Global Announcement Global Announcement
Issued by US Department of State
Jan 27, 2003
Among the highest priorities of the Department of State and our missions
abroad is the safety and security of locally-resident Americans overseas. In
the past year, the Department has intervened to assist in the evacuation of
Americans from half a dozen countries throughout the world as a result of
serious political or economic unrest, natural disasters, and terrorist
attacks. Hundreds of expatriate Americans each year are forced by
personalemergencies (e.g. death or illness in the family) to return to the
U.S. on short notice. Evacuations, especially under crisis conditions, are
inevitably very disruptive and distressing for those involved.
The State Department routinely provides standard advice to its employees on
prudent steps to take to ensure they would be prepared in the event of such
an evacuation. This and other advice on crisis preparedness is available on
the Department's Web site at http://travel.state.gov, and we are summarizing
the principal points below. The Department commends these elementary steps
to you for your careful consideration.
-- Assemble all vital documents such as passports, birth and marriage
records, vaccination, insurance and bank records in one readily accessible
-- Check to be sure your passport and any necessary visas are valid and that
you are registered at the Embassy/Consulate with your current address and
phone number. If you need to obtain a new passport or to update your
registration, please do so at the Embassy as soon as possible (fill in the
times and days). Visa processing can take several weeks. Immediate family
members should keep their U.S. visas current and apply for visas with as
much time in advance of planned travel as possible.
-- Make or update as necessary a complete inventory of your household
effects, in duplicate.
-- Maintain an adequate supply of food, water, and necessary medications in
your home. Make sure your car is in good working order. Keep the gas tank
full and check oil, coolant, tires, and battery.
We do not want American citizens to become unduly alarmed. These are
precautionary measures only. Given the potential for acts of violence,
terrorism, or anti-American demonstrations, we believe it is important for
all citizens to maintain readiness for all possibilities in case of an
emergency. We will promptly inform you of any significant developments and
advise you accordingly.
The Department of State encourages all American citizens residing abroad to
register their presence and obtain up-to-date information on security
conditions at the nearest American Embassy or Consulate.