Hurricane Season 2008

Hurricane Hurricane Ivan Hurricane Wilma

Hurricane Wilma and Ivan, Mexico and Caribbean


Status Updates

The Bahamas and The Turks and Caicos Islands (1 pm EDT, 4 Sept)

  • Embassy Nassau will be closed September 4 and 5 and plans to reopen on Monday September 8, 2008.
  • International airports in The Bahamas and The Turks and Caicos are currently open until further notice. However, flights may be canceled. Please check with your airline prior to any travel.

Mexico (1 pm EDT, 18 August)

  • The Government of Mexico’s hurricane alert system for the Yucatan Peninsula, which includes the cities of Cancun, Cozumel, and Playa del Carmen, is currently set at “green” (low danger), the second lowest tier of a five-tiered system.

Contact Us

For situations involving death of or injury to an American citizen, contact the OCS Call Center call: at 1-800-407-4747 (from overseas: 202-501-4444)

Traveler’s Checklist:
  1. Prior to leaving the United States, register your travel plans on the State Department’s travel registration website or at the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.
  2. Check with your tour operator, airline, or charter flight company (as appropriate) regarding travel services back to the U.S. in the event of a hurricane, and the possibility of early return if a storm is forecasted for your region.
  3. Obtain a cell phone that works internationally to stay in regular contact with family and friends in the U.S. and advise them of your whereabouts.
  4. Research the region you’re visiting and be familiar with local medical facilities, public transportation, travel agents, and other emergency resources.
  5. Pack a first-aid kit and water treatment purification tablets.
  6. Keep extra bottled water and non-perishable food items on hand.
  7. Keep an up-to-date list of local emergency phone numbers, as well as contact numbers for the nearest U.S. Embassy, Consulate, or Consular Agency.
  8. Protect your vital travel documents from potential water damage by placing them in a waterproof container.
  9. Pack a portable, hand-crank or battery-powered weather radio and flashlight with fresh batteries.
  10. Obtain travel insurance prior to your trip to cover unexpected expenses in the event of an emergency.
  11. Leave a detailed itinerary and your local contact information with a friend or family member in the U.S.

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