Typhoon Bopha

Press Statement
Mark C. Toner
Deputy Spokesperson
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
December 5, 2012

The United States offers condolences for the destruction and loss of life in the southern Philippines and the widespread damage to populated areas in Palau caused by Typhoon Bopha. Our embassies in Manila and Koror have offered immediate disaster relief assistance, and we are working closely with authorities in both countries to offer additional assistance as needed. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by this tragedy.

A Message to U.S. Citizens About Hurricane and Typhoon Season

A man walks along the waterfront as Hurricane Irene passes to the east of Nassau on New Providence Island in the Bahamas, August 25, 2011.

More: FEMA Hurricane Preparedness | August 23 Travel Warning — The Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands

U.S. citizens traveling to storm-prone regions during hurricane and typhoon season should carefully consider the potential dangers and inconveniences associated with their travel before finalizing plans. Even inland areas far from the coastline can experience destructive winds, tornadoes, and floods from tropical storms, hurricanes and typhoons. Those who choose to travel should devise an emergency plan in advance of their departure. Prior to leaving the United States,… more »