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Disaster Preparedness

Disaster Preparedness

This information is provided to help prepare U.S. citizens and their families in the unlikely event of natural disasters, civil emergencies, and other situations that might necessitate an evacuation.

In the event of an actual emergency, the Embassy will place up to date instructions specific to the circumstances of the event.

Before an emergency occurs there are a number of things that you can do to prepare:

  • Enroll with the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) - U.S. citizens living or traveling in South Korea are encouraged to register with the Embassy through the State Department's travel enrollment website.  In the event of an emergency, we use the enrollment information to communicate with you.
  • Subscribe to our e-mail message service so that you can receive our most up-to-date travel and security information as well as our monthly newsletters.
  • Read “Be Prepared for Emergencies” (PDF 166KB) - Whether or not you have to consider the prospect of an evacuation or natural disaster, it is sound advice to follow the information in this document.
  • Download the ROK National Emergency Management Agency’s (NEMA) “Emergency Ready” app for smartphones and tablets. The app is free and allows users to make emergency 119 calls quickly, locate the nearest emergency shelters, watch videos related to CPR, First Aid, etc.

Staying informed during an emergency situation:

  • Monitor our website - we will issue updated messages for U.S. citizens and post appropriate information specific to the circumstances on our website.
  • Monitor AFN (American Forces Network) (PDF 95.9KB) radio stations and follow the international and local news outlets for additional information.
  • During natural disasters such as typhoons or tropical storms, monitor the Korean Meteorological Administration website for current weather and environmental conditions.
  • Read the latest security information worldwide. U.S. citizens should regularly monitor the State Department's website where the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings and Travel alerts can be found. Up-to-date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the Unites States, or, for callers from outside the United States and Canada, a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

Contact Us

  • The U.S. Embassy does not offer phone or email consultations.  Answers to general inquiries can be found on our ACS Frequently Asked Questions page on the tab to the left.  For inquiries regarding specific cases that are not addressed on our website, please email us at SeoulinfoACS@state.gov.

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