The U.S Department of State continues to monitor the strength and path of Hurricane Matthew
As of 8 p.m. September 30, the Department of State extended authorized departure to family members and non-essential personnel of Embassy Kingston. The decision to authorize departure was due to the increasing strength of Hurricane Mathew and the designation of the hurricane as Category 4.
We recommend to American citizens to depart Jamaica if possible, but for those who are unable to depart, we continue to recommend to shelter in place in a secure location. For information on shelters provided by the Government of Jamaica, please visit the website of the Office of Disaster Preparedness & Emergency Management (ODPEM) of Jamaica.
For information on the status of Hurricane Matthew, please consult the NOAA website. ODPEM will also be giving frequent updates on local radio stations in Jamaica.
For further information:
- See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Jamaica 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.
- Emergencies involving U.S. citizens can be reported by contacting the American Citizen Services (ACS) Unit of the U.S. Embassy’s Consular Section, located at 142 Old Hope Road in the Liguanea area of Kingston, telephone (876) 702-6000, and e-mail at KingstonACS@state.gov. The U.S. Consular Agency in Montego Bay is located at Whitter Village, Ironshore, telephone (876) 953-0620.
- 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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