Foreign Disasters

If you or your family are U.S. citizens caught in a disaster or crisis in a foreign country, the websites below can help:

  • Emergencies – The Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs website for U.S. Passports and International Travel.
  • U.S. Embassy – For a list of websites of U.S. Embassies, Consulates, and Diplomatic Missions by region.

Are You Caught in a Foreign Crisis?

If you find yourself caught in a foreign crisis and need information, you can take the following actions:

  • Register with the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to get local updates from the U.S. Embassy or Consulate in your area. This also gives the Embassy a way to contact you.
  • Check the Bureau of Consular Affairs’ Travel Advisories page for general updates.
  • Check local and social media for announcements.
  • For federal government employees: Get a country clearance and stay in contact with the U.S. Embassy.

Are You Concerned About Family Abroad?

If you’re in the U.S., but are concerned about family who may be caught in a foreign crisis, please read Ways to Locate Your Loved Ones in a Crisis Abroad. You may also call the Department of State to learn about conditions that may affect safety and security. They can give you travel warnings and alerts and country-specific information as well.

  • 1-888-407-4747 (From the U.S. and Canada)
  • 1-202-501-4444 (From Overseas)

Were You Affected by a Terrorist Attack Abroad?

If you or your family were affected by a terrorist attack in a foreign country, the International Terrorism Victim Expense Reimbursement Program (ITVERP) may be able to help. The program reimburses certain expenses if you're a qualified victim of a designated incident. You can view the Terrorist Incident Designation List to check for your incident.

Do You Want to Help Support Disaster Response Abroad?

If you want to help disaster survivors in a foreign country, it’s best to donate to a trusted humanitarian group working in that area. Visit the U.S. Agency for International Development's (USAID) How to Help page. This page can help you learn about groups that do the most with cash or material donations.

Last Updated: 09/17/2021