Alert- Message for U.S. Citizens – Aftershocks from Earthquake

Security Message for U.S. Citizens

U.S. Embassy Port of Spain

August 22, 2018

U.S. citizens are advised that following the 21st of August’s 7.3 magnitude earthquake, aftershocks have already been felt throughout the region, and there is the potential for further aftershocks. Water and electricity services may be affected in some areas, and cellular and landline telephone networks are operating but may experience periods of interruption.

U.S. citizens should carefully assess their surroundings and consider leaving if they do not feel safe and are encouraged to notify friends and family of their wellbeing.

If you need immediate assistance call the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Management (ODPM) at 511, local Police at 999, Fire Service at 990, and 211 in Tobago. For further local information visit:

Persons with information or questions about U.S. citizens in affected areas who require assistance, please call the U.S. Embassy at 622-6371 or email the U.S. Embassy’s American Citizen’s Services Unit at

In the event of earthquakes the American Red Cross recommends that, to stay safe, persons should:

  • If away from home, return only when authorities say it is safe to do so.
  • Check yourself for injuries and get first aid, if necessary, before helping injured or trapped persons.
  • After an earthquake, the disaster may continue. Expect and prepare for potential aftershocks, landslides or even a tsunami if you live on a coast.
  • Each time you feel an aftershock, DROP, COVER and HOLD ON. Aftershocks frequently occur minutes, days, weeks and even months following an earthquake.
  • Look for and extinguish small fires. Fire is the most common hazard after an earthquake.

Additionally, U.S. Citizens are encouraged to have a “Go Bag” or emergency kit ready. For information on how to stock your “Go Bag”, visit:

For more information on earthquake and aftershock preparedness visit:

The American Redcross website:

CDC website:

For further assistance:

The U.S. Embassy is located at at 15 Queen’s Park West, Port of Spain and can be reached at 868 622 6371

State Department – Consular Affairs (888)407-4747 or (202)501-4444

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