Canada Offers Condolences, Calls for Caution as Hurricane Sandy Develops

October 27, 2012 - The Honourable Diane Ablonczy, Minister of State of Foreign Affairs (Americas and Consular Affairs), today offered Canada’s condolences to the people of the Caribbean affected by Hurricane Sandy, and called on Canadians abroad to be prudent.

“Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with those affected by the storm,” said Minister Ablonczy. “All Canadians in the region are encouraged to be cautious as the storm continues to develop and move north.”

To date, there are no reports of Canadian fatalities or injuries as a result of the storm.

Canadian citizens travelling or living abroad are encouraged to register with the Registration of Canadians Abroad service on the www.travel.gc.ca website in order to receive the latest advice from the Canadian mission responsible for the area in which they are located. Also, they can consult the relevant country Travel Report or follow Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada on Twitter: @DFAIT_MAECI for the latest updates on travel advice and warnings.

Canadian citizens in Jamaica and the Bahamas affected by the hurricane and requiring emergency consular assistance should contact the Canadian High Commission in Kingston at (876) 926-1500, or call Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada’s Emergency Watch and Response Centre collect at 613-996-8885. An email can also be sent to sos@international.gc.ca.

Canadian citizens in Haiti affected by the hurricane and requiring emergency consular assistance should contact the Canadian Embassy in Port-au-Prince at 011 (509) 2-812-9000, or call Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada’s Emergency Watch and Response Centre collect at 613-996-8885. An email can also be sent to sos@international.gc.ca.

Canadian citizens in Cuba affected by the hurricane and requiring emergency consular assistance should contact the Canadian Embassy in Havana at (53-7) 204-2516. They may also call Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada's Emergency Watch and Response Centre collect at 613-996-8885. An email can also be sent to sos@international.gc.ca.

Friends and relatives in Canada seeking information on Canadian citizens believed to have been affected by the storm should call the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade’s Emergency Watch and Response Centre at 613-996-8885, or toll-free within Canada at 1-800-387-3124. Alternatively, they may send an email to sos@international.gc.ca.

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For further information, media representatives may contact:

Joshua Zanin
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of State of Foreign Affairs (Americas and Consular Affairs)
613-944-2300

Foreign Affairs Media Relations Office
Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada
613-995-1874
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