Disaster Preparedness: U.S. Embassy Santiago, Chile (February 27, 2023 )

Message to U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy, Santiago, Chile


Location:   Chile

 Event:  U.S. Embassy Santiago encourages all citizens in Chile to be prepared for natural disasters.  Earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, forest fires, and mudslides occur here.  The Chilean National Disaster Prevention and Response Service (SENAPRED) provides alerts and guidance for these types of events.  There are emergency preparedness guides available on the Ready.gov and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) websites.  It is important to make a plan and to keep emergency supplies accessible.  There are recommendations for preparing a disaster supply kit available here.

Citizens are advised to consult with authorities and/or hotel management if in doubt of the need to leave an area.  All U.S. citizens are encouraged to monitor the news closely, including the SENAPRED website.

Actions to Take: 

  • Avoid the affected areas.
  • Monitor local media for updates.
  • Notify friends and family of your safety.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Review your personal security plans.
  • Make an evacuation plan that does not rely on government assistance.
  • Always carry identification, i.e., U.S. passport (or a copy) and/or other appropriate documentation attesting to your legal status in Chile.

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