Town Hall Meeting

RSO Jessica McTigue discusses security precautions at the Town Hall Meeting
RSO Jessica McTigue discusses security precautions at the Town Hall Meeting

On January 21, Embassy N’Djamena hosted its first Town Hall of 2015, with a large turnout of more than 100 U.S. citizens and visitors.  Ambassador Knight greeted the guests and took questions on security, introduced recently arrived officers, and the director of the New Embassy Compound (NEC) under construction provided an overview of the project.

During the Town Hall, Embassy N’Djamena encouraged U.S. citizens (UScits) to maintain close ties with the Embassy.  Ambassador Knight, the Consul, and the Regional Security Officer (RSO) each stressed the importance of registering with the Embassy in person or online via the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), explaining that registration is important for sharing information, whether routine or of a security nature, with resident UScits.  The Ambassador explained that the Embassy could alert our UScit community and offer assistance in a time of crisis only “if we know how to reach you.”

U.S. citizens and guests at the Town Hall Meeting
U.S. citizens and guests at the Town Hall Meeting

The RSO gave an overview of Chad’s security situation, covering both potential threats from regional unrest related to extremism, and personal safety protocols involving general crime. This information is also covered in Chad’s Travel Warning.  The RSO reiterated cautions conveyed in Embassy N’Djamena’s most recent Warden Message (January 2015) to UScits in Chad that, while there is no specific threat information targeting UScits at this time, each individual should take steps to mitigate their risk.  These steps could include avoiding potentially volatile situations, and maintaining caution at public gathering places frequented by foreigners.  She also encouraged all to review their the personal emergency and evacuation plans, and stressed the importance of keeping on hand basic supplies, such as food, water, medicine, fuel, and cash, and maintaining a reliable means of communication.  Following the RSO’s presentation, in the Town Hall’s non-security related segment, the director of the construction of the NEC provided an overview of the NEC’s progress.

Embassy N’Djamena invites U.S. Citizens in Chad to attend quarterly Town Hall meetings; the next meeting will be in April.  To receive notice of upcoming events, as well as important security information, U.S. citizens should enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).  Those without Internet access may register directly with the U.S. Embassy in N’Djamena located on Avenue Felix Eboue in N’Djamena; the Embassy’s mailing address is BP 413 N’Djamena Chad.  Embassy telephone numbers are + (235) 2251-62-11, 2251-70-09, 2251-77-59, 2251-90-52, 2251-92-18, and 2251-92-33.  For after-hours emergencies, U.S. citizens in Chad should call +235 6662-2100 and ask to speak with the duty officer.

Stay up to date by bookmarking http://travel.state.gov/, which contains current Travel Warnings and Alerts, Country Specific Information for Chad and the current Worldwide Caution, and by following the Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs on Twitter and Facebook.