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Alert: Nationwide Civil Defense Drill on August 23, 2023
August 18, 2023

Alert: Nationwide Civil Defense Drill on August 23, 2023

Location:  Republic of Korea

Event:  The Republic of Korea (ROK) government will carry out a nationwide civil defense drill on August 23, 2023, at 14:00 (2:00pm) local time.  The scheduled exercise will begin with an air-raid warning at 14:00 (2:00pm) and end with a lifting siren at 14:20 (2:20pm).  Following the air-raid warning, Korean authorities will restrict the movement of residents and the operation of vehicles for approximately 15 minutes.  While this exercise is not an actual emergency, please cooperate with all instructions from Korean authorities.


  • If directed by authorities, drivers should park or pull over.
  • If directed by authorities, pedestrians should move to the nearest safe-haven or underground shelter.  When arriving at a shelter, follow the instructions of emergency staff.
  • Monitor local media, television, and radio for updates.
  • Ensure your information is updated with the U.S. Embassy at https://step.state.gov.
  • If you know of any U.S. Citizens that DID NOT receive this message, please advise them to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).

For more information about the civil defense drill and shelter locations, please consult the Ministry of Interior and Safety and the National Disaster and Safety Portal.  The ROK government recommends downloading the Emergency Ready App.

EMBASSY OPERATIONS: Consular operations (including visa interviews, passport interviews, and Consular Report of Birth Abroad application acceptance) will continue uninterrupted.  U.S. citizens requiring emergency consular assistance can call 02-397-4114.

ASSISTANCEU.S. Embassy SeoulTelephone: 02-397-4114SeoulInfoACS@state.gov https://kr.usembassy.gov/services/


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