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Weather Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (November 19, 2023)
November 19, 2023

Weather Alert – U.S. Embassy Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (November 19, 2023)


Location:  Throughout Dominican Republic


Event:  The Emergency Operations Center (COE) of the Dominican Republic has issued a red alert for 14 provinces and a yellow alert for 11 provinces related to heavy rainfall and flooding from a tropical depression that began November 18 and is expected to continue across portions of the Dominican Republic for the next 24 hours.  The heavy rainfall has already produced significant and life-threatening flash and urban flooding, with 18 confirmed deaths.  


The Dominican Government has declared the time period from November 18 at 10:00 PM to November 20 at 7:00 AM as non-work days, and local schools are closed November 20 and 21.  


The Embassy will be closed to the public on November 20, including the cancellation of all in-person services such as visa, passport, federal benefits, and notarial appointments.  Affected applicants received updates and instructions for their new appointment date via email.  Please monitor our webpage and social media for future updates on Consular operations. 


U.S. citizens needing assistance should call 809-567-7775 or email SDOAmericans@state.gov


Actions to Take:

  • Do not walk, swim, or drive through flood waters.
  • Move to higher ground or higher floors to avoid rising waters.
  • Stay off bridges and do not move through flood water.
  • If your vehicle is stuck in water, only depart the vehicle for higher ground if it is safe to do so; check for water depth, and that water is not swiftly moving (as little as 6 inches of fast-moving water can make adults fall, and one foot of moving water can move vehicles).
  • If your vehicle is trapped in rapidly moving water, stay inside.  If water is rising inside of the vehicle, seek refuge on the roof. 
  • Remain current on weather, road and water conditions through news sources such as the National Hurricane Center https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/.
  • Contact police or other authorities if you encounter dangerous conditions and follow warnings and directions provided.  If you have an emergency, call 911.  The tourist police (POLITUR) central number is 809-200-3500 (assistance available in English) or via mobile app “POLITUR APP”.
  • Spanish language alerts are available from the website of the Dominican Emergency Operations Center (COE) http://www.coe.gob.do/ or via their mobile app “alertaCOE”.
  • U.S. citizen residents and visitors are strongly encouraged to enroll in the Smart Traveler Program, which enables the Embassy to share both emergency and routine information relevant to the Dominican Republic at https://step.state.gov/.
  • Visit Ready.gov for tips on emergency preparedness
  • Update and review your family’s contingency plans.  All U.S. citizens should have evacuation plans that do not rely on U.S. government assistance.
  • Make sure your travel documents are up to date and easily accessible.
  • If you are in an emergency and are safe, be sure to notify friends and loved ones.