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Hurricane Season officially begins

May 30, 2011

The Dominican Republic lies in an area that is seasonally affected by hurricanes.  The hurricane season runs from June 1 through November 30.  In case of a hurricane, travelers may not be able to depart the area of the hurricane for 24-48 hours.

The possibility of climatic emergencies, like a hurricane, in the Dominican Republic makes it particularly important that all American citizens visiting or living in the Dominican Republic list their contact information with the U.S. Embassy through the Department of State's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program at https://travelregistration.state.gov/.   Enrolling with the U.S. Embassy allows us to share important information and announcements via email and helps us contact and/or locate American Citizens in areas affected by a hurricane or other emergency.

Everyone should also prepare for the hurricane season by maintaining a stock of bottled water, non-perishable food items, a battery-powered radio, vital identity documents stored in a waterproof container, and prescription medications.  U.S. Citizens should ensure that their family's passports are current.  If the situation requires an evacuation, the U.S. State Department will work with commercial airlines to assist U.S. Citizens to the extent possible.  Generally, we are unable to assist U.S. Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs) and the U.S. Government does not provide free transportation.

U.S. citizens should monitor local radio, the Embassy website, and other media to stay aware of weather developments in their area.  In the event of a hurricane alert, the U.S. Embassy will post a notice on its web page at http://santodomingo.usembassy.gov.  Further information can be obtained by visiting the National Weather Service website http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/.