The volatile situation in Egypt forced the United States to organize an evacuation of Americans from that country, and to spread information on the departure to citizens there, the U.S. State Department produced videos that have been posted on the Internet.
A video dated Feb. 1 features Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs Janice Jacobs who says the U.S. is “sending aircraft to transport U.S citizens who wish to leave Egypt to safe havens in Europe,” and that the evacuation will continue “to facilitate the safe transport of every U.S. citizen who wishes to leave the country.”
Jacobs then provides some details about the evacuation plans and says Americans in Egypt will “find the most up-to-date information for U.S. citizens in Egypt on our website ‘travel.state.gov.’ We’re also disseminating this information via email, social media, radio, television and print publications.”
The video was produced by the Department of State’s Office of Broadcast Services, and is “just one resource we’re using,” said Megan Mattson, a department spokeswoman. There are families in the United States who have loved ones in Egypt, and who are in direct contact with those family members, and it is through that contact that the information can be relayed to the family members in Egypt, she said. Nonetheless, it is still important to initially disseminate the information, therefore the department is “using multiple mediums,” including “videos, Facebook , Twitter, and we’re constantly updating our website,” she added.
The department’s Office of Broadcast Services has a full studio and the capabilities to record and edit video, and that office has been producing “a lot of videos” lately, not just in connection to the situation in Egypt, Mattson said. In addition, she is not sure if more videos about Egypt need to be produced. “At the moment, I don’t foresee that, because it sounds like the information on the evacuation is out there and has been made pretty clear,” she said. “We’ll have to see what we hear from our colleagues in Egypt. If they need more, then we’ll do more,” she said.
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