It’s always important to know the resources available in the event of an emergency and to know there is a strong network of support in place. Here at Gran Pacifica, the team continues to create these systems for our residents and guests. As such, in May 2015, the U.S. Consulate General appointed me Consular Warden to the Gran Pacifica area.
Consular Wardens work with U.S. Embassies
In Nicaragua as well as the rest of the world, Consular Wardens work with U.S. Embassies to ensure the health and security of individuals in their respective communities. The term “warden” was derived from World War II, when Air Raid Wardens alerted citizens to emergencies, such as bombing raids. Think of me as your very own Batman-like street corner vigilante, fighting for the wellbeing of everyone who lives, works and visits the Gran Pacifica Resort. In actuality, it is a very tame position - for any comic book enthusiasts I just disappointed, you may still think of me as Batman.
Smart Travelers’ Enrollment Program (STEP)
The Consular Warden program is in place to facilitate communication between the U.S. Embassy and the U.S. citizen community. One important program that will allow me to help Gran Pacifica guests and residents is the U.S. State Department’s STEP program, or Smart Travelers’ Enrollment Program. STEP is a free service provided by the U.S. Government to citizens and nationals either traveling to or living in a foreign county. Enrolling in STEP is simple, and ensures travelers immediate access to warnings and alerts, evacuation contingencies, and other urgent information about breaking events in Nicaragua.
I can also provide assistance in:
- Helping family members or loved ones locate you in the event that you go missing, are hospitalized, or incarcerated.
- Providing information regarding topics such as voter registration and income taxes.
- Providing information about Consular events being held in the Gran Pacifica area.
- Linking Americans to the right person at the U.S. Embassy for assistance.
American Citizen Services Unit of the U.S. Consulate in Managua
As a Consular Warden, I will periodically meet with the American Citizen Services unit of the U.S. Consulate in Managua to discuss matters relevant to the security of American citizens in Nicaragua- specifically for Gran Pacifica and the surrounding areas. I have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Consulate acknowledging my responsibilities under the Privacy Act of 1974, and am by law bound to protect information given to me. Discussions and subjects brought to my attention in confidence will not be disclosed.
Advoacting for Everyone in the Gran Pacifica Resort & Surrounding Communities
As our Gran Pacifica Community consists of more than just U.S. citizens, I look forward to advocating for anyone in the Gran Pacifica Resort and surrounding communities. Ultimately, a Consular Warden is an added resource and liaison for all.
If you have any questions, need assistance, or would like to say hello, I can be reached by email at [email protected] See you all soon out in beautiful Gran Pacifica on the edge of the sea!