Emergency Messages for U.S. Citizens
United States Consulate General Nogales Mexico
Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Gun Battles in Agua Prieta, Sonora
January 21, 2014
There have been gun battles in Agua Prieta, Sonora and it is possible that there will be additional firefights in that city. The most recent shootout occurred around 12 a.m. on January 21, 2014. It is believed that these engagements are the result of a dispute within a transnational criminal organization.
The recent firefights have taken place at night. It is probable that future battles will also occur at night. There are media reports that there is an informal curfew within Agua Prieta although the source of these reports is not known. The U.S. Consulate General in Nogales has not been able to confirm that a curfew is in effect. Even in the absence of an official curfew, it is a good practice to avoid non-essential travel after sunset in Agua Prieta.
U.S. citizens are reminded that when gunfire occurs, you should take shelter at your home or workplace and remain clear of all doors and windows. Additionally, you should review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates. Maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.
In order to receive the most current security information available, the U.S. Consulate General in Nogales encourages all United States Citizens living in or visiting northern Sonora to “Follow Us” on Twitter, or “Like Us” on Facebook. The Consulate will use Twitter and Facebook to disseminate regular and time sensitive information related to the security situation in northern Sonora .
To Follow Us on Twitter: twitter.com/USCGNogales
To Like Us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/ConsuladoNogales
We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Mexico enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at www.travel.state.gov. STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency. If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.
Regularly monitor the State Department's website, where you can find current Travel Warnings, (including the Travel Warning for Mexico), Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution. Read the Country Specific Information for Mexico. For additional information, refer to “A Safe Trip Abroad” on the State Department’s website
Contact the U.S. embassy or consulate for up-to-date information on travel restrictions. You can also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays). Follow us on Twitter and Facebook, and download our free Smart Traveler iPhone App to have travel information at your fingertips.
The U.S. Consulate General in Nogales is located at Calle San José s/n
Fraccionamiento los Alamos C. P. 84065 Nogales, Sonora and is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The main phone number for the U.S. Consulate General is 631-311-8150. If you are a U.S. citizen in need of urgent assistance, the emergency number for the U.S. Consulate General is 631-318-0723.