The U.S. Mission in Greece alerts U.S. citizens to ongoing wildfires on the island Rhodes, and high risk of wildfires in many regions of Greece. U.S. citizens should exercise extreme caution in affected areas. Civil Protection authorities are coordinating evacuations from the affected areas. Wildfires may create additional disruptions in the wider areas, such as power and/or water outages, poor air quality, and road closures. The Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs has activated a Crisis Management Unit to facilitate the evacuation of foreign citizens in Greece due to ongoing forest fires. U.S. citizens in need of emergency evacuation assistance may contact the unit at the following telephone numbers:
The General Secretariat for Civil Protection has announced Very High Risk (Category 4 alarm) for many areas in Greece 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
- Hellenic Fire Service
Actions to Take:
- Follow all Greek government announcements and instructions.
- Register with Greece’s Emergency Communications Service for warning messages by SMS, e-mail, or voicemail if you don’t have a smart phone.
- Call the Fire Service call center at 199 to report a fire.
- Call the Emergency Communications Service at 112 for emergency assistance.
- Check with airlines or the Athens International Airport (+30-210-353-0000) if service or transportation routes may be affected.
- 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. 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.
U.S. Embassy Athens
U.S. Consulate General Thessaloniki
State Department – Consular Affairs
(888) 407-4747 or (202) 501-4444
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