Emergency Message: Hurricane Carlos Approaching the states of Colima, Jalisco and Nayarit, Mexico

This emergency message informs U.S. citizens that the National Hurricane Center (NHC) and Mexican authorities are projecting that Hurricane Carlos will likely make landfall somewhere between Manzanillo and Puerto Vallarta in the coming days.  Currently a tropical storm, Carlos is expected to strengthen a bit more before weakening just prior to making landfall.  However, even as a Category 1 hurricane or significant tropical storm, strong winds, rains, and tides (including rip currents and rogue waves) will impact the central Pacific coast, including the Puerto Vallarta area.  Current projections indicate that Carlos will make landfall on the Jalisco coast area on Tuesday evening or Wednesday, but the effects of the storm will be felt throughout the central Pacific coast.

We strongly encourage U.S. citizens to monitor media reports and the Mexican government’s civil protection (“Protección Civil”) website,http://www.proteccioncivil.gob.mx, for updated information about the storm and to follow official instructions.  We urge U.S. citizens to stay clear of beaches, as rough seas associated with storm conditions create severe hazards.  U.S. citizens should stay in contact with relatives and friends in the United States to apprise them of their whereabouts, both before and after the storm.  Visitors should be familiar with their hotel or cruise ship evacuation plans.

Hurricane season runs from May 15 through November 30 in the Pacific and June 1 through November 30 in the Atlantic.  If you are in the region that is prone to hurricanes and tropical storms, you should consider preparing by organizing a kit in a waterproof container that includes a supply of bottled water, non-perishable food items, a battery-powered or hand-crank radio, any medications taken regularly, and vital documents (especially your passport and other identification).  Emergency shelters often provide only very basic resources and may have limited medical and food supplies.  NOAA and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have additional tips on their websites.

Please also visit the following U.S. government websites for more information:

Mexico Country Specific Information:http://www.travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_970.html

Hurricane Season “Know Before You Go:”http://travel.state.gov/contentpassports/english/emergencies/natural-disasters/HurricaneSeason.html

National Hurricane Center: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Mexico enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at www.travel.state.gov.  STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency.  If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

Regularly monitor the State Department’s website, where you can find current Travel Warnings, including the Travel Warning for Mexico, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution.  Read the Country Specific Information for Mexico.  For additional information, refer to the “Traveler’s Checklist” on the State Department’s website.

The U.S. Consulate in Guadalajara is located at 175 Progreso Street, Col. Americana and is open Monday-Friday, from 0730 to 1230.  The U.S. Consulate General in Guadalajara’s telephone number is 011 52 33 3268 2100; the fax number is 011 52 33 3825 1951.  If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance, the emergency number for the Consulate is 011 52 33 3268 2145.

The U.S. Consular Agency in Puerto Vallarta is located at Paseo de los Cocoteros #85; Sur Paradise Plaza, Interior Local L-7, Nuevo Vallarta, Nayarit and is open Monday-Friday from 0830 to 1230.  The U.S. Consular Agency in Puerto Vallarta’s telephone numbers are 011 52 322 222 0069 & 011 52 322 223 3301; the fax number is 011 52 322 223 0074.  For after-hours emergencies, please call 011 52 33 3268 2145.