If you want to know more about personal safety when traveling, the ExploreSecure® e-learning security courses are designed by security professionals with extensive experience in Counter-Terrorism and personal Travel Safety Elearning. Our team stems from specialist backgrounds including the UK Government and Special-Forces and our coveted system focuses on pro-active avoidance measures.
Whilst the Zika virus no longer occupies the front pages of our newspapers a recent World Health Organization report has not only highlighted the ongoing risks of Zika but also that it has spread extensively across South East Asia, and now affects key tourist destinations including Thailand and Indonesia. At Explore Secure we actively encourage all Travel Risk Management, be they business groups, students or vacationers, to always carefully plan and prepare for the trip abroad in order to not only understand any risks – but also how best to mitigate them so as to best enjoy a rewarding trip. To that end we urge all those heading overseas to understand Zika, where it is prevalent and the best measures to take to reduce exposure.
What would you do if someone walks/runs into an establishment such as a restaurant or airport and shouts Allah Aqaba, or a vehicle drives into a barricade or through a location and it is assessed that an explosion is imminent. It is important to know the difference between cover and concealment. To obtain cover from an imminent explosion search for solid cement or brick walls/pillars or other significant solid structures. Travel Security Get as low as possible and preferably lying down with your feet aimed at the site of the imminent explosion, feet and legs close together and your arms and hands protecting your head and face. If no significant cover is available get as low as possible – use the drop between the sidewalk and the road, behind vehicles or anything between you and the potential blast. Anytime you have to increase distance from you and the explosion, utilize it and move fast but stay low – crawling if necessary.
Travel threats, danger and hazards relative to business travelers must be distinct and focused exclusively on business travellers and the act of business Travel Risk Management and not bundled with broader business risk assessments. Similar and exact acts related to business travel and travel threats must be evaluated for relevance and impact. Leisure travel threats may need to be considered also if proximate to business travel locations and business travellers. Regardless of what the company officer surmised would happen or the event that transpired, along with similar occurrences, proof of process and outcomes are required.
The benefits of travel risk management relating to health, Travel Safety Training and security should now be apparent to any business owner or manager. While workplace health and safety compliance does apply to business travel it will also result in sizable business savings and cost efficiencies if undertaken correctly, while meeting or exceeding any compliance or company's social and legal obligations. Objectively review your current travel health, safety and security systems specific to travel risk management and use this advice as a guide to make comparisons or rectify any omissions to your processes immediately.
The US Communicable Disease Center now advises that: "Zika virus has been present in areas of Southeast Asia for many years, and several countries have reported occasional cases or small outbreaks of Zika virus infections Business Travel Security. Zika virus is considered endemic in some countries, and a large number of local residents are likely to be immune. However, US travelers to endemic areas may not be immune to Zika virus and infections have occurred among travelers to Southeast Asia. Recent variations have been observed in the number of cases reported in Southeast Asia. This can reflect changes in awareness of Zika virus, surveillance and testing for Zika virus, or changes in intensity of Zika virus transmission. Pregnant women traveling to Southeast Asia could become infected with Zika virus. The level of this risk is unknown and likely lowers than in areas where Zika virus is newly introduced and spreading widely"
In July 2016 a 22 year old British Tourist in Ibiza, Spain drowned after jumping into the sea on an early evening swim. This is just one of what will be hundreds of traveler deaths by drowning around the world this year. Drowning is in the top 5 killers of travelers abroad. It is also one of the most avoidable. Hundreds of travelers every year perish in rip currents, heavy surf and through misadventure in the water. Hundreds more are seriously injured or paralyzed. So what can be done to prevent, or reduce the possibility of travel safety training whilst still enjoying time in the water?
Learn what a rip current is, how to identify one and how to survive them. Rip currents will drag you out to sea quickly and are one of the leading causes of drowning abroad. Explore Secure have a dedicated blog article on Surviving Rip currents – click here, or check out our Travel Security ELearning briefing for an in-depth animated briefing on what they are, how to avoid them, and how to survive them.
Our Travel Security Training Briefings cover this in more detail and look at several scenarios and examples of how best to adopt this proactive approach to travel safety – learn more. At Explore Secure® we are dedicated to broadening the discussion on travel safety for all travelers across the globe. We have developed our briefings and guidance based upon years of travel safety experience and engaging with leading security professionals, overseas embassies and consulates, and of course – the travelers themselves. We are firm believers that by taking sensible measures in both planning prior to travel and also the approach taken when travel security training can exponentially increase your personal safety – and in turn contribute to a hugely rewarding travel experience. Explore the world and enjoy your travels – always consider your personal security and return home safely to share your experiences.
Puerto Vallarta is considered a safe destination for tourists Travel Security. It has mainly remained uninvolved in cartel conflicts, the few incidences publicized are thought to be linked to individuals who had previous involvement with the cartels. Since May 2015, there has been no involvement of international travellers in cartel violence in Puerto Vallarta. However, travellers’ safety should be aware that low-level crime does exist, such as petty crime and pick pocketing, but this is considered low in comparison to other major cities such as Las Vegas, London and Barcelona. To reduce the risk of becoming a victim of such threats, increase situational awareness and avoid displaying valuable items.
Travel safety elearning is one of the key components to a robust travel risk management program. An organization can now empower travelers with the skills and knowledge to manage and mitigate risk.
As business travel continues on an upward trend, with growth of around 6% through 2019, companies must start applying duty of care principles to corporate business travel security. With more and more employees traveling overseas for business, companies need to equip their people with the necessary tools and resources to have a successful trip abroad.