The United States Government has no higher responsibility than to protect U.S. citizens and ensure their well-being while traveling or residing abroad. Many potential threats can be managed, or their adverse impacts mitigated, through awareness and preparation. Knowing what to do before, during and after an emergency is critical. It is important that you know how to respond to natural disasters, such as earthquakes and flooding, as well as to man-made emergencies, such as utility outages.
Steps to Mitigate Your Risk in an Emergency
The Federal Emergency Management Agency recommends that you take three basic steps to mitigate your risk in an emergency:
Visit the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s website for information about different types of emergencies and how you can respond them.
Enroll with the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) so that the Embassy can send you important warnings and communications before, during and after an emergency.
Stay aware of your surroundings and current events in Venezuela, and refer to U.S. Department of state information about Venezuela: Country Specific Information, Travel Warnings, and U.S. Embassy Messages for U.S. citizens.
Make a Plan for Your Family
Communicate with your family the importance of being prepared in an emergency and prepare to assist your family members in an emergency. You and your family members may not be together when an emergency strikes, so you will need a plan for how you will communicate with one another. You will also need to make arrangements for access to you residence, functional needs such as food and water, caring for pets, and safely shutting-off utilities where you live. Additionally, you may want to inquire about emergency plans at work, daycare, and school. For more information, please see U.S. Department of Homeland Security Website.
Make sure to gather all vital documents in a secure location and make photocopies which you keep separately. Ensure your passport is valid. Renew your passport today!
When traveling, leave your itinerary and contact information with family/friends at home, and arrange for regular communication with family and friends through email or phone calls.
Create an Emergency Kit
Prepare an emergency supply kit, containing basic items that your household may need in the event of an emergency. It is possible that you may have to survive on your own after an emergency. We recommend having enough water, food, medicine, and other supplies your family determines are critical for survival to last at least 72 hours. Keep in mind that basic services such as electricity, public water, gas, sewage treatment and telephones may be cut off.
Be sure that all your family members know how to access the kit and use items in the kit appropriately.