Employee Overseas Medical Assistance: Consultants Discuss Travel Security and Emergency Response Suffering a bout of the flu, nursing a wound, or recovering from a sprained ankle takes on a new dimension when traveling abroad. Depending on the locale, access to adequate medical care may be hampered by long distances, language barriers, or lack of funds […]

The Zika virus outbreak in Brazil has captured the public’s attention and raised concern about employee travel security in South America. Zika, a mosquito born virus, was first discovered in the Zika forest in Uganda in 1964. The disease rarely causes death and symptoms only last about a week. However, the virus is now thought […]

Summary: Employee Travel Security, Africa, and the Ebola Virus The most recent outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa has been the largest outbreak ever recorded. The virus has spread out of remote villages and killed over 2,000 people as of the date of this writing. Many observers are concerned that the outbreak will […]

Natural Disasters and Travel Safety When organizations and/or businesses think about travel safety, they tend to focus on foreseeable threats such as crime, health issues, or unsafe working conditions. Even though natural disasters can come about quickly, organizations can prepare their people in the basics of travel safety. The superstorm Typhoon Haiyan, which recently made […]

Importance of Information in Travel Security The Incident Management Group, a leading international travel security firm, has recommended three resources for safety and security research. Many organizations are trying to ensure that they meet their duty of care obligations for traveling employees. As such, it is vital that these organizations have access to the most current and […]

Expatriates evacuation planning in North KoreaHow a War with North Korea Could Affect Business, Employee and Travel Security Operations in Northeast Asia

Since it was sanctioned by the United Nations for carrying out a nuclear test, North Korea has made an alarming series of threats, upsetting the regional stability in Northeast Asia. It has announced plans to attack American and South Korea military targets, ended a half-century long armistice with Seoul, and even threatened to attack the United States with nuclear weapons. It has followed up these threats with a series of military demonstrations, and may be conducting preparations for another missile test. To add extra weight to these provocations, Pyongyang has even suggested that Foreign Diplomats living in the country’s capital should prepare an evacuation plan in the event of a war. Continue reading

IMG Note: The following article is the first in a two-part series analyzing North Korea’s motivations and presumed end game with their recent series of provocative actions and brinksmanship. Many corporations have employees in South Korea. Good corporate security planning involves developing an evacuation plan for expatriates in the event of a Korean crisis. This article points to the need for corporations in South Korea to form a coherent corporate security and evacuation plan. This article details thoughts on how to construct well-thought-out, detailed contingency plans to evacuate their expatriates (as well as employees who may happen to be in the Republic of Korea) and business continuity plans to ensure disruptions to business operations are held to a minimum. Continue reading

Employee Travel Security — Indian Travel Security and Protective Measures for Women

As one of the world’s largest nations, India is attracting a large share of tourists and business travelers. However, India is still a developing and culturally conservative country, and crime is a threat throughout the nation. That is why Indian travel security is an issue that many companies and corporations should be concerned with. Of the threats to employee security in India, rape and sexual assault of women (including foreign visitors) is perhaps the most disturbing.
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Malaria is one of the deadliest and most prevalent diseases in the world today. It is caused by Plasmodium, a parasite carried by mosquitoes. Unlike recent epidemics such as AIDS, malaria has been afflicting people for hundreds of years. Indeed, some believe that the disease contributed to the fall of the Roman Empire.  Although malaria is rare or nonexistent in developed countries, it continues to plague many poor, tropical nations. Each year, there are as many as a half billion malaria infections worldwide, resulting in the deaths of over one million people. Although there are effective treatments and preventive medications, there is still no vaccine for malaria, and many of those treated suffer relapses. Continue reading

In July 2012, the Ebola virus broke out in a remote village in western Uganda, reawakening the public’s fear and fascination with this deadly disease. As of this writing, there have been 20 infections and 15 fatalities in total. According to the World Health Organization, the situation is now under control, and the outbreak is contained. Despite the low death toll, there are worries that future outbreaks could be deadlier.

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