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Warden Message
July 14, 2010

In the aftermath of the recent bombings in Kampala, Uganda, the Department of State again reminds U.S. citizens to be cautious when frequenting prominent public places and landmarks, especially large crowded venues that lack security screening.  Beware of unattended baggage or packages left in any location.  It is critical to remember that a bomb can look like anything.  Practice good situational awareness by being aware of suspicious objects or individuals around you, and use the “3-R” rule (Recognize, Run Away, Report) to respond to a suspicious device. 

If you do hear an explosion:

  • Move away from windows
  • Evacuate to a safe area
  • Assist the injured
  • Be aware of the potential for secondary devices or explosions

U.S. citizens are strongly urged to review the Department of State’s Country Specific Information for Ethiopia and the Department’s website at:  The Embassy’s recent Warden Messages for Ethiopiawarden messages are available at:

For the latest security information, U.S. citizens living and traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs internet website at, where the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Alerts, 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. and Canada, or for callers outside the U.S. and Canada, a regular toll-line at 1-202-501-4444.  These numbers are available from 8 AM to 8 PM Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. Federal Holidays.)

The U.S. Embassy is located at Entoto Road, P.O. Box 1014, in Addis Ababa.  U.S. citizens with questions or concerns may telephone the Consular Section at 251-11-517-4000.  Our email address is and our website is