Ongoing U.S. Citizen Evacuation Efforts from Cabo San Lucas in Aftermath of Hurricane Odile September 19, 6 pm

Mexico City, September 19, 2014 – Most U.S. citizens have left the La Paz area and basic services have improved in much of the area.  U.S. Consular support assisting U.S. citizens in La Paz is now relocating to Los Cabos.  Any U.S. citizen in the La Paz area needing to depart immediately should make their way to Los Cabos airport where there are commercial flight options.

Most U.S. citizens have also departed Los Cabos and anyone remaining in the area who wishes to leave should be able to find a flight out of the area.  U.S. Consular officials remain on the ground in Los Cabos to assist U.S. citizens in need of emergency consular services.

U.S. citizens are strongly discouraged from taking Highway One north from Los Cabos to Tijuana for the time-being; while the road is technically open, numerous wash-outs, a gasoline shortage, and other obstacles make the journey on this highway dangerous and arduous.

U.S. citizens wishing to provide charitable assistance to victims in Baja Sur should note that complicated customs and clearance requirements govern such assistance if originating abroad.  The most efficient way to provide assistance and disaster relief is through cash combinations to the charity of your choice, earmarked for Hurricane Odile disaster relief.

U.S. citizens requiring assistance can continue to visit https://tfa.state.gov/ccd, selecting “2014 Hurricane Odile,” and providing as much information as possible.  Phone 1-888-407-4747 (From the United States and Canada), +1-202-501-4444 (From all other countries), or email OdileEmergencyUSC@state.gov for additional information.