Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Typhoon

The Embassy of the United States is transmitting the following information as a public service to U.S. Citizens in the Philippines. Please disseminate this message to all U.S. Citizens in your organization or neighborhood. Thank you.

The U.S. Embassy cautions U.S. citizens that Category 4 Typhoon Nock-Ten (Philippine name, “Nina”) is expected to make landfall near Catanduanes at approximately 8 p.m. on December 25, 2016. The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has issued a warning for the following areas: Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Albay, Sorsogon, Masbate, Southern Quezon, Marinduque, Metro Manila, Aurora, Romblon, Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Leyte, Northern Samar and Eastern Samar. Expect extremely high winds, dangerous storm tides, heavy rainfall, and possible flooding to occur.

All U.S. citizens living in or traveling to the area should monitor the typhoon’s track by listening to the radio, watching television, or viewing the Philippine Tropical Cyclone website, the PAGASA website<http://www.pagasa.dost.gov.ph/>, or The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) website. More immediate updates from PAGASA are available on PAGASA’s Facebook page. For more information on emergencies in the Philippines, please visit the web sites for Philippine Red Cross and the NDRRMC.

In the event the typhoon affects your area, locate shelter, monitor media reports, and follow all official instructions. Carry your travel documents at all times (i.e. U.S. passport, birth certificate, picture ID’s, etc.) or secure them in a safe, waterproof location. You should also contact friends and family in the United States with updates about your whereabouts. Additional information on storm preparedness may be found on the State Department’s Tropical Storm Season webpage..

It is possible that weather conditions may require that the Embassy temporarily close. In the event of a weather-related closure, the Embassy will issue a message. Please continue to monitor the Embassy’s website<http://manila.usembassy.gov/service.html> for updated information.

For further information:

  • See the State Department’s travel website  for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and the Philippines Country Specific Information.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Contact the U.S. Embassy in Manila, Philippines, located at 1201 Roxas Boulevard, at +(63) (2) 301-2000, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +(63) (2) 301-2000.
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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