Preparing for Emergencies

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Welcome to the Emergency Preparedness section of the U. S. Embassy website! The United States Government has no higher responsibility than to protect American citizens and ensure their well-being while traveling or residing abroad.  With this in mind, we have identified a wide range of information to help you and your family stay safe while visiting or residing in Colombia.

Most potential natural threats can be successfully managed, or their adverse impacts mitigated, through awareness and preparation.

Help Yourself!

You can help yourself and your relatives by planning in advance:

For more information, please see U.S. Department of Homeland Security Website.

Three Steps

The U.S. government recommends that you take three fundamental steps to protect yourself and your family while in Colombia:

  • Build a kit
    Create an emergency getaway kit for you and your family.
  • Make a plan
    Prepare, plan, and stay informed for emergencies.
  • Be informed
    Get more information on earthquakes, hurricanes, and other disasters that may affect you.

For general information about these three steps, please visit the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) website:  (disponible en español a través de