Alerts

Pretty random compared to the rest of the site, eh? Originally, I put the alerts section together when my sister traveled overseas. I wanted to build something she could reference without too much hassle to see what the threat situation is around the globe. Later, I expanded the entire thing to include weather, travel, threats, and even a “good bargain” section, based on rss feeds from slickdeals.net. This general alerts page has several categories together, but you can click specific categories in the sub-menu.

Also, a note on these feeds: When I updated this site to support plugins, all of the rss feeds were broken. I’ve restore most of them, but some still aren’t functional. I’m still not entirely sure why a few don’t work, but I’m hopeful I’ll find a solution at some point.

Weather Alerts

Weather alert feeds from the National Weather Service (NWS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

Tornado and Severe Thunderstorm Information

Tropical Storm Information

Alexandria, Louisiana

Dallas, Texas

Disaster Information

Federal disaster information feeds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

    Deals and Sales

    This serves as a collection of feeds related to items I’m interested in. For the most part, these are things I may want to buy, but am waiting for a sale before making a move. So far, these come from specific searches at Slickdeals.net, but in theory it could host any updated information from sites that support RSS.

    Well-Rated, Very Recent Laptops:

    Arlo Q Wifi Security Camera

    Frontpage Deals:

    Travel Advisories

    The link to Department of State’s information:
    https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/alertswarnings.html

    Travel Alerts – According to DOS, these are short term/situational events that you should be aware of when traveling to another country. Examples they give include stuff like worker strikes or protests during an election, a disease outbreak, or elevated risk of terrorist attacks.

    Travel Warnings – These are more long term. DOS says this means you should consider very carefully if you want to make the trip to one of these countries. Examples include unstable governments, civil war, frequent terrorist attacks, sustained high levels of violence, etc.

    • Benin - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
      on May 11, 2018 at 12:00 am

      Exercise normal precautions in Benin. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Exercise increased caution in: Urban areas due to crime. Beaches due to crime Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Benin: Do not physically resist any robbery attempt. Use caution when walking or driving at night. Keep a low profile. Travel in groups when visiting beaches to reduce the risk of robbery. Avoid travel between cities at night. Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter. Review the Crime and Safety Report for Benin. U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist. Urban areas Violent crime, such as armed robbery, and assault, is common. Local police lack the resources to respond effectively to […]

    • Panama - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
      on May 7, 2018 at 12:00 am

      Exercise normal precautions in Panama. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Do not travel to: Parts of the Mosquito Gulf due to crime. Parts of the Darién Region due to crime. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Panama: Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter. Review the Crime and Safety Report for Panama. U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist. Parts of the "Mosquito Gulf" – Level 4: Do Not Travel The “Mosquito Gulf” is an extremely remote and inaccessible area along part of the north (Caribbean) coast. Do not travel within 10 miles of the coastline, between Boca de Rio Chiriqui to Cocle […]

    • Nicaragua - Level 3: Reconsider Travel
      on May 4, 2018 at 12:00 am

      Reconsider travel to Nicaragua due to crime and civil unrest. On April 23, 2018, the U.S. government ordered the departure of U.S. government family members and authorized the departure of U.S. government personnel. Political rallies and demonstrations are occurring nearly daily, often with little notice or predictability. Some protests have resulted in injuries and deaths. Some demonstrations have elicited a strong response that has in the past included the use of tear gas, pepper spray, rubber bullets, and live ammunition against participants and occasionally have devolved into looting, vandalism, and acts of arson. Such acts may occur again in future demonstrations. Ability to purchase food and fuel may be limited suddenly, as recently occurred. Likewise, access to the Sandino airport in Managua may be blocked without warning. Both the Government of Nicaragua and the U.S. Embassy in Managua are limited in the assistance they can provide. Travel by U.S. government […]

    • Saint Kitts and Nevis - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
      on May 2, 2018 at 12:00 am

      Exercise normal precautions in St. Kitts and Nevis. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to St. Kitts and Nevis: Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter. Review the Crime and Safety Report for Barbados, which covers St. Kitts and Nevis. U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist. […]

    • Oman - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
      on April 30, 2018 at 12:00 am

      Exercise normal precautions in Oman. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Do not travel to: The Saudi Arabia and Yemen border areas due to terrorism and armed conflict. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Oman: Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter. Review the Crime and Safety Report for Oman. U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist. Saudi Arabia and Yemen border areas Terrorist attacks and violence are likely near the border with Yemen, and on the western portion of the border with Saudi Arabia. Crossing the Oman border into Yemen can be dangerous, and U.S. citizens who attempt to cross the Oman-Yemen border, from either Oman or Yemen, are routinely detained by […]

    • Sweden - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
      on April 25, 2018 at 12:00 am

      Exercise normal precautions in Sweden.  Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Sweden: Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter.  Review the Crime and Safety Report for Sweden. U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist. […]

    • Kyrgyzstan - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
      on April 24, 2018 at 12:00 am

      Exercise normal precautions in the Kyrgyz Republic.  Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page.  If you decide to travel to the Kyrgyz Republic: Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter. Review the Crime and Safety Report for the Kyrgyz Republic. U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist. […]

    • Central African Republic - Level 4: Do Not Travel
      on April 20, 2018 at 12:00 am

      Do not travel to Central African Republic (CAR) due to crime and civil unrest. Violent crime, such as armed robbery, aggravated battery, and homicide, is common. Large areas of the country are controlled by armed groups who regularly kidnap, injure, and/or kill civilians. In the event of unrest, airport, land border, and road closures may occur with little or no notice. On April 20, 2018, the Department ordered the departure of non-emergency U.S. government employees. The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in the Central African Republic as U.S. government employees must obtain special authorization to travel outside the Embassy compound. Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas. Read the Safety and Security section on the Country Information page. If you decide to travel to Central African Republic (CAR): Enroll your trip in the State Department's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). Draft a will and designate […]

    • Ecuador - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
      on April 19, 2018 at 12:00 am

      Exercise normal precautions in Ecuador. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Do not travel to: Esmeraldas, Carchi, and Sucumbíos provinces due to crime. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Ecuador: Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter. Review the Crime and Safety Reports for Ecuador. U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist. Esmeraldas, Carchi, and Sucumbíos Provinces – Level 4:  Do Not Travel Since January 2018, a transnational crime group has kidnapped and murdered Ecuadorian citizens in Esmeraldas province, in addition to carrying out bombings targeting Ecuadorian military and law enforcement. The U.S. government is limited in its ability […]

    • Turkmenistan - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
      on April 18, 2018 at 12:00 am

      Exercise normal precautions when traveling to Turkmenistan.  Please read the Safety and Security section on the Country Information page. If you decide to travel to Turkmenistan: Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter. Review the Crime and Safety Report for Turkmenistan. U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations.  Review the Traveler’s Checklist. […]

    • Saudi Arabia - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
      on April 16, 2018 at 12:00 am

      Exercise increased caution in Saudi Arabia due to terrorism and the threat of missile attacks on civilian targets.   Do not travel to: Within 50 miles of the border with Yemen due to terrorism and armed conflict. Terrorist groups continue plotting possible attacks in Saudi Arabia. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, transportation hubs, markets/shopping malls, and local government facilities. Terrorists have targeted both Saudi and Western government interests, mosques and other religious sites (both Sunni and Shia), and places frequented by U.S. citizens and other Westerners. Rebel groups operating in Yemen have fired long-range missiles into Saudi Arabia, specifically targeting populated areas and civilian infrastructure; they have publicly stated their intent to continue doing so. Missile attacks have targeted major cities such as Riyadh and Jeddah, Riyadh’s international airport, Saudi Aramco facilities, and vessels in Red Sea […]

    • Philippines - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
      on April 13, 2018 at 12:00 am

      Exercise increased caution in the Philippines due to crime, terrorism, civil unrest, and a measles outbreak.  Some areas have increased risk.  Read the entire Travel Advisory.     Do not travel to: The Sulu Archipelago, including the southern Sulu Sea, due to crime, terrorism, and civil unrest. Marawi City in Mindanao due to terrorism and civil unrest. Reconsider travel to: Other areas of Mindanao due to crime, terrorism, and civil unrest. Terrorist and armed groups continue plotting possible kidnappings, bombings, and other attacks in the Philippines.  Terrorist and armed groups may attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist locations, markets/shopping malls, and local government facilities.  The Philippine government has declared a “State of National Emergency on Account of Lawless Violence in Mindanao.” There is an outbreak of measles in the Philippines.  Philippine authorities have reported deaths in the National Capital […]

    • Cameroon - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
      on April 11, 2018 at 12:00 am

      Exercise increased caution in Cameroon due to crime. Some areas have increased risk.  Read the entire Travel Advisory. Do Not Travel to: North, Far North, Northwest and Southwest Regions, and Parts of East and Adamawa Regions due to crime, terrorism, and civil unrest. Violent crime, such as armed robbery and carjacking, is common. Local police lack the resources to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents. The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Adamawa (to the north or east of Ngaoundere), East (east of Bertoua), North, Far North, Northwest and Southwest Regions of Cameroon due to current official travel restrictions. Read the Safety and Security section on the Country Information page. If you decide to travel to Cameroon: Do not display signs of wealth, such as expensive watches or jewelry. Avoid demonstrations and public gatherings. Even events intended to be peaceful can become violent and turn deadly. Monitor local […]

    • British Virgin Islands - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
      on April 10, 2018 at 12:00 am

      Exercise normal precautions in The British Virgin Islands. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page                                       If you decide to travel to British Virgin Islands: Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter. Review the Crime and Safety Report for Barbados, which covers The British Virgin Islands. U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist. […]

    • Dominica - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
      on April 10, 2018 at 12:00 am

      Exercise normal precautions. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Dominica: Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter. Review the Crime and Safety Report for Barbados, which covers Dominica. U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist. &nbs […]

    • Anguilla - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
      on April 10, 2018 at 12:00 am

      Exercise normal precautions in Anguilla. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Anguilla: Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter. U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist. […]

    • South Africa - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
      on April 5, 2018 at 12:00 am

      Exercise increased caution in South Africa due to crime and drought. Violent crime, such as armed robbery, rape, carjacking, mugging, and "smash-and-grab" attacks on vehicles, is common. There is a higher risk of violent crime in the central business districts of major cities after dark. The South African government declared a national state of disaster due to drought in the country’s Western, Eastern, and Northern Cape Provinces. Water restrictions in Cape Town, which limit household water use to 50 liters per person per day, remain in effect. Water supplies in some other areas may also be affected. Please see our Alerts for up-to-date information. Read the Safety and Security section on the Country Information page. If you decide to travel to South Africa: Avoid walking alone, especially after dark. Avoid visiting informal settlement areas unless you are with someone familiar with the area. Do not display cash or valuables. Drive with doors locked and windows closed. Always […]

    • Republic of the Congo - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
      on April 3, 2018 at 12:00 am

      Exercise increased caution in the Republic of the Congo due to crime and civil unrest. Reconsider travel to: The southern and western districts of the Pool Region due to civil unrest and armed conflict. Violent crime, such as armed robbery and assault, is common. Political demonstrations can be unpredictable and violent. The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens outside Brazzaville.  U.S. government employees must obtain special authorization to travel to the Pool Region because of ongoing violence.  They must also obtain special permission to travel to Pointe Noire’s beaches due to crime. Read the Safety and Security section on the Country Information Page. If you decide to travel to the Republic of the Congo: Avoid demonstrations. Use caution when walking or driving at night. Always carry a copy of your U.S. passport and visa (if applicable). Keep original documents in a secure location.  Visit the CDC Travelers […]

    • Kenya - Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution
      on March 29, 2018 at 12:00 am

      Exercise increased caution in Kenya due to crime and terrorism. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Do not travel to: Kenya-Somalia border and some coastal areas due to terrorism. Reconsider travel to: Nairobi neighborhood of Eastleigh at all times and Old Town in Mombasa at night due to crime. Violent crime, such as armed carjacking, mugging, home invasion, and kidnapping, can occur at any time. Local police are willing but often lack the capability to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents and terrorist attacks. Emergency medical and fire service is also limited. Terrorists may attack with little or no warning, targeting Kenyan and foreign government facilities, tourist locations, transportation hubs, and markets/shopping malls. Terrorist acts could include armed assaults, suicide operations, bomb/grenade attacks, and kidnappings. Due to risks to civil aviation operating in the vicinity of the Kenyan-Somali border, the Federal Aviation […]

    • Costa Rica - Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions
      on March 28, 2018 at 12:00 am

      Exercise normal precautions in Costa Rica. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Do not travel to: Poas Volcano National Park due to a natural disaster. Exercise increased caution in: Central neighborhood in Limon due to crime. Liberia city due to crime. Desamparados neighborhood in San Rafael due to crime. Pavas and Hospital neighborhoods San Jose due to crime. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page. If you decide to travel to Costa Rica: Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter. Review the Crime and Safety Report for Costa Rica. U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist. Poas Volcano National Park Due to increased and unpredictable volcanic activity, including gas, ash, and vapor eruptions, Poas […]

    Threats

    Note: Most of the feeds below are currently broken. Sorry about that. Please consider the “Threats” section under construction for now.

    Department of State

    The Dept of State has several threat rss feeds, but they aren’t always up.

          DHS

          Threat information from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), including the National Terrorism Advisory System and Cybersecurity alerts.

          National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Alerts

            Cybersecurity

              DOJ and FBI

              Information from the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the FBI focused on federal law enforcement, significant cases in the news, and other alerts.

              FBI Top Stories

                  Kidnappings and Missing Persons

                    FBI Intelligence