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Foreign Disasters

The Department of State and the U.S. Embassy work together to help Americans affected by crises in foreign countries.

  • If You Are Involved in a Crisis in a Foreign Country

    Monitor the Bureau of Consular Affairs and the U.S. Embassy for up-to-date information.

    Register with the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program when traveling or living in a foreign country to receive situation updates in case of a crisis.

    Monitor local and social media for announcements.

    Federal government employees who are working abroad should obtain a country clearance and remain in contact with the U.S. Embassy.

  • If You Are in the U.S.

    Families who have U.S. relatives abroad who may have been affected by a crisis can contact the U.S. Department of State’s Office of American Citizens Services and Crisis Management at 1-888-407-4747 (from abroad: 202-501-444).

  • Benefits for American Citizens Affected by an International Terrorism Attack

    The International Terrorism Victim Expense Reimbursement Program (ITVERP) reimburses eligible survivor’s expenses of designated acts of intentional terrorism.

  • International Disaster Response

    The best way to help those affected by a disaster abroad is to make a monetary donation to a reputable humanitarian organization that is working in the affected region. The U.S. Agency for International Development's (USAID) How to Help website provides ways to identify organizations that make the most of monetary or material donations.