WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee released a statement regarding the terrorist attacks in Paris.

"I'm incredibly saddened by these senseless and heinous acts of terrorism that struck Paris. My thoughts and prayers are with all of those impacted, particularly the victims, their families and friends, and communities throughout France.

"Now is the time for Iowans, and all Americans, to stand strong with France, our oldest ally, to ensure justice is sought and our liberty is protected."

The following information was released by the U.S. Embassy in France:

Terrorist Attacks

U.S. Embassy Paris | November 13, 2015

1-888-407-4747 (From the United States and Canada)
+1-202-501-4444 (From all other countries)

The U.S. Embassy in Paris advises official U.S. personnel and U.S. citizens to shelter in place due to the terrorist attacks in the 10th and 11th arrondissements (districts) and the ongoing hostage situation at the Bataclan Theatre located at 50 Voltaire Boulevard in the 11th arrondissement. U.S. citizens should heed local authorities and maintain security awareness. France has declared a state of emergency which includes mobilization of security forces and closing its borders.

People in France who are safe should be contacting family members.

Anyone with travel plans should be contacting their airlines directly.

For further information:

  • See the State Department's travel website for theWorldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and France Country Specific Information.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program(STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Contact the U.S. Embassy in Paris, located at 2 Avenue Gabriel 75008 Paris, at +(33)(1) 43-12-22-22 or by email at Citizeninfo@state.gov. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is +(33)(1) 43-12-22-22.
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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