Preparing For Emergencies
Welcome to the Emergency Preparedness section of the U. S. Embassy website! The United States Government has no higher responsibility than to protect American citizens and ensure their well-being while traveling or residing abroad. With this in mind, we have identified a wide range of information from both U.S. and Mexican government sources to help you and your family stay safe while visiting or residing in Mexico.
Millions of Americans visit Mexico safely each year. Nonetheless, Mexico is a large, geographically diverse country which is subject to risks and natural disasters. In 1985, for example, a devastating earthquake struck Mexico City, killing 10,000 people and destroying significant parts of the city.
Most potential natural threats can be successfully managed, or their adverse impacts mitigated, through awareness and preparation.
You can help yourself and your relatives by planning in advance:
- Enroll with the Smart Travelers Enrollment Program (STEP) and receive all important notifications by e-mail.
- Ensure your passport is valid. Re-new your passport today!
- Gather all vital documents into a secure location and make photocopies which you keep separately.
- Remain informed by watching the news, reading newspapers, and referring to the State Department Consular Information Sheets, Travel Alerts, and Travel Warnings.
- Leave your itinerary and contact information with family/friends at home.
- Arrange for regular communications with family/friends through email or phone calls.
For more information, please see U.S. Department of Homeland Security Website.
The U.S. government recommends that you take three fundamental steps to protect yourself and your family while in Mexico:
- Build a kit
Create an emergency getaway kit for you and your family.
- Make a plan
Prepare, plan, and stay informed for emergencies.
- Be informed
Get more information on earthquakes, hurricanes, and other disasters that may affect you.
Prepare an Emergency Kit
During and after an emergency, the wellbeing of you and your family may be in your own hands. Having essential supplies on hand at all times is an easy way to increase your chances of survival. Learn more >>