Weather Alert – U.S. Embassy San Salvador, El Salvador (22 September 2022)
Location: El Salvador
Event: The Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources and the Civil Protection Agency in El Salvador have increased their warning of dangerous rainstorms throughout the country. The municipalities of Cuscatancingo, Ayutuxtepeque, Santo Tomás, Santiago Texacuangos, Rosario de Mora, Ilopango, Nejapa, Santa Ana, Tacuba, Concepción de Ataco, Apaneca, Cuisnahuat, La Palma, San Francsico Morazán, Tejutla, Dulce Nombre de María, Concepción Quezaltepeque, Comalapa, Colón, Santa Tecla, Comasagua, Talnique, Chiltiupán, Zaragoza, San Salvador, Panchimalco, Huizúcar, and San Miguel are now under a red alert (dangerous weather conditions already exist). The remainder of the country is under an orange alert (high probability of dangerous weather). Recent rains have resulted in deadly building collapses and mudslides that have blocked major highways. The Civil Protection Agency has activated its emergency facilities throughout the country to respond to this ongoing weather emergency. Additional rains are expected and they may create dangerous floods and mudslides that can continue to cause injuries, damage homes and businesses, and block roads.
Actions to Take:
- Monitor local media and the Civil Protection Agency website www.proteccioncivil.gob.sv for updates.
- Seek secure shelter.
- Do not attempt to drive across water standing on a road no matter how shallow it seems.
- Follow all instructions provided by the Civil Protection Agency.
- Avoid any trips in small or private watercraft until at least Saturday, September 24.
- Inform a friend or family member of travel plans over the upcoming week.
- Have travel documents up to date and easily accessible.
- Prepare an emergency supply kit (ready.gov).
- Notify friends and family of your safety.
- El Salvador Emergency Line: Dial 911
- U.S. Embassy San Salvador, El Salvador
- State Department – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444