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Message for U.S. Citizens: Storm Talim and Storm Season Preparedness
July 17, 2023

The U.S. Embassy in Hanoi alerts U.S. citizens to Storm Talim, which is expected to make landfall on Wednesday, July 19, between Hai Phong and Quang Ninh province. The Japan Meteorological Station predicts that the storm will still bring strong winds at 79 mph when it passes through Leizhou and Hainan Island and winds will decrease to 56 mph when approaching the Vietnamese mainland. Meteorologists expect heavy rain will occur in addition to these strong winds, increasing the risk of flash floods and landslides from July 18 in the northern region, especially in provinces like Lang Son, Cao Bang, Ha Giang, Lao Cai, and Yen Bai. Meteorologists also suggest localities prepare for heavy rain and urban flooding.

The typhoon season in Vietnam runs annually from approximately June 1 through the end of November, while the tropical cyclone season typically runs from November 1 to April 30.  If you are a U.S. Citizen traveling or residing in Vietnam, you may enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive safety messages and other travel information.  During the approach of a typhoon you should monitor the U.S. Joint Typhoon Warning Center and the Vietnam National Center for Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting.


Actions to Take:

You should have an emergency plan in place before the approach of a storm. Even areas far from the coastline can experience dangerous winds, tornadoes, mudslides, and floods. Please take precautionary measures to ensure minimal disruption or damage and have evacuation plans that do not rely on U.S. government assistance. You should also contact friends and family in the United States with updates on your whereabouts.

  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program step.state.gov
  • Locate shelter and follow all official instructions, including evacuation if ordered.
  • Carry your travel documents at all times (i.e., U.S. passport, birth certificate, picture ID’s, etc.) or secure them in a safe, waterproof location.
  • Secure loose outdoor items (limbs, roofing material, windows (coverings), doors, debris (trash), etc.).
  • Fill vehicle, generator, and water tanks.
  • Check and charge radios.
  • Charge cell phones and carry your charger.
  • Have bottled water; make ice.
  • Gather flashlights, tools, and first aid supplies.
  • Have fresh batteries, candles, matches, water, groceries (canned and/or dry foods), and pet supplies.
  • Assure an adequate supply of first aid materials and prescription medications.
  • Stay home and let your family and office know how you plan to weather the storm, especially those family members in the United States.
  • Monitor our website or travel.state.gov or follow us on Facebook and Twitter at @travelgov. We will issue updated messages and information specific to the circumstances.
  • Prepare your family and home for flooding and power outages.


General Disaster Preparedness Websites: 
  • U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs Emergencies Abroad website – general information and resources for U.S. citizens experiencing an emergency outside of the United States.
  • U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs Natural Disasters website – general information and resources pertaining to natural disasters.
  • U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Ready website – general information and resources for emergency preparedness
  • American Red Cross – Member of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.


  • U.S. Embassy Hanoi: +84-24-3850-5000
  • U.S. Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City: +84-28-3520-4200
  • State Department, Consular Affairs: +1-888-407-4747 or +1-202-501-4444
  • Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)to receive security, travel, and weather or disaster-related updates.
  • Follow us on Facebook and Twitter


For further information:

See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Vietnam Country 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 Vietnam, located at 7 Lang Ha Street, Hanoi, Vietnam, at (84) (4) 3850 5000 from Vietnam or (+84) (4) 3850 5000 internationally, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., and from 1:00 p.m.  to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.  After hours emergency telephone (84) (4) 3850 5000/3850 5105 from Vietnam or (+84) 4 3850 5000/3850 5105 internationally.

Contact the U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, located at 4 Le Duan Blvd, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, at (84) (8) 3520-4200 from Vietnam or (+84) (8) 3520 4200 internationally, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., and from 1:00p.m.  to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.  After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens, please call the U.S. Consulate General 24/7 at (08) 3520-4200 within Vietnam, or (011) (84) (8) 3520-4200 internationally.

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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