As a US citizen abroad, I get messages from the U.S. Embassy every once in awhile. I thought for the Americans that are still living in the USA, they might find it interesting to see an example of a “caution” message that is sent out:
Security Message from the United States Embassy
February 28, 2008
The United States Embassy in Singapore wishes to call to your attention the recent escape from detention in Singapore of known terrorist Mas Selamat Kastari. The Embassy notes that this escape has been widely reported in the media. The Embassy has no information concerning any specific threat to Americans or American interests in Singapore, but does remind Americans that the Department of State issued a Worldwide Caution on January 17, 2008 describing the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against Americans and interests throughout the world. American citizens are reminded to maintain a high level of vigilance and to take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness. Local authorities advise anyone who has information concerning Kastari’s whereabouts should call 999 in Singapore.
The full text of the World Wide Caution can be found at http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/pa/pa_1161.html# . U.S. citizens living or traveling in Singapore are encouraged to register with the U.S. Embassy through the State Department’s travel registration website at https://travelregistration.state.gov/ibrs/ui so that they can obtain updated information on travel and security. By registering, American citizens make it easier for the Embassy to contact them in case of emergency.
For the latest security information, Americans living and traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs Internet web site at http://travel.state.gov, where the current Worldwide Caution, Public Announcements, and Travel Warnings can be found. Up-to-date information on security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the U.S., or, for callers outside the U.S. and Canada, a regular toll line at 1-317-472-2328. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
The U.S. Embassy in Singapore is located at 27 Napier Road, tel. (65)6476-9100. For after-hours emergencies, please call (65) 6476-9100 and listen to the instructions to reach a duty officer.