A security notice purportedly issued by the US Government to its mission employees at its embassy near Monrovia is making its round on social media in Liberia.
The notice urged urgent preparations for potential emergency situations in Liberia. The Security Notice 12.23, was issued September 20, 2023 by the Regional Security Office (RSO). It has prompted employees to prepare for necessary measures to ensure their safety and well-being in case of an unforeseen crisis.
The notice emphasizes the importance of storing adequate supplies at home, with a particular focus on the inclusion of essential items in 72-hour emergency kits. These kits are recommended to consist of vital provisions such as water, food, warm clothing, flashlights and cash in both US and Liberian Dollars, etc. The RSO also stressed the significance of having passports and other important documents readily available.
The advise is not directed at Liberians but according Liberian security experts, this purported security alert indicates the potential existence of an imminent threat or an increased risk level within the country.
While the specific nature of the anticipated emergency scenario has not been disclosed in the notice, the urgency behind the advisory suggests that it is crucial for all individuals, including even Liberians, to remain vigilant and prepared for any potential disruption to daily life, said the Liberian security expert who prefared not to be named.
The US Government’s alleged proactive approach in issuing this security alert reflects their commitment to the safety and well-being of their mission employees in Liberia. By recommending the storage of essential supplies and the maintenance of important documents, the government aims to ensure that its personnel can effectively respond to emergencies and mitigate risks in a timely manner.
Moreover, this security notice serves as a reminder of the shared responsibility the US Government has to its citizens to prioritize their security and emergency preparedness. It underscores the importance of individuals taking their own precautionary measures to protect themselves and their families during times of crisis, another security sources hinted.
“Even though the alert is intended for missiin employees, in light of this alert, it is advisable for all residents, not just US mission employees, to consider the implications and take appropriate steps to enhance their personal safety. This may involve creating emergency kits, maintaining necessary supplies, and staying informed about potential risks through reliable sources of information”, said our source.
The US Government’s commitment to the security of its mission employees in Liberia, as demonstrated by the issuance of this security notice, reflects the importance of preparedness and highlights the need for sustained vigilance in the face of potential emergencies. By adhering to the recommendations outlined in the notice, individuals can contribute to their own safety and strengthen the overall security of the community, our source added.
The US Embassy in Monrovia has not been reached to comment on this latest security notice which was allgedly signed by one Kelvin Dougherty, regional security officer. Efforts are being made by Smart News to contact the US Embassy near Monrovis to varify the authenticity of the the notice.