Message for U.S. Citizens: Travel Alert – Hurricane and Typhoon Season 2017 and Letter of Invitation for Native English Speakers

Travel Alert – Hurricane and Typhoon Season 2017 

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the Hurricane and Typhoon Seasons in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, the Caribbean, and the Gulf of Mexico. Hurricane and Typhoon Season will last through November 2017, though most tropical cyclones typically develop between May and October.  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recommends that those in hurricane- and typhoon-prone regions begin preparations for the upcoming seasons now.  This Travel Alert expires on December 1, 2017, and the full text can be reviewed here.  Only a few excerpts are included below.

The Atlantic Basin, including the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea:  Hurricane Season in the Atlantic began June 1.  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Climate Prediction Centerexpects a 45 percent chance of an above-normal season, a 35 percent chance of a near-normal season, and only a 20 percent chance of a below-normal season.  NOAA predicts a 70 percent chance of 11 to 17 named storms (winds of 39 mph or higher), of those, five to nine are predicted to strengthen to a hurricane (winds of 74 mph or higher) and two to four are expected to become major hurricanes (with winds of 111 mph or higher, ranking Category 3, 4 or 5 on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale).  NOAA recommends that those in hurricane-prone regions begin preparations for the upcoming season now.

The Eastern Pacific:  Hurricane season in the Eastern Pacific began on May 15, 2017.  NOAA expects a near- or above-normal season, with a 40 percent chance of an above-normal season, a 40 percent chance of a near-normal season, and a 20 percent chance of a below-normal season.  NOAA predicts a 70 percent chance of 14 to 20 named storms, of which six to eleven are expected to become hurricane strength.  Of those, three to seven are expected to become major hurricanes (Category 3, 4, or 5 on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale).

Possible Impacts:  In the past, U.S. citizens were forced to delay travel (including return travel to the United States) due to infrastructure damage to airports and limited flight availability.  If you are planning to travel to regions of the world often affected by hurricanes, typhoons, or cyclones, visit our Tropical Storm Season – Know before You Go page for more information about the potential dangers and inconveniences associated with your travel before finalizing plans.

How to Prepare:  If you live in or are traveling to storm-prone regions, prepare by organizing a kit in a waterproof container that includes a supply of bottled water, non-perishable food items, a battery-powered or hand-crank radio, any medications taken regularly, and vital documents, especially your passport and other identification.  Emergency shelters often provide only very basic resources and may have limited medical and food supplies.  For additional tips, visit NOAA and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

Letter of Invitation for Native English Speakers 

Are you looking for an opportunity to volunteer in the community?  How about practicing English with Nicaraguan youth?  The English Access Micro Scholarship Program (Access) is a great way to get involved in community outreach and person-to-person diplomacy.  Implemented by the Fabretto Foundation on behalf of the U.S. Embassy in partnership with Nicaraguan host institutions, Access provides intensive English language instruction to outstanding high school students (ages 13 -16) from economically disadvantaged families.  Students attend two hours of English lessons daily from Monday through Friday. Since 2010,2,020 Nicaraguan students have participated in the program.  On February 6, 2017, the 8th Access generation of 220 students began studying English in the following cities: Jalapa,Jinotepe, Managua, Matagalpa, NuevaGuinea, Leon, and Ocotal.   The 9th generation of Access will start later this year in the cities of Bilwi, Bluefields, Corn Island, Pearl Lagoon, Managua, Catarina, and Ometepe Island.

If you would like to volunteer for a talk, seminar, round table, game or workshop in English with these students, please contact the U.S. Embassy’s Public Affairs Section at ManaguaIRC@state.govand put “Access Program Volunteer” in the subject line.  Please let us know if you have any questions. Thank you in advance for volunteering.  It will be a lot of fun and is a great chance to learn about Nicaragua!

 Access Program Locations:  (Note: All classes are held Monday through Friday)

  • Jalapa:  Universidad Martin Lutero
  • Jinotepe:  Biblioteca William Minor
  • León:  Colegio San Ramón
  • Managua:  Centro Cultural Batahola Norte
  • Managua:  Universidad Nacional de Ingenieria – UNI
  • Managua:  UNICIT
  • Matagalpa:  Instituto San Francisco de Asís
  • Nueva Guinea:  Universidad de las Regiones Autonomas de la Costa Caribe Nicaraguense- URACCAN
  • Ocotal:  Escuela Maria Auxiliadora

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