Severe Weather & Natural Disasters


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The United States is a vast and geographically diverse country. Depending on where you are, you may be more at risk of experiencing severe weather or seismic events. It’s important to always be prepared.

Your safety is our priority. It is mandatory that you comply with any emergency procedures and follow instructions issued by your local Office of Emergency Management. In the event that your area initiates evacuation procedures, please ensure that you are safe and compliant with evacuation plans.

If you are traveling, please avoid areas affected by these events.

For the most current information and to learn what your local areas are doing to prepare for these emergencies, visit the websites of your local Offices of Emergency Management. They can also provide information about maintaining an emergency kit for such situations.

We encourage you to check reporting services like the following to get emergency updates.

Important Reminders Should You Be Evacuated:

  • Take important documents with you. This includes passport, Form DS-2019, Form I-94, Social Security Card, Financial Records, plane ticket, checks, credit cards, etc.
  • Take important contact numbers and e-mail addresses.
  • Bring the InterExchange office emergency telephone number for your program to call if needed
  • Contact your family members to let them know you are safe and how you can be reached.
  • Take Student Exchange Visitor Program U.S. Department of State contact information with you.
  • SEVP email address:
  • Department of State e-mail address:
  • Talk to your host employer or host family to get information and guidance on preparing for the storm.


The most important thing is to stay safe.

InterExchange Staff By

InterExchange is proud to have an experienced team that is dedicated to international cultural exchange. We come from a variety of backgrounds, but nearly every member of our New York City-based staff has extensive experience traveling, working, or living abroad.

U.S. Department of State-Designated J-1 Visa Sponsor
Alliance for International Exchange
The International Coalition for Global Education and Exchange
European-American Chamber of Commerce New York
Global Ties U.S.
International Au Pair Association
WYSE Travel Confederation