Weather Alert – U.S. Embassy San Salvador, El Salvador (September 10, 2021)
Location: El Salvador
Event: The National Hurricane Center in the United States (joined by the Ministry of the Environment and Civil Protection Agency in El Salvador) is tracking a tropical disturbance off the Pacific coast of El Salvador that is generating heavy bands of thunderstorms that will likely continue for the next few days. Civil Protection has issued Red Alerts (high risk/presence of dangerous weather) for the municipalities of Tecoluca in San Vicente Department and Jiquilisco and Puerto El Triunfo in Usulután Department. Nine Departments (Chalatenango, Santa Ana, Ahuachapán, Sonsonate, La Libertad, San Vicente, Usulután, Morazán and La Unión) have been placed under an Orange Alert (elevated risk of dangerous weather). The remainder of the country is under a yellow alert (moderate risk of dangerous weather). Several mudslides that block roads have been reported in Usulután Department. Additional rains are expected and they may create dangerous floods and mudslides that can 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.
- 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
- Final Boulevard Santa Elena
Antiguo Cuscatlán, La Libertad
Telephone: 503-2501-2999 (24 hour phone line)
- State Department – Consular Affairs
- 888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
- Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive any updates