Warden Message No. 147 March 20 Election Sunday Preparations and Travel

The U.S. Embassy Port-au-Prince issued the following Warden Message on March 18, 2011:

The U.S. Embassy in Port-au-Prince, Haiti is issuing this Warden Message to remind the U.S. Citizen Community in Haiti of the potential for elections-related violence throughout Haiti for the duration of the elections period.  Such civil disturbances can erupt quickly anywhere and without warning, and often are associated with the release of elections news.  Disturbances may include attacks on government or private facilities, residences, and businesses.  Violent acts are often politically motivated and while attacks may target specific people or interests, the potential for bystanders suffering collateral damage can be great.  U.S. citizens should have plans for sheltering in place in the event that civil unrest limits their travel and access to transportation links and businesses.

U.S. citizens are advised to use the days leading up to Election Sunday (March 20th) to buy groceries, supplies, and any other necessities to be prepared should civil disturbances disrupt normal travel and commerce. The Embassy also recommends against all non-essential travel and outings on Election Sunday. It is expected that local law enforcement assets will be used to secure polling stations thereby diminishing their response capability for travelers in the event of an emergency.  Please monitor your radio, email accounts, and SMS messages for any security announcements.

U.S. citizens are advised to remain especially vigilant and continue to monitor radio, television and other media, and to bring this Warden Message to the attention of any U.S. citizens in Haiti who may not have received it. They should be aware of their surroundings at all times and are encouraged to register with the U.S. Embassy. They can do so at https://travelregistration.state.gov/ibrs/ui/. The U.S. Embassy’s ability to provide direct assistance in the event of violent demonstrations is limited.

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