Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Tropical Cyclone Evan - December 13, 2012
Following Tropical Cyclone Evan, Embassy Apia is closed for all non-emergency services. Dial 995 for Police, 994 for Fire Services and 993 for the Hospital. American citizens in Samoa who need emergency assistance ]from Embassy staff may dial 7771776. Those outside of Samoa who are concerned about loved ones in the country should contact the U.S. Consulate General Auckland American Citizen Services unit at +649 462-6000 or +649 303-2724.
Emergency Message #2 for U.S. Citizens: Tropical Cyclone Evan (Dec 13, 2012)
U.S. Embassy Apia alerts U.S. citizens and nationals visiting or residing in Samoa of Tropical Cyclone Evan. According to the Samoa Disaster Management Office (DMO), the storm is moving towards Samoa at 15 miles per hour with sustained winds up to 55 miles per hour, with higher gusts close to the center. The center of the storm is expected to reach landfall in Samoa at 2:00 pm, December 13, four hours earlier than originally forecast. A Storm Warning is in effect for Samoa. A Hurricane Watch is in effect for Samoa. A Flood Advisory is in effect for low lying areas due to heavy rain. Seas are very rough, with a storm surge of ten to twelve feet. There is poor visibility on roads due to heavy rain.
U.S. citizens are advised to remain informed about possible changes to the extreme weather conditions from Tropical Cyclone Evan by monitoring local media reports. Citizens can track the storm’s progress at: http://www.met.gov.fj/aifs_prods/1118track%20(1).png. For updates from U.S. Embassy Apia, please see our website at Samoa.usembassy.gov.
U.S. citizens in are strongly encouraged to follow all official instructions from the Samoan Government. U.S. citizens should stay in contact with relatives and friends in the United States to apprise them of their whereabouts both now and after the storm. Visitors should contact their hotel staff regarding safety plans. U.S. citizens staying in beach fales are advised to immediately identify more secure lodging or contact DMO for information on nearby shelter. U.S. citizens may also contact the DMO for updated information about the storm and preparedness measures. DMO can be contacted by phone at +685-20856.
During heavy rainfall, flooding, including flash flooding near rivers and waterways, may occur. If you must travel during this time, please take precaution to avoid low lying areas or entering swiftly moving water in vehicles or on foot. Drivers should remain vigilant for the possibility of mudslides along local roads.
U.S. citizens should carry their travel documents (e.g., U.S. passport) with them at all times or secure them by placing them in a safe, waterproof location.
For the latest security information, U.S. citizens traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department's Internet web site at http://travel.state.gov where the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, and Travel Alerts can be found.
U.S. citizens and nationals traveling and residing abroad should enroll in the Smart Travelers Enrollment Program (STEP) at the following website: https://travelregistration.state.gov U.S. citizens without Internet access may enroll directly at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate at their destination. By enrolling, U.S. citizens make it easier for the Embassy to contact them in case of emergency.
Due to the storm, the U.S. Embassy is now closed for non-emergency business and will remain closed until Monday morning. For emergencies involving U.S. citizens, please contact U.S. Embassy Apia’s Consular Section at: +685-21631 or ApiaConsular@state.gov. In case of an after-hours emergency involving U.S. citizens or nationals, please contact the Embassy Duty Officer at: +685-777-1776.