“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
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
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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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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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
Last year was active when it came to notable medical events around the world, including the current coronavirus in the Middle East. There were also upticks in preventable illnesses and the H5N1 influenza. Read full blog post
This year’s flu season in the United States is off to an early and powerful start. The latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention update says 41 states reported widespread activity the last week in December, up 10 states from the previous week. Read full blog post
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
In Step 2 of our “Start to Finish: 8 Essential Steps for Duty of Care,” we took a look at planning strategically, which included defining culture and appetite for risk, ranking stakeholders and reviewing emergency response plans. Read full blog post
More and more organizations are taking a look at Medical Emergency Response Plans: MERPs. Once the domain of energy and mining companies, medical plans should be part of a larger Emergency Response Plan for any organization. Register to learn more Read full blog post