Hurricane Season in the Atlantic runs through November 30. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center expects the 2020 season to be above average. As we have entered peak hurricane season, we believe you must be prepared in case a disaster occurs or you have an emergency. For the Embassy of the United States, disaster preparedness is essential for the safety and security of Dominicans and U.S. citizens alike.
Preparedness is key this hurricane season, especially during the current pandemic crisis. This year, your emergency plan might look different due to COVID-19 and you should continue to practice preventative health measures whenever possible such as frequently washing your hands, covering your face, and following social distancing norms. So, how can we be ready for the season? You can build a “go bag”, always have an emergency supply kit, have a family disaster plan, and stay informed. If you would like specific details on how to prepare you and your family visit ready.gov. Also, continue to check the Centro de Operaciones de Emergencias website, coe.gob.do, frequently for updated local information.
Lastly, we strongly recommend that all U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in the Dominican Republic enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates and makes it easier for the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate to contact you in an emergency.