Hurricane Florence is expected to make landfall along the U.S. East Coast in the coming days. Apart from the states of North and South Carolina, the coasts and coastal regions of Virginia, the District of Columbia (Washington), and Maryland are anticipated to be affected. Not only the expected strong winds but also storm surge and heavy rainfall, which could lead to widespread flooding, pose a threat. Downed trees could cause power outages. In some regions, the U.S. authorities have therefore already ordered mandatory evacuations. You should, in your own interest, follow these orders without exception or delay.
Whether you are in the region as a traveler or reside there, please be especially cautious, stay informed, and prepare yourself accordingly. Please follow the weather reports and threat warnings in the local media at all times and adhere to the instructions of the local authorities. The English-language National Hurricane Center (https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/) continuously provides updated information about all active storms in the region. Please also bear in mind that air travel may be curtailed in various regions of the United States.
Information about hurricanes and preparedness advice are also available in the German language on the Federal Foreign Office website (https://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/de/usavereinigtestaatensicherheit/201382). Detailed information can also be found on the website of the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) (https://www.fema.gov/disaster/4339/hurricane-preparedness) as well as on those of the local emergency management agencies:
District of Columbia: https://ready.dc.gov/
North Carolina: https://readync.org/EN/Index.html
South Carolina: https://scemd.org/
Valuable general tips on how to prepare for possible crisis situations can be found on the website: www.ready.gov.
In case of emergency, the Embassy can be reached 24/7 by phone at (+1) 202 298 4000 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please keep in mind, however, that it will NOT be possible for the Embassy itself to actively help in concrete emergency situations. The American security and emergency management authorities are responsible for conducting rescue operations.