Earthquakes, hurricanes, and tsunamis are only some of the natural disasters threatening the safety of U.S. citizens abroad. When natural disasters occur abroad, the Department of State and U.S. embassies and consulates in the affected country stand ready around the clock to locate and assist U.S. citizens in need.
Click on the links below to learn more about how to prepare for natural disasters. Please note these are other U.S. Government and United Nations web sites and are not maintained by the U.S. Department of State.
- Tropical Storm Season - Know Before You Go
- Ready.gov – FEMA Guide to Citizen Preparedness
- DisasterAssistance.gov (FEMA)
- Emergency Preparedness and Response (CDC)
- NASA Natural Hazards Reference Database (NASA)
- Disasters and Maps (FEMA)
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
- ReliefWeb (United Nations)
- International Association of Emergency Managers
- UNHCR (The UN Refugee Agency)
- Bereavement and Loss (FEMA)
We are aware of the difficult choices and decisions which must be made during an evacuation, and the Department of State stands ready to assist U.S. citizens; however pets usually cannot be accommodated on an evacuation flight. Whenever possible, you should make arrangements for someone in country to take care of your pets.