Public Notice

Email to Wardens and AmCits: SMS Contract Message

U.S. Embassy Suva is pleased to announce that we are now ready to begin offering a text messaging service to advise Americans resident in our Consular District of emergency situations such as tsunami warnings, updates on approaching cyclones, and unexpected Embassy closings.

In order to be included in this service please email your cell phone number to SuvaACS@state.gov and include in the subject line the words “SMS text messaging request.”

Your request to be included in the service is your acknowledgement that you have read and understand the following disclosure statement:

“The Embassy is now offering a new SMS text messaging/list service for American citizens.  The service will be administered by a private, contracted firm, Vodaphone.  This service will provide American citizens resident in our Consular District information on emergency situations such as tsunami warnings and updates on approaching cyclones.  The sole use of this information is to provide Wardens and other resident Americans with information about situations and alerts normally provided through our Warden Program.  The information will not be used for any other purposes or consular programs.

These contract services are provided officially on behalf of the Department of State.  Exchange of information between the Department and a contractor performing a function on behalf of this Agency are covered in the Department’s Routine Use statement defined in the Privacy Act of 1974 (Amendment of Prefatory Statement of Routine Uses to Department of State Privacy Act Issuances, 73 Fed. Reg. 40649, July 15, 2008).  The information provided by you or the Embassy is therefore subject to the provisions of the Privacy Act (5 USC, 552a).  The Embassy warden system will still continue to function as normal.”

Location:  Suva, Fiji

Event:  A person was attacked by several individuals in downtown Suva at 2:30 a.m. Saturday morning, sustaining serious injuries. Several similar attacks occurred in the same area earlier this year, targeting patrons exiting restaurants and nightclubs. To date, the culprits have not been apprehended.

The U.S. Embassy’s Regional Security Office has strongly discouraged Embassy staff from walking in downtown Suva after dark.

Actions to Take:

  • Avoid walking in downtown Suva after dark.
  • If you plan to be downtown after dark, consider arranging door-to-door transportation.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • When possible, travel with others.
  • Call 917 to reach Fiji Police in an emergency.

Assistance:

  • U.S. Embassy Suva, Fiji

+679 331 4466

SuvaACS@state.gov

https://fj.usembassy.gov

  • State Department – Consular Affairs
    888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444

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