North & Central America
Whilst the region may be definied in disaster terms by the events of September 7th 2001 - 7/11 - when a total of 2,992 people lost their lives in the terrorist attacks on the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the failed attempt to target Washington DC with a fourth plane - the worst disaster this century was as a result of the Haiti earthquake in January 2010 where 222,000 people lost their lives.
Indeed more people died from Cholera after the earthquake than were killed on 7/11. Haiti has been unfortunate enough to have suffered from the 4 most damaging disdasters to hit the region since the turn of the century.
The North American mainliand also suffered greatly following the August 2005, Hurricane Katrina which claimed 1,800 lives and caused the devastation of the city of New Orleans.
To assist the many thousands of its citizens that live, work and travel abroad, the US Government State Department’s Office of American Citizens Services and Crisis Management (ACS) provides a service that informs the public of conditions abroad that may affect their safety and security. Country Specific Information, Travel Alerts, and Travel Warnings are vital parts of this program - the UK Government's advice is as follows:-
- Anguilla (British Overseas Territory)
- Antigua and Barbuda
- Bermuda (British Overseas Territory)
- British Virgin Islands (British Overseas Territory)
- Cayman Islands (British Overseas Territory)
- Costa Rica
- Dominica, Commonwealth of
- Dominican Republic
- El Salvador
- Montserrat (British Overseas Territory)
- Netherlands Antilles
- Saint Christopher and Nevis (St Kitts & Nevis)
- Saint Lucia
- St Pierre & Miquelon
- St Vincent and the Grenadines
- The Bahamas
- Trinidad and Tobago
- Turks & Caicos Islands (British Overseas Territory)
- United States