This emergency message is being issued to alert U.S. citizens residing or traveling in Taiwan that the Joint Typhoon Warning Center and the Taiwan Central Weather Bureau are tracking Tropical Storm FITOW across the Western Pacific. At this time, the storm is expected to pass by northern Taiwan this weekend, but the storm’s path may shift in the coming days. The storm is projected to strengthen over the next few days and become a category 1 typhoon with winds up to 110 mph and gusts up to 132mph. Heavy rain and strong winds can be expected across the entire island.
We will continue to monitor Tropical Storm FITOW’s track and will issue updated messages as needed. Please monitor the storm’s track by listening to the radio, watching television, or monitoring Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau website (http://www.cwb.gov.tw/eng/index.htm
) in English. International Community Radio Taipei (ICRT) provides regular weather bulletins in English on 100.7 FM in the Taipei and Kaohsiung areas and on 100.1 FM in Taichung. Locate shelter, monitor media reports, and follow all official instructions. Carry your travel documents at all times (e.g. U.S. passport, birth certificate, picture ID’s, etc.) or secure them in a safe, waterproof location. You should also contact friends and family in the United States with updates on your whereabouts.
Additional information on hurricanes and storm preparedness may be found on our “Hurricane/Typhoon Season” webpage http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_t ... _5726.html
and on the “Natural Disasters” page http://travel.state.gov/travel/tips/eme ... _1207.html
of the Bureau of Consular Affairs’ website. Updated information on travel in Taiwan may be obtained from the Department of State by calling 1-888-407-4747 within the United States and Canada, or from overseas, 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 am to 8:00 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
Please continue to monitor the American Institute in Taiwan’s website at http://www.ait.org.tw/en/home.html
for updated information, including announcements of AIT closure. Please consult the Country Specific Information for Taiwan, available on the Bureau of Consular Affairs website (http://travel.state.gov
For the latest security information, U.S. citizens traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department of State’s Internet website where the Worldwide Caution, Taiwan Specific Information, Travel Warnings, and Travel Alerts can be found. Follow us on Twitter and the Bureau of Consular Affairs page on Facebook, and download our free Smart Traveler App, available through iTunes or Google Play to have travel information at your fingertips.
U.S. citizens are advised to enroll with the Department of State or the American Institute in Taiwan through the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program website. If you enroll, we can keep you up to date with important safety and security announcements and can also help your family and friends get in touch with you in an emergency. U.S. citizens without Internet access may enroll directly with the American Institute in Taiwan.
For any emergencies involving U.S. citizens, please contact the American Citizens Services Unit of the American Institute in Taiwan. The location of the AIT Taipei office is No. 7, Lane 134, Sec. 3, Xinyi Road, Da'an District, Taipei City 10659; telephone (02) 2162-2000; fax (02) 2162-2239; email firstname.lastname@example.org
; after hours emergency (02)2162-2000; website http://acs.ait.org.tw/
The location of the AIT Kaohsiung office is 5th Floor, No. 2, Zhongzheng 3rd Road, Xin-Xing District, Kaohsiung City 80052; telephone (07) 238-7744; fax (07) 236-1037; email email@example.com
; after hours emergency (02) 2162-2000; website http://kaohsiung.ait.org.tw/consular-service.html