NEMA Issues “All Clear” Following Hurricane Matthew

The State Department informs U.S. citizens that the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) of The Bahamas has issued an “all clear.” Similarly, the U.S. Embassy in Nassau has lifted the shelter-in-place order for employees and their family members. However, there is extensive damage throughout Nassau, Freeport/Grand Bahama, and other islands. In Nassau, there are downed power lines which pose real danger. As a result, we recommend that U.S. citizens remain in their homes or current sheltering location for their own safety as well as to allow emergency crews time to clear roads and remove potential hazards.

Lynden Pindling International Airport in Nassau and Grand Bahama International Airport in Freeport remain closed, but local authorities are working to restart operations, and travelers should monitor local media for further information. Travelers should apprise family and friends in the United States of their whereabouts, and continue to follow instructions from local authorities.

For further information:

  • See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Bahamas Specific Information.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Contact the U.S. Embassy in The Bahamas, located at 42 Queen Street (across from the British Colonial Hilton Hotel), Nassau; telephone: 242-322-1181; after hours emergency telephone: 242-357-7004; ACS unit fax: 242-356-7174; e-mail: ACSNASSAU@state.gov; web page: https://bs.usembassy.gov. The Turks & Caicos Consular Agency is located at 2 Venture Ct., Grace Bay Suite 102E, Providenciales, Turks and Caicos. The Consular Agent is LeShelle Tull-Thomas (649-232-5713, TullThomasLS@state.gov).
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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