Can you really plan?

While most international assignments are free of large scale emergencies, even a small amount of preparation can make a significant difference when one occurs.

Many municipal and national governments around the globe have created websites designed to assist residents in preparation for an emergency. Examples include:

London, United Kingdom:  click here

New South Wales, Australia: click here

San Francisco, USA:  click here

Tokyo, Japan: click here

United States: click here

While each website features information specifically for local residents, there are four key areas in which all offer information of use to people everywhere:

1. Become informed.
Be aware of the potential for emergency situations not only in your host area at large, but in your home and neighborhood.

2. Develop a plan.
This not only increases your personal safety, it can significantly reduce property losses associated with disasters.

3. Gather supplies.
A first aid kit is often not enough. Consider copies of important documents, food and water. Portable electronic items, such as mobile phones and radios, should also have back-
up batteries.

4. Review your plan regularly.
As time goes on, circumstances and even everyday surroundings can change. Make sure that your emergency plans are adaptable to change, and that all participants stay well-informed.

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