Information for U.S. Citizens Affected By Natural Disasters Mangkhut and Florence

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A satellite image of a super typhoon.
A NASA satellite image as Super Typhoon Mangkhut moves west towards the Philippines on September 12, 2018.

Information for U.S. Citizens Affected By Natural Disasters Mangkhut and Florence

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. 

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. 

To avoid disaster-related scams and rumors and to ensure you have the most accurate hurricane response information, you can also follow @FEMA on Twitter.

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

Editor’s Note: This entry also appears in the U.S. Department of State’s publication on Medium.