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16.05.19  /  Medium  /  Mexico – Environmental Emergency


16.05.19 Mexico Environmental Emergency

On 14 May 2019, authorities declared an environmental emergency for Mexico City after smoke from nearby wildfires pushed pollution levels to potentially harmful levels. Officials advised local residents to remain indoors and keep all doors and windows shut. Authorities plan to restrict vehicle circulation for most of 15 May. The city's mayor is also considering suspending student classes later in the week if air quality conditions do not improve.

16.05.19  /  Extreme  /  Iraq – Security Alert


16.05.19 Iraq Security Alert

On 15 May 2019, the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad issued a Security Alert, which reads in part as follows: “Event: The U.S. State Department has ordered the departure of non-emergency U.S. Government employees from Iraq, both at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and the U.S. Consulate in Erbil. Normal visa services at both posts will be temporarily suspended. The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Iraq. "Actions to Take: "Depart Iraq by commercial transportation as soon as possible "Avoid U.S. facilities within Iraq." Analyst Comment: The impetus for the departure order appears to be related to the increased threat of Iranian-sponsored militia attacks against U.S. targets. While there are no indications that such attacks are imminent, travelers to Iraq should monitor the situation closely.

15.05.19  /  High  /  Ethiopia – Travel Advice


15.05.19 Ethiopia Travel Advice

On 13 May 2019, the U.S. Department of State issued an updated Travel Advisory for Ethiopia, which reads in part as follows: "Exercise increased caution when traveling in Ethiopia due to sporadic civil unrest and communications disruptions. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. "Do Not Travel To: • Somali Regional State due to potential for civil unrest, terrorism, kidnapping, and landmines. "Reconsider Travel To: • The East Hararge region and the Guji zone of Oromia State due to armed conflict and civil unrest. • Benishangul Gumuz and the western part of Oromia State due to armed conflict and civil unrest. • Border areas with Kenya, Sudan, South Sudan, and Eritrea due to crime, armed conflict, and civil unrest. "Incidents of civil unrest and ethnic violence may occur without warning. "The Government of Ethiopia has restricted or shut down internet, cellular data, and phone services during and after civil unrest. These restrictions impede the U.S. Embassy’s ability to communicate with, and provide consular services to, U.S. citizens in Ethiopia. "The U.S. Embassy has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens outside of Addis Ababa. As a precaution, U.S. government personnel must request permission for any travel outside of Addis Ababa (personal and official), and are required to carry personnel tracking devices and, in some cases, satellite phones. U.S. government personnel and their families may not travel to the areas listed as Level 3 and Level 4 in this Travel Advisory except for official business and with prior approval from the Embassy." The travel advisory can be viewed in full here.

15.05.19  /  High  /  United States – Two Seaplanes Collide


15.05.19 United States Two Seaplanes Collide

On 13 May 2019, two floatplanes carrying tourists collided in midair near the town of Ketchikan, located approximately 225 mi (360 km) southeast of Juneau, Alaska. The accident involved a Havilland Otter DHC-3 carrying 11 passengers and a Havilland DHC-2 Beaver with five passengers on board. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, five people were killed and 10 others were injured. One passenger remains missing. The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) are investigating the accident.

15.05.19  /  Medium  /  Costa Rica – U.S. Federal Aviation Administration Assigns a Category 2


15.05.19 Costa Rica U.S. Federal Aviation Administration Assigns a Category 2

On 13 May 2019, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announced that it has assigned a Category 2 International Aviation Safety Assessment (IASA) rating to Costa Rica following a reassessment of the country’s civil aviation authority Dirección General de Aviación Civil (DGAC). The FAA stated that Costa Rica -- which had held a Category 1 rating since 1996 -- is no longer in compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) safety standards. All Cost Rican carriers currently operating to the U.S. can continue extant flight services, but will be prohibited from adding further services. The FAA assigns a Category 2 rating to a country that “either lacks laws or regulations necessary to oversee air carriers in accordance with minimum international standards, or its civil aviation authority is deficient in one or more areas, such as technical expertise, trained personnel, record-keeping, or inspection procedures.”

11.05.19  /  High  /  Jamaica – State of Emergency Extended


11.05.19 Jamaica State of Emergency Extended

On 9 May 2019, the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) issued updated travel advice for Jamaica, which reads in part as follows: “The State of Emergency in the parishes of St James, which includes Montego Bay, Hanover and Westmoreland has been extended to 13 August 2019.”
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