Do you know what STEP is and why you should know about it? The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free service to allow US citizens and nationals traveling abroad to enroll their trip with the nearest US Embassy or Consulate.
Why do this? You will receive emails about your destination, including issues, danger zones, or safety conditions. This will also help the US Embassy contact you in an emergency, natural disaster, or family emergency. If you are at home and a family member is traveling abroad, the US Embassy will assist you in contacting them in case of an emergency here at home.
It's a great program and one I use all the time. The link: https://step.state.gov/step/.