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Security Reminder

November 16, 2010

U.S. Embassy Bangui, Central African Republic

The political situation in the Central African Republic remains unpredictable.  The U.S. Embassy strongly encourages U.S. citizens to sign up with the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) so they may receive the most up-to-date security information.  Travelers should remember to keep all of their information in STEP up to date.  U.S. citizens who do not have access to the internet may utilize the publicly available computers at the Martin Luther King Cultural Center next to the U.S. Embassy, free of charge, to access the internet.  The computers are available from 07:30 to 17:00 Monday through Friday.   

The Embassy has established a Warden Network through which the Embassy to reach the widest number of U.S. citizen residents in the event of any emergency.  If you are not currently a member of the warden network and would like to be so, please contact Jean Baptist Boby (bobyjb@state.gov). 

During a natural disaster or political unrest, the situation is often chaotic, and it is frequently best for U.S. citizens to remain in their homes.  During such a crisis, the U.S. Embassy will distribute security information to registered U.S. citizens, including information about designated American gathering points and any potential danger in moving through the city.  In case of an evacuation, the Embassy will contact those U.S. citizens who have signed up and kept their status current in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program by email and/or telephone, and/or through their assigned warden.   

The U.S. Embassy encourages all U.S. citizens living in the country to remain aware of the security conditions where they reside and work.  U.S. citizens are further reminded to be alert at all times when traveling in Bangui and elsewhere in the Central African Republic and to avoid crowds and areas of civil unrest.  U.S. citizens should review the current Travel Warning for the Central African Republic at

http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_5534.html

For the latest security information, U.S. citizens living and traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs Internet web site at http://travel.state.gov, where the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Alerts, and Travel Warnings can be found.  Up-to-date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the U.S and Canada or, for callers in other areas, by calling a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).  

The U.S. Embassy in Bangui is located on Avenue David Dacko, tel. (236) (21) 61 02 00.  After-hours, the number for emergencies is:  (236) (21) 61 02 00