Emergency Preparedness

Not a complete list, but a good start of things you should consider being prepared for as we head into another rainy season.

In Costa Rica you are liable to encounter torrential rain, lightning, flooding, earthquakes, landslides, volcanic actions... and that's just in your own neighborhood! Besides paying attention to your home and property needs, don't forget to give your vehicles the once-over before bad weather sets in - be sure you have the proper (and required) emergency-road kit on-board and that your vehicle is in good working order. Be Prepared!

We house this information here, which we appropriated from the US Embassy, for your quick reference.

Hurricane Season Begins June 1st:    As we approach the upcoming hurricane season, it is important to take necessary precautions to ensure your safety and well-being.  Hurricanes are not just a coastal problem. Impacts from wind and water can be felt hundreds of miles inland, and significant impacts can occur regardless of the storm’s strength.In Costa Rica, storms based in the Caribbean Sea have resulted in significant rainfall and flooding on Costa Rica’s Pacific coast. The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has predicted an above-average hurricane season for 2023, so follow these steps to stay informed and prepared in case a hurricane threatens your area.     

Determine Your Risk:  Find out today which types of wind and water hazards could happen where you live, and then start preparing how to handle them. Know if you live in an area prone to flooding and if you are safe to remain in your home in the event of a major storm.  The first step to prepare for a hurricane is to stay informed about weather conditions. Monitoring local weather reports and alerts from the Costa Rican government can help determine your risk.    

Assemble Disaster Supplies:  Whether you’re evacuating or sheltering-in-place,have the following items on hand to ensure your family’s basic comfort and well-being: 
Water: at least one gallon per person per day for three to seven days, plus water for pets. 
Food: at least enough for three to seven days, including: non-perishable packaged or canned food.  
Radio: battery powered with extra batteries. 
Blankets, pillows, etc. 
First Aid Kit  
Toiletries  and medicatio
Flashlight and batteries 
Pet care items    

Strengthen Your Home:  Make sure your home is in good repair and up to local hurricane building code specifications to withstand wind impacts. Have the proper plywood, steel, or aluminum panels to board up the windows and doors.  If you’re a renter, work with your landlord now to prepare your home for a storm. This could include cleaning out roof and any other property rain gutters, trimming back potentially damaging tree branches, checking for loose debris around your property that could become airborne. For more information, please visit the National Hurricane Center and follow the advice of local authorities as provided on the Costa Rican National Committee on the Prevention of Risks and Emergency Attention website (please note this page is in Spanish language, but if you use the Google browser you can automatically translate the page to your language) or on Twitter.       

It is important to be aware of other potential hazards in Costa Rica. Click here to go to the US Embassy page to see the most recent MASCOT message about crime in Costa Rica and protective measures.  You can continually familiarize yourself with the local emergency services and procedures and stay up to date on any relevant travel advisories. 

posted 5/11/2023