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#297252 - 09/06/08 05:21 PM US citizens take a moment to review  
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Amanda Syme Offline
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I thought this post that I found on Storm2K might be of interest to some of our ex-pat residents and vacationers too:

For U.S. citizens, if you either reside in, or are visiting, a foreign country, you should register online at
https://travelregistration.state.gov/ibrs/ui/

There are two good reasons to register: Help for you, and information for your loved ones.

A hurricane (or earthquake, tsunami) could devastate the island you are on, knocking out all forms of communication for some time. The U.S. government will try to evacuate you, if they know who/where you are. Don't expect the local government to help you evacuate in a disaster. While they will, of course, have an interest in you returning home, their first obligation and main focus will be to immediate needs of medical care, food, water, housing, etc.

Privacy Act forbids State Department from giving information to anyone regarding your whereabouts, unless you give your permission in advance. So, while State may know you are alive and well, etc. they will not be able to tell your next of kin.

#297281 - 09/06/08 08:20 PM Re: US citizens take a moment to review [Re: Amanda Syme]  
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The British High Commission offers a similar service for British nationals. Again, they have to know who and where you are, and how to contact you.

#297308 - 09/07/08 09:05 AM Re: US citizens take a moment to review [Re: Peter Jones]  
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You can also register online with the Canadian Consulate.

#297318 - 09/07/08 10:08 AM Re: US citizens take a moment to review [Re: Amanda Syme]  
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Thanks Amanda for the information. I had never considered it before.


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#297320 - 09/07/08 10:17 AM Re: US citizens take a moment to review [Re: azbob]  
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Simon, do you have the link for Canadians to register?

#297323 - 09/07/08 10:43 AM Re: US citizens take a moment to review [Re: CayeMarie]  
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CayeMarie
I believe that this link will help for Canadians.

http://www.voyage.gc.ca/main/sos/rocapage-en.asp

Gail cool

#297324 - 09/07/08 10:45 AM Re: US citizens take a moment to review [Re: gailtor]  
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#297325 - 09/07/08 10:45 AM Re: US citizens take a moment to review [Re: SimonB]  
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Beat me.

#297326 - 09/07/08 10:49 AM Re: US citizens take a moment to review [Re: SimonB]  
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smile

#297327 - 09/07/08 10:59 AM Re: US citizens take a moment to review [Re: SimonB]  
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Originally Posted by SimonB
Beat me.
For a second I thought that was an invitation. whistle


I can never remember which is better . . . safe? . . . or sorry?
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