Travel website, and review our Crisis Abroad page for additional advice.
Super Typhoon #Mangkhut is expected to impact the Philippines, Hong Kong, Macau, and mainland China. U.S. citizens in the area are urged to check in on social media and with family and friends to let them know you are safe. https://t.co/lPOUThUTyr— Travel - State Dept (@TravelGov) September 13, 2018
We urge U.S. citizens in the impacted areas who are safe to contact their loved ones directly and/or update their social media status. If you are in an emergency situation, please contact local authorities in that emergency situation.
U.S. Citizens in the United States and U.S. Territories Abroad
The Federal Emergency Response Agency (FEMA) leads the disaster response in the United States and U.S. territories abroad. FEMA has set up a Hurricane Florence Resource Page, which includes information on shelters and other immediate disaster assistance.
Please share this safety info for #Florence:— FEMA (@fema) September 14, 2018
If trapped in a building, go to the highest floor.
Do not climb into a closed attic; you may get trapped by rising floodwater.
Get on the roof only if necessary.
Call 9-1-1 for emergencies. pic.twitter.com/Hna2aGpmMP
Stay Prepared for Hurricane Season
The Atlantic hurricane season continues until November 30, with the peak occurring between mid-August and late October. The Eastern Pacific hurricane season ends November 30. For more information on actions to take when you are affected by a hurricane or for warning alerts and tips on what to do before, during, and after a hurricane go to Ready.gov.
With the effects of #Florence expected on the coast starting Wed night, now is the time to finish preparing. Check updates from local officials often & have multiple ways to stay informed. Be ready even if you're far from the coast, as severe flash flooding is expected inland. pic.twitter.com/2DVBeeqwBy— FEMA (@fema) September 11, 2018
Editor’s Note: This entry also appears in the U.S. Department of State’s publication on Medium.