Information from US Consulate regarding Travel due to Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma UPDATE and Hurricane Jose



The following information is intended for U.S. citizens impacted by Hurricanes Irma and or Jose who are located OUTSIDE of the United States, including outside of Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

For information on how to locate or contact a loved one who is currently INSIDE the United States, including in Florida, Puerto Rico or the U.S. Virgin Islands – please see the information at the end of this message.


The Department of State warns U.S. citizens to avoid travel to The Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Cuba, and the Eastern Caribbean due to continuing hazardous conditions in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. We continue to monitor the track of Hurricane Jose.

The safety and security of U.S. citizens overseas is a top priority of the Department of State.  The hurricanes brought significant rainfall and wind resulting in life-threatening flooding, mudslides, and storm surges.  Disruptions to travel and services have been reported throughout the path of the hurricane.  U.S. citizens should follow the emergency instructions provided by local authorities.

We urge U.S. citizens in the impacted area who are safe to contact their loved ones directly and/or update their social media status.


We recommend U.S. citizens who were unable to depart in advance of the hurricane’s arrival to shelter in place in a secure location.


If you are in the affected area and need immediate emergency services, please contact local authorities. 


Local numbers for police and emergency services:

  • Cuba: 106
  • Haiti: +509-3838-11 or +509-3733-3640
  • The Dominican Republic: 911
  • The Bahamas: 919 or 911
  • St. Maarten (Dutch side): 911
  • St. Martin and St. Barthélemy: The French Ministry of Interior has set up a public line emergency line: Tel: 01 82 71 03 37.
  • St. Eustatius:  911 (police) and 910 or 912 (medical)
  • Saba:  911 (police) and 912 (medical)


For U.S. Citizens in Dutch St. Maarten:  The Department of State is working with the Department of Defense to continue evacuation flights on September 11. U.S. citizens desiring to leave should proceed to the airport to arrive as early as is safe to do so, but no later than noon on Monday carrying their U.S. passport or other proof of U.S. citizenship and identity. Passengers may be allowed carry on one small bag.  Medications and any other essential items should be carried on your person.

Communication infrastructure has been heavily damaged.  There is no U.S. consular presence on the island.  U.S. citizens should follow the instructions provided by local authorities and call 911 locally if they require immediate assistance.  Shelters are available at the following locations:

  • New Testament Baptist Church in Philipsburg;
  • Sister Marie-Laurence Primary School in Middle Region;
  • Belvedere Community Center in Belvedere;
  • Dutch Quarter Community Center in Dutch Quarter;
  • Rupert I Maynard Youth Community Center St. Peters;
  • NIPA National Institute for Professional Advancement Cay Hill;
  • Christian Fellowship Church Across from Pineapple Pete’s Cole Bay.


For U.S. Citizens in French St. Martin:  There is no U.S. consular presence on the island.  Communication with St. Martin is slowly being reestablished, and we continue to reach out to French authorities to determine what additional relief and rescue efforts are underway and to identify options for U.S. citizens.  Local authorities continue to recommend all affected by the storm to shelter in place.  The French Ministry of Interior has set up a public line emergency line (Tel: 01 82 71 03 37) and provided a list of shelters in St. Martin and in St. Barthelemy.  As soon as we have more information regarding St. Martin and assistance to U.S. citizens there, we will update this website to keep U.S. citizens affected by the storm informed.


For U.S. Citizens in Anguilla, the British Virgin Islands, and St. Barthelemy:  Communication with these islands is slowly being reestablished, and we continue to reach out to the British and French authorities to determine what additional relief and rescue efforts are underway.  Local authorities continue to recommend all affected by the storm to shelter in place.  If you need food or water, you should seek local assistance where possible.


You can inform the Department of State about U.S. citizens affected by the hurricane who require emergency assistance through the following ways:

Visit Task Force Alert (tfa.state.govand select “2017 Hurricane Irma.”

o   If you are entering information about a U.S. citizen in Dutch St. Maarten, Anguilla, Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Saba, or St. Eustatius use “Netherlands” as the Last Known Country.

o   If you are entering information about a U.S. citizen in the British Virgin Islands, French St. Martin, Montserrat, St. Barthélemy, or St. Kitts and Nevis, use “Barbados” as the Last Known Country.

o   If you are entering information about a U.S. citizen in Turks and Caicos, use “The Bahamas” as the Last Known Country.

o   If you have difficulty using Task Force Alert, please email and provide as much information as possible about your loved one.


Email and provide as much information as possible (at a minimum, please provide their full name, gender, and last known location within country, if known).


Call us at 1-888-407-4747 (from the U.S. & Canada), +1-202-501-4444 (from Overseas).  If you are concerned about non-U.S. citizens in Saba, St Eustatius, and St Maarten, please see the Netherlands Red Cross Safe and Well website.


We advise U.S. citizens to read and follow Department of State Travel Warnings:

Current and anticipated operational status of associated U.S. embassies:

  • Cuba: Consular operations at U.S. Embassy Havana remain open for limited services at this time.
  • Haiti: Consular operations at U.S. Embassy Port-au-Prince remain open for limited services at this time.
  • Dominican Republic: Consular operations at U.S. Embassy in Santo Domingo remain open for limited services at this time.
  • The Bahamas: Consular operations at the U.S. Embassy in Nassau will remain open for emergency services.  U.S. citizens should contact the U.S. Embassy or Department of State in Washington for emergency services.

Please see the latest Emergency Message on the applicable U.S. Embassy websites for additional information about this event:


U.S. citizens traveling and residing abroad are encouraged to enroll their travel plans on our website,, using the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), and to read the Country Specific Information also found on the site.







If you are a citizen or a national of another country (NOT the United States), please contact your country’s nearest Embassy or Consulate in the United States for information on assistance with locating a non-US citizen loved one.



Additionally, the following links provide information on how to locate a loved one – regardless of nationality – impacted by Hurricane Irma who is currently INSIDE the United States, including Florida, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.


Please contact State and Territorial Emergency Management or Police at the following links:


Florida Emergency Management Organization

Government of Puerto Rico

Government of the U.S. Virgin Islands


For U.S. Red Cross Emergency Response and Shelter Information in the United States, including Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, please visit the following sites:


General Information:

South Florida:

Central Florida

North Florida


South Carolina

Puerto Rico

U.S. Virgin Islands

Red Cross Safe and Well


Additional information can be found at the U.S Federal Emergency Management Agency web site:

Federal Emergency Management Agency

5 Steps For A Newly Diagnosed Cancer Patient

A cancer diagnosis often comes with many emotions and feelings – surprise, shock, anger, fear, sadness, hopelessness, and others.  While you are processing these emotions, your doctor is likely giving you information on your diagnosis, treatment, prognosis, services available to you, and next steps.

Many patients report their initial meeting a complete blur and the only word they heard was ‘cancer’. Studies show that many cancer patients don’t fully understand their prognosis, type of cancer or the kinds of treatment(s) available to them. In many cases the patient is too overwhelmed with all of the information and they are unable to fully grasp their disease.

There are many ways to help someone get focused and really understand their unique cancer.  Here are 5 tips to help keep your mind from overloading and gaining focus on how:

  1. Do not rely solely on the internet for information.  The internet is a great resource for research, however, there is so much out information there, how are you to know what is accurate and what is not?  Some stories and articles will scare the bejeezus out of you!  Someone that is newly diagnosed will already have a lot of information to decipher.  Recognizing inaccurate and misleading information can take up a lot of quality time that could have been better spent elsewhere.  Focus on collecting the information from your doctor(s) and really understand your diagnosis from them first to better assist your research efforts.
  1. Create your support system.  You need to surround yourself with supportive people and designate a specific caregiver.  Let this person be a part of all your meetings with the doctor(s).  She or He can be another set of ears, someone to take notes for you and ask questions you may not be thinking of.  This not only gives you the opportunity to just absorb the information but it also provides you with an advocate to walk with you through your journey.
  1. Ask questions!  There is that old saying ‘No question is a dumb question’ and it is absolutely true, especially when you are dealing with uncharted waters.  Be confident in asking your doctor(s) anything.  They went to medical school for 12+ years.  You may have just found out about your diagnosis that day or days/weeks ago.  They understand that.  If they say something you don’t understand, be sure to stop them and ask them to explain it in a way you will.  It is safe to say that most doctors really are there to help you.  The better educated you are about your diagnosis, the less fear you might have.
  1. Maintain a healthy diet.  Keeping a healthy diet will not only keep your immune system sound it will also help reduce your fatigue and stress.  65-70% of cancer patients are malnourished.  This can make you weak, tired, unable to concentrate, prone to more illnesses, or not fit for treatment.  Talk to your doctor about what will be the appropriate diet for you to keep yourself physically and mentally strong.
  1. Join a support group.  Having a support system is so important when you are diagnosed with cancer.  Having someone who has experienced what you are about to go through gives you the assurance that you are not alone. Joining a support group can give you an opportunity to share your fears with others who are or have experienced a similar illness.  It can give you the additional support to help you cope, get advice, share your feelings with those that likely are experiencing everything that you are.  To find out a local support group near you visit:

For Canada:

For US:

If you know of someone in need of cancer treatment please forward our article on to them.  We are partnered with excellent cancer treatment centers throughout the US that can help you navigate your journey.

September is Ovarian Cancer Month: Get Involved & Wear Teal!

Take Action Against Ovarian Cancer This September

For many women and families living with ovarian cancer, September is a time of hope.

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Participants at the 2016 Ovarian Cancer Canada Walk of Hope.

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, when teal ribbons worn over the hearts of people across the country draw attention to a disease that claims the lives of five Canadian women every day.

For many women and families living with ovarian cancer, September is a time of hope. Hope for scientific progress and amplified advocacy efforts. For others, September stirs feelings of anger and frustration.

Ovarian cancer continues to be the most fatal of all women’s cancers. Less than half of those diagnosed live to see another five years. And this hasn’t changed significantly over the last five decades.

So we walk — and we rally — for precious time. Together, we will stop at nothing for just one more day with the women we love.

The Ovarian Cancer Canada Walk of Hope is where the community affected by this disease finds common ground. It’s where concerned Canadians come together to take action, a time to mark milestones and band together in support of improved outcomes for generations to come.

For women who have been diagnosed, the walk is a unique opportunity to meet others who can relate to the experience firsthand. These connections are vital and empowering, but they are also few and far between, particularly when it comes to ovarian cancer.

This disease impacts 1.4 per cent of Canadian women. Taken with the vast geography of our country and the devastating mortality rate associated with ovarian cancer, it can be years before a woman comes face to face with someone who understands exactly where she is coming from. Too often this can lead to a deep sense of isolation.

But the walk creates the time and space to come to know others who have been affected. I’ve heard this event referred to as a beacon of light, a translator in a foreign land when coming to terms with an unexpected diagnosis. First time participants with ovarian cancer are often struck by the realization that they are not alone in the journey when they finally find their “teal sisters” on walk day.

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“Teal Sisters” at the 2016 Ovarian Cancer Canada Walk of Hope.

Now the relationships started at the walk will have a permanent home, and it’s a direct result of event proceeds. This year’s walk brings highly-anticipated news with the introduction of OVdialogue, a new online community where women with this disease can share their experiences, encourage one another, and ultimately find healing.

While there is no cure for ovarian cancer (yet), we are in this together. Walking with and for one another, we’re hell bent on changes that ensure women with this disease live fuller, better and longer lives.

This Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, have the ladyballs to take action against ovarian cancer. This can mean anything from walking with us, making a donation, or sharing this article with someone with ovarian cancer so that she can get to know others who have been in her shoes.

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