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Warden Message June 8, 2011

In Preparation for the Start of Hurricane Season June 8, 2011

Hurricane season in the Atlantic Ocean begins each year on June 1st and ends on November 30.  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center expects to see an above-normal hurricane season this year in the Atlantic.  NOAA predicts a 70 percent chance of 12 to 18 named storms, which includes 6 to 10 hurricanes, 3 to 6 of which are expected to become major hurricanes.  NOAA recommends that those in hurricane-prone regions begin preparations for the upcoming season now.

If you live in or are traveling to storm-prone regions, prepare for hurricanes and tropical storms by organizing a kit in a waterproof container that includes a supply of bottled water, non-perishable food items, a battery-powered or hand-crank radio, and vital documents (especially passport and other identification).

In addition to preparing a Hurricane Kit, we also recommend that you:

  • Stay in regular contact with family and friends in the U.S. and advise them of your whereabouts.
  • 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.
  • Protect your vital travel documents from potential water damage by placing them in a waterproof container.
  • Stay informed:

               o Hurricane Season: "Know Before You Go": 
               http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis_pa_tw_2915.html

               o National Hurricane Center: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

We strongly encourage U.S. citizens to enroll with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate through the Department of State's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) website at https://travelregistration.state.gov/ibrs/ui/.  By enrolling, you will receive the most recent security and safety updates during your trip.  Enrollment also ensures that you can be reached during an emergency.  While we will do our utmost to assist you in a crisis, be aware that local authorities bear primary responsibility for the welfare of people living or traveling in their jurisdictions.

For any emergencies involving American citizens in the Matamoros consular district, please call or visit the American Citizens Services (ACS) Unit at the U.S. Consulate General on Avenida Primera 2002, Colonia Jardin, Matamoros, Tamaulipas; telephone (011)(52)(868) 812-4402.  http://matamoros.usconsulate.gov/.