Typhoon Season and Storm Preparedness

Typhoon Season and Storm Preparedness – U.S. Embassy and U.S. Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City (May 6, 2021)

Location: Vietnam

Event:  Typhoon Season and Storm Preparedness in Vietnam

The U.S. Embassy in Hanoi and Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City alert U.S. citizens to the risk of severe storms and typhoons that occur in the central and mainland provinces of Vietnam.  The typhoon season in Vietnam runs from approximately June 1 through the end of November and the tropical cyclone season runs from November 1 to April 30 of the following year.  Recent storms in Vietnam have resulted in widespread flooding, landslides, and loss of life in the central region.

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.

Actions to Take:

  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program step.state.gov.
  • Monitor the U.S. Joint Typhoon Warning Center.
  • Locate shelter and follow all official instructions, including evacuation if ordered.
  • Always carry your travel documents (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, etc.).
  • Fill vehicle, generator, and water tanks.
  • Check and charge radios.
  • Charge cell phones and carry your charger.
  • Store a 3-day supply of bottled water; make ice.
  • Gather flashlights, tools, and first aid supplies.
  • Keep a store of 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, travel.state.gov, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter @travelgov. We will issue updated messages and information specific to the circumstances.
  • Prepare your family and home for flooding and power outages. 

Assistance:

  • U.S. Embassy Hanoi 024-3850-5000
  • U.S. Consulate General Ho Chi Minh City 028-3520-4200
  • State Department, Consular Affairs, 888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
  • 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.
  • Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security updates.
  • Follow us on Facebook and Twitter

For more information on how to prepare for typhoons and other natural disasters, please visit the State Department’s Natural Disaster webpage.  Please also check the State Department’s Worldwide Caution webpage for Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Vietnam Country Specific Information.