Hurricane preparedness

Are you visiting the East Coast and in the path of a hurricane? In case of emergency, you can call the BZ 24/7 Contact Centre at +31 247 247 247.

Hurricane

"History teaches that a lack of hurricane awareness and preparation are common threads among all major hurricane disasters. By knowing your vulnerability and what actions you should take, you can reduce the effects of a hurricane disaster." -- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Dear residents and visitors,

We take hurricane preparedness seriously at our consulate. Why? Well, most of the states within our jurisdiction are in the hurricane belt, including Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Texas. The consulate also covers the Bahamas, Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, and Turks & Caicos.

For that reason, I have asked our team to prepare our office for the hurricane season, and to make this information available to you. Most of our Dutch-American residents know what to do in case of a hurricane, but it is also essential that our visitors from the Netherlands are also advised of what to do in case of a hurricane evacuation.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, our Royal Embassy in Washington, and our Consulate General in Miami work hard to have this information available at your fingertips.

I hope that this information will be of great help to inform you about the hurricane season. May you and your family enjoy your stay, and be safe during this time of the year.

Sincerely, 

Gera Sneller, Consul General

Hurricane preparedness for Dutch tourists

Dutch tourists planning to travel to the region can prepare in the following ways:

  • Pay close attention to weather reports on local TV and radio stations.
  • Before departure monitor the website of the Dutch government on the latest update of travel advisories.
  • Always keep several numbers handy such as family, and friends, airlines, tour operators, travel insurance providers, the consulate, (+1) 786-866-0480.

In case of upcoming emergencies, many Dutch nationals wish to register themselves with their local foreign missions. The Consulate General in Miami advises you to register yourself with the American Red Cross Safe and Well to ensure your safe whereabouts can be traced by your loved ones in case of an emergency.

You can also register with us on the 24/7 BZ Information Service.

Hurricane preparedness for residents

People who live in the region can prepare in the following ways:

  • Pay close attention to weather reports on local TV and radio stations.
  • Keep important numbers handy, such as family, and friends, airlines, insurance providers, and the consulate, (+1) 786-866-0480.
  • Ensure you have access to supplies of food, water, radios, flashlights, first-aid kit, etc.

You can also monitor local and international weather updates from World Meteorological Organization and the US National Hurricane Center.

In case of upcoming emergencies, many Dutch nationals wish to register themselves with their local foreign missions. The Consulate General in Miami advises you to register yourself with the American Red Cross Safe and Well to ensure your safe whereabouts can be traced by your loved ones in case of an emergency. You can register with us on our 24/7 BZ Information Service.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency blog contains information about how to prepare for extreme weather conditions and what to do if you are told to evacuate. It also provides a useful list of disaster supplies that will help if you live in an area affected by storms and hurricanes.

The Great Hurricane Blowout website is a great resource sponsored by the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes that helps families to prepare for hurricane season. Additionally, State Emergency Management websites in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Louisiana, Bahamas, Turks & Caicos and Texas provide information on how to prepare for a storm.

In Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands, local authorities will provide information about weather conditions and shelter locations through local television and radio stations.