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Message for U.S. Citizens: Make 2024 Your Year of Preparedness!
January 29, 2024

Greetings, American citizens residing or traveling in Senegal.

The new year is a great time for reflection and reassessment.  Have you considered lately how prepared you are for an emergency?  We encourage you to consider the following tips to make 2024 your year of preparedness:

  1. Get your documents in order.  Do you have important documents (like your passport, birth/marriage certificates, and vaccination records) in a safe place where you can easily access them?  Is your passport up to date?  Are your children documented?  If you need to renew your passport or register your child born abroad, make an appointment here.
  2. Have a plan.  Decide with your household what you will do in different types of emergencies.  Consider the following questions:  Where will you go?  With whom will you stay?  Whom will you inform of your plans?  What medical issues (such as chronic conditions) do you need to consider?  How will these plans change based on the type of emergency (such as a fire versus a medical emergency versus a natural disaster)?
  3. Make a list of contacts.  Consider whom you would need to communicate with if there were an emergency – family members, friends, medical providers, travel agents.  Do you have their contact information in a place you can access, even if you cannot get into your phone or computer?
  4. Have extra supplies on hand.  It’s always helpful to plan ahead for situations that might tax one’s resources.  Make sure you have sufficient non-perishable food, bottles of drinking water, first aid supplies, and cash, and that you keep your car’s gas tank close to full.
  5. Put together a “go bag.”  A go bag is a pre-packed kit of essentials that you can immediately grab if you suddenly need to relocate due to an emergency.  It should be custom-made to fit you and your family’s needs.  For example, you may want to include food, water (or water purification), a flashlight, medications, first aid supplies, an emergency blanket, a change of clothes, and copies of essential documents.
  6. Don’t forget about your furry friends.  If you have pets, don’t forget to create a plan for their care in an emergency.

Preparedness is an ongoing project.  Even if you have taken all the steps above, don’t forget to review your personal preparedness on a regular basis.  Practice the steps you will take, for example, by having family fire drills.

The U.S. Embassy in Dakar is here to support your efforts.  We will continue to inform you of any safety and security information that may affect Americans in Senegal, and we rely on you to do the same.  Safety is everyone’s responsibility.


U.S. Embassy Dakar, Senegal

Route Des Almadies

Dakar, Senegal