Warden Meeting

Ambassador Nolan recently welcomed Wardens to the U.S. Embassy.  A Warden is a private U.S. citizen or local representative living in Suriname who volunteers to assist the Embassy’s American Citizen Services Section in communicating with Americans in Suriname, preparing for disasters, and alerting American citizens to emergency situations.  During the meeting Ambassador Nolan expressed his gratitude to the Wardens who provide vital assistance to the U.S. Embassy and American community in Suriname in times of crisis.  The meeting was also an opportunity for the Embassy’s Consular Chief to update the Wardens on the latest procedures and information about the program.

Americans traveling abroad are encouraged to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).  STEP is a free service provided by the U.S. Government to U.S. citizens who are traveling to, or living in, a foreign country.  STEP allows you to record information about your upcoming trip abroad that the Department of State can use to assist you in case of an emergency.  Americans residing abroad can also get routine information from the U.S. Embassy.  American citizens who register with STEP will become part of our Warden System.  Your name will be given to a Warden in your area.  In the event of an emergency, your Warden would contact you to pass on information from the Embassy.  The Embassy also periodically e-mails Warden Messages containing information on local security, health, and other conditions that may be of interest to Americans in Suriname.

For more information about STEP please visit www.travel.state.gov.