Air Pollution: Clear Skies Ahead?

The World Health Organization estimates that more than two million deaths are caused by air pollution each year. The associated health hazards of air pollution are issues that employers need to discuss with their employees, especially their international travelers, international assignees, and their dependents. Employees are not only asking how they can be protected when considering assignments in places like China and India and other air pollution hot spots, but demanding steps be taken by their employer to make sure their health is safeguarded. Read full blog post »

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Avoiding Tripwires in Evacuations

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It’s somewhat inevitable that today’s corporate travel managers will eventually face some type of medical or security crisis or evacuation with one of their international business travelers. Does your company have a robust plan in place to manage an evacuation or other crisis? And what can be done to prevent those events from happening in the first place? Register today Read full blog post »

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Typhoon Haiyan: Safeguarding Staff in Times of Turmoil

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“There’s no place in the world where there are no business travelers.”

This quote came from an interview Patrick Deroose, a colleague of mine who is a logistical genius who has shaped the assistance industry, did with New York Times travel business columnist Joe Sharkey. That’s certainly the case as we assist travelers even in the Philippines where Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) hit in more remote parts of the country. Read full blog post »

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H7N9 Threat Continues as Organizations Update Travelers, Pandemic Plans

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Over the past two weeks, we have seen a heightened state of alert in China in response to the identification of a new Avian Influenza virus A(H7N9) that has acquired the capability to infect humans. There are now more than 60 confirmed cases and numerous deaths. Read full blog post »

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H7N9 Bird Flu Virus hits China: What’s the Diagnosis?

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Recently, a strain of bird flu virus was identified (H7N9) in China that’s now affecting humans. So far, more than 30 people in Shanghai and three surrounding provinces have become infected. New cases are being reported nearly every day and there have been a significant number of fatalities.
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Duty of Care and Evacuation Planning

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The possibility of an evacuation of personnel and their families from a manmade or natural disaster keeps many security directors up at night. Evacuations are true team efforts where all moving parts must be practiced and happen in just the right order to be successful.
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Ten Years Later: Is the Coronavirus the Next SARS?

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News that a traveler who had spent time in Saudi Arabia and Pakistan turned up in a UK hospital gravely ill with the novel coronavirus was a stark reminder of the speed with which an infectious diseases can move across the globe at the speed of transoceanic air travel. Subsequent news that a family member, who presumably not been traveling, has been hospitalized with similar symptoms suggests they possibility of the disease spreading through human to human contact, raising concerns that this might be the next big health worry for managers responsible for international business operations. Read full blog post »

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The Importance of Having a Plan: How a Small Issue Can Turn into a Life-Threatening Situation

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A hike along the Inca Trail near Machu Picchu in Peru was supposed to be the trip of a lifetime. But it quickly turned into a medical emergency that required my evacuation to the United States, and eventually back home to Australia. Good thing I had a plan in place, just in case something happened. Read full blog post »

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