Statement from Spokesperson Heather Nauert: Updated Hurricane Irma Response # 2

September 10, 2017
Press Corps colleagues,
The following is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert:

 

The Department of State is working with the Department of Defense to continue evacuation flights on September 11. U.S. citizens desiring to leave should proceed to the airport to arrive by noon on Monday carrying their U.S. passport or other proof of U.S. citizenship and identity. Passengers may be allowed to carry on one small bag. Medications and any other essential items should be carried on your person.

Note, passengers arriving at St Maarten Airport should expect long wait times. There is no running water at the airport and very limited shelter.

The Department of State has received information that Royal Caribbean Cruise Line ship near the port of Sint Maarten has departed. Contact the cruise line directly with any questions at stormhelp@rccl.com.
U.S. citizens in need of evacuation on Sint Maarten should shelter in place until Monday, listen to 101.1 FM radio for updates.

The Department of State continues to communicate with U.S. citizens in Sint Maarten via social media, radio, and phone with hotels where citizens are staying as well as through wardens on the island. The Department of State is coordinating with AirBnB to identify and communicate with U.S. citizens not located at hotels who may have rented residences on the island.

Evacuation efforts will prioritize U.S. citizens needing urgent medical care, followed by a broad call with additional information for other U.S. citizens remaining on the island.

We continue to advise U.S. citizens to shelter in place at a secure location until they have specific and confirmed departure plans.

The Department of State wishes to express our deep condolences for the loss of life following this extreme weather event. We will continue to mobilize every asset at our disposal to protect U.S. citizens abroad.

Regards,
State Department Press Office