Warden Messages 2011
SMS Text Messaging Alert System
31 January 2011
On 1 February 2011 U.S. Embassy Bamako is launching a new SMS Alert System so that American Citizens will be able to receive important alerts from the Embassy via text message on their mobile phones.
The SMS Alert System will not replace the current e-mail-based warden system, but rather will enhance the availability of warden messages to those without immediate access to a computer. This new system will send a text message containing a brief description of urgent warden messages and prompt subscribers to check their e-mail for more details.
Enrollment in the SMS Alert System is optional. In order to enroll, U.S. citizens simply need to email the Consular Section their mobile phone number at ConsularBamako@state.gov using the subject line “Add Me to SMS.”
At any point, citizens may elect to leave the SMS Alert System by sending an e-mail to ConsularBamako@state.gov with the subject line “Remove Me from SMS” along with their mobile phone number.
Whether or not citizens enrolled with the U.S. Embassy decide to subscribe to the SMS alert system, they will continue to receive warden messages via e-mail.
If you have not updated your enrollment information within the past six months, the U.S. Embassy encourages you to visit the Consular Section any Thursday between 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM, or any Friday between 08:30 AM and 11:00 AM to do so, or to send an e-mail to ConsularBamako@state.gov with the following information:
- Your current phone number(s);
- Current location/address in Mali;
- Date of expected departure from Mali .
You can stay in touch and get Embassy updates by checking the U.S. Embassy Bamako web site (http://mali.usembassy.gov). You can also get global updates at the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs website where you can find the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information (http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_962.html). If you don't have internet access, we have a call center for updates--1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the U.S. and Canada, or outside the U.S. and Canada on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except federal holidays).
If you are going to live in or travel to Mali, please take the time to tell us about your trip by enrolling in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP - https://travelregistration.state.gov/ibrs/ui/). If you enroll, we can keep you up to date with important safety and security announcements. It will also help your friends and family get in touch with you in an emergency. You should remember to keep all of your information in STEP up to date. It is important during enrollment or updating of information to include your current phone number and current email address where you can be reached in case of an emergency.
The U.S. Embassy in Bamako (http://mali.usembassy.gov/) is located at ACI 2000, Rue 243 Porte 297. The Consular Section can be contacted at +223 20 70 25 05, or via email at email@example.com. For after-hours emergencies, please contact the Embassy Duty Officer via the Marine Guard at (+223) 20 70 23 01 or 20 70 23 02.