The U.S. Embassy in Vientiane released the following Warden Message on August 25, 2010:
This warden message is being issued to alert U.S. citizens residing or traveling in Laos that the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) http://www.usno.navy.mil/JTWC has issued alerts for Tropical Storm Mindulle, which is currently located 115 miles southwest of Hanoi, Vietnam.
Tropical Storm Mindulle is expected to hit central and northern Laos today, with sustained maximum wind speeds that may be as high as 39mph or 63 km/h. If the storm follows its current projected track, it will cross into central and northern Laos in the general vicinity of Xieng Khouang and adjoining provinces as early as this evening.
Please continue to monitor the Embassy’s web site at http://laos.usembassy.gov as well as the JTWC website for updated information.
A storm of Tropical Storm Mindulle’s strength may cause some flooding, and winds may cause damage to trees, shrubbery and unsecured objects. If you are in an area affected by the storm, you are urged to locate shelter, monitor media reports, and follow all official instructions. You should carry your travel documents at all time (i.e. U.S. passport, birth certificate, picture ID’s, etc.) or secure them in safe, waterproof locations. We also suggest that you contact friends and family in the United States with updates about your whereabouts. If you are visiting in Laos, you should be familiar with you hotel evacuation plans. Flights into and out of affected airports may be suspended at any time.
You will find additional information on hurricanes and storm preparedness on our “Hurricane Season-Know Before You Go” webpage, and on the “Natural Disasters” page of the Bureau of Consular Affairs website. Updated information on travel in Laos may be obtained from the Department of State by calling 1-888-407-4747 within the United States and Canada, or from overseas, 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays). Please consult the Country Specific Information for Laos, available on the Bureau of Consular Affairs website.
For any emergencies involving U.S. citizens, please contact the U.S. Citizens Services Unit of the U.S. Embassy’s Consular Section, located at Rue Bartholonie, That Dam, Vientiane, Laos. The American Citizen Services Unit can be reached by calling (856) 21-267-000 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The emergency after hours telephone number is (856) 20-550-2016. The web site for the U.S. Embassy Vientiane is http://laos.usembassy.gov.