Posted by: Europ Assistance USA | 8 day(s) ago
A typhoon in the Philippines and political unrest in South Sudan are both international realities, however, stolen laptops in Canada and car accidents in Brazil are too and they are more common than one might think. In fact, a recent study using Department of State data from the past 7 years shows that the number one killer of Americans traveling abroad is car accidents.
Emergencies will occur at any time and in any place arising from specific local issues or common risks. When they happen during international trips executives often find themselves struggling with basic needs easily secured back home; identification, medication and medical care, emergency funds, reliable communication and essential information. Delays or failures in finding contingencies can compromise the trip or endanger the traveler.
Do you and your travelers have access to multiple sources of accurate and reliable information specific to their travel location? Are they prepared to face the obstacles they may encounter during an emergency in a foreign country – everything from accessing the local “911” equivalent, to finding a medical facility that will provide the proper care in an expeditious manner, to knowing what the common care practices are from one country to the next and how they compare to Western standards you and your employees would expect.
Mitigating travel risk relies on fundamental awareness of hazards common and specific, advance identification of solutions and contingencies, and the timely review and update of both. Modest preparation and adherence to best practices minimizes or eliminates some of the most common issues that jeopardize travel objectives.