Best practices for assisting citizens abroad during a crisis

On April 24, United States Department of State consular officials and representatives from the Mexican Foreign Ministry gathered to discuss best practices for assisting their citizens abroad during a crisis.  To prepare for the upcoming Atlantic and Pacific hurricane seasons, the two governments discussed communication strategies, sharing resources, and leveraging technology.

The United States and Mexico have a long history of working together to assist their citizens during natural disasters.  In 2005, the Mexican Army and Navy lent a helping hand in the aftermath of devastating Hurricane Katrina setting up two field kitchens in Texas and clearing debris in New Orleans.  In September 2013, the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance partnered with the Mexican Red Cross to provide emergency supplies to disaster-affected populations following severe flooding caused by Hurricanes Ingrid and Manuel.  This week’s meeting built on this strong foundation of cooperation.

For safety and security information about any international travel destination, including tips on protecting yourself during tropical storms, and to sign up for the U.S. Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program, please visit:  https://travel.state.gov.