Safe and Savvy Traveler: Security Awareness for Women

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When traveling, there are some incidents that are more likely to occur with women than men: sexual harassment, sexual assault, and handbag theft. So what can women travelers do to stay safe when overseas? How can their companies support them to enable them to not only survive the trip or assignment, but thrive? Register here Read full blog post »

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Ebola: Tackling the Challenges and Concerns

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A new survey of Fortune 500 companies conducted earlier this week by International SOS found that, in spite of the unprecedented outbreak of Ebola, an overwhelming majority (83%) of organizations expect the flu to impact their business more than the virus in the coming months. Furthermore, less than a third of companies surveyed has had an employee request to change their travel plans or declined to travel due to the global outbreak. Read full blog post »

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Ebola Awareness Commercial

Ebola is scary, deadly – and preventable. These are a few of the points made in a new video produced by International SOS and Multi Choice, a broadcast company is South Africa. The video, which can be seen here, is part of our larger effort to ensure communities understand what Ebola is and how to keep themselves safe from infection. Read full blog post »

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Tips for Prevention: Respiratory Illness Affects Children in Several States

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You may have seen news stories in the past few days about hundreds of children across several states in the Midwest who have been affected by “enterovirus D68 (EV-D68).” This mostly causes a mild respiratory illness similar to the common cold, but can become severe. It likely spreads from person to person through respiratory droplets. There is no vaccine for EV68 and there is no specific treatment. Read full blog post »

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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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