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Eastern Caribbean Public Announcement

Issued by U.S. State Department

Aug 16, 2007

This Public Announcement is being issued to inform U.S. citizens of Hurricane Dean, which is expected to make landfall on the Windward and Leeward Islands of the Caribbean on Friday, August 17.  This Public Announcement expires on August 30, 2007.

As of the morning of August 16, Hurricane Dean was a category 1 storm, with sustained winds of up to 75 miles per hour.  There are hurricane warnings and watches in effect across the region.

The National Hurricane Center predicts that Hurricane Dean will pass south of Puerto Rico and approach the southern regions of the Dominican Republic and Haiti, moving towards Jamaica, the southern coast of Cuba and the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico.  Providing accurate storm models at this time is difficult, and the trajectory and velocity of the storm can change at any time.

U.S. citizens in affected regions should immediately head to higher ground and/or identify shelter, monitor local media reports, and follow the instructions of local emergency officials.  Visitors should be familiar with their hotel or cruise ship evacuation plans.  U.S. citizens should carry their travel documents (i.e. U.S. passport, birth certificate, picture IDs, etc.) with them at all times or secure them by placing them in a safe, waterproof location.

Additionally, all American citizens in the area are reminded to stay in contact with friends and family in the United States to keep them apprised of their current whereabouts.

Flights into and out of the affected islands may be suspended at any time, and current flights may fill quickly.  Flights into and out of neighboring islands may experience flight delays as a result.  Travelers should contact the airlines for updated information on flight availability.  Access to sea ports may be similarly affected.

For the most up-to-date track of the hurricane and updates, please visit The National Hurricane Centers website at http://www.nhc.noaa.gov.  Citizens living in areas that may be affected may also contact their local civil protection or law enforcement office for updated information about the storm and preparedness measures to take.

Further information on hurricanes and hurricane preparedness is available on the State Department website at: http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/hurricane_season/hurricane_season_2915.html. 

Additional useful links are listed at http://www.travel.state.gov/travel/tips/emergencies/emergencies_1207.html.

The U.S. Embassy in Bridgetown, Barbados, which has consular jurisdiction over most of the affected region, remains open for business, but could suspend operations at any time as the hurricane approaches.  The ability of the Embassy to provide assistance after the hurricane may be limited by disruptions in communications and by conditions on the ground.  The Consular Section of the Embassy can be reached during regular business hours (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) by telephone at (246) 431-0225; by fax at (246) 431-0179; and by e-mail at consularbridge2@state.gov.  After hours, in case of emergency, a duty officer can be reached by calling the Embassy switchboard at (246) 436-4950 and dialing ext. 2210 to speak to the Marine security guard on duty.

The U.S. Consulate General in Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles, has consular jurisdiction over the islands of Saba and St. Eustatius.  The Consulate General is located at J.B. Gorsiraweg #1, Willemstad, Curaçao, telephone 011 (599-9) 461-3066; fax 011 (599-9) 461-6489; e-mail address: acscuracao@state.gov, and via the Internet at http://netherlands.usembassy.gov/.

The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, is located at the corner of Calle Cesar Nicolas Penson and Avenida Maximo Gomez.  The American Citizens Services unit can be reached by telephone at (809) 731-4294, or via the Internet at http://www.usemb.gov.do/Consular/ACS/acs-e-contact.htm.  Consular office hours are 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays.  There is a Consular Agency in Puerto Plata at Calle Beller 51, 2nd floor, office 6, telephone (809) 586-4204; office hours are 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., and 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except holidays.

The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, is located at 104, rue Oswald Durand, Port-au-Prince. The Consular Section can be reached by telephone at 011 (509) 223-7011, 223-6440, 223-6443, 223-6421, 223-6426, 223-6424, 223-6407, 223-7008, or 222-0200; by fax at 011 (509) 223-9665; by email at acspap@hotmail.com; and via the Internet: http://portauprince.usembassy.gov/. Hours are 7:30 am to 2:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except Thursdays, 7:30 to 11:00 a.m. The Consular Section is closed on U.S. and local holidays.

The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in St. Georges, Grenada, can be reached during regular business hours (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) by telephone at 011-1-473-444-1173; by fax at 011-1-473-444-4820; and by e-mail at  usemb_gd@caribsurf.com.  After hours, in case of emergency, a duty officer can be reached by calling 1-473-407-2495.

The U.S. Embassy in Mexico is located in Mexico City, Mexico, at Paseo de la Reforma 305, Colonia Cuauhtemoc; and can be reached during normal business hours by telephone from the U.S.: 011-52-55-5080-2000; telephone within Mexico City: 5080-2000; telephone long distance within Mexico 01-55-5080-2000.  Embassy by e-mail at: ccs@usembassy.net.mx.  And by Internet address at http://www.usembassy-mexico.gov/.

The U.S. Consulate in Merida, Mexico, is located at  Calle 60 No. 338 K x 29 y 31, Col. Alcala Martin; telephone 011 (52)(999) 942-5700.

The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Kingston, Jamaica, is located at 142 Old Hope Road in the Liguanea area of Kingston, tel. (876) 702-6000.  Office hours are 7:15 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with window services available Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., except local and U.S. holidays.  For emergencies after hours, on weekends, and holidays, call the U.S. Embassy duty officer through the main switchboard at (876) 702-6000.

The U.S. Consular Agency in Montego Bay, Jamaica, is located at St. James Place, 2nd Floor, Gloucester Avenue, tel. (876) 952-0160.  Office hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30.  Email is consagency@candw.ky.

The Consular Section of the U.S. Interests Section in Havana, Cuba can, be reached during regular business hours (M-F, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) by telephone at 011 (537) 833-3551 thru 9; by fax at 011 (537) 833-1084; and by email at consularhavana@state.gov. For after hours emergencies, please call the duty officer at 011 (535) 280-5791

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