July 23, 2021
Location: Costa Rica
Event: Costa Rica’s National Emergency Commission (CNE) has placed all of Costa Rica under weather alerts due to heavy and persistent rainfall for the next 12 to 24 hours. The entire Caribbean and Northern regions of the country are currently under an Orange Alert, indicating there may be localized evacuations or emergency-response efforts in these areas. The Central Region, including San Jose, is under a Yellow Alert, indicating citizens should prepare for a weather event. Pacific Regions are currently under a Green Alert, indicating precautions should be taken. Road closures are in place throughout the country.
Along with the risk of flooding, raw sewage may spill out onto common areas resulting from backed up or blocked sewer lines. Downed power lines and transformers on the ground can pose electrocution hazards. Potholes and uneven sidewalks will be less visible during a flood. Take extra caution walking or driving when visibility is decreased on the sidewalks or roads. Avoid flooded roadways.
Actions to Take:
- Monitor local media, the CNE, and the Instituto Meteorologico Nacional for weather updates.
- Seek secure shelter if a heavy rain is affecting your area.
- The Embassy strongly recommends monitoring local weather reports for the most up to date information on possible rainfall accumulation.
- Prepare to shelter in place until conditions improve by having enough drinking water, food, and other supplies at your residence. Review the list of recommended items for an emergency at https://www.ready.gov/kit.
- For emergency assistance, please call 9-1-1.
U.S. Embassy San Jose, Costa Rica
+506 2519 2000 (after hours as well)
State Department – Consular Affairs 888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
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