Natural Disaster Alert– U.S. Mission Greece, August 3, 2021
Event: Wildfires in Greece
The U.S. Mission in Greece alerts U.S. citizens to ongoing wildfires throughout Greece. U.S. citizens should exercise extreme caution in the affected areas, including in Evia, Kos, and around the Varymbobi area in the northern suburbs of Athens. Civil Protection authorities are coordinating evacuations from the affected areas.
The General Secretariat for Civil Protection has announced an Extreme Fire Risk (Category 5 alarm) for the island of Rhodes, and Very High Risk (Category 4) for many areas in Greece on August 4, 2021 according to the Daily Fire Risk Map. This high risk of fire is expected to continue in the coming days.
U.S. citizens living in or traveling near any of the affected areas should follow instructions from local authorities and closely monitor the local media and emergency alerts. The following resources contain official information about the wildfires:
- Civil Protection Announcements
- Civil Protection Forest Fire Self-Protection Guidelines
- Daily Fire Prediction Map
Actions to Take:
- Follow all Greek government announcements and instructions.
- Call the Fire Service call center at 199 to report a fire.
- Carry identity and travel documents with you at all times.
- U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts
U.S. Embassy Athens
U.S. Consulate General Thessaloniki
State Department – Consular Affairs
(888) 407-4747 or (202) 501-4444
Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security updates