No country on earth is a stranger to natural disasters. There are earthquakes, rogue waves, tsunamis, floods, landslides, avalanches, tornadoes, the list goes on and on. Regardless, if you’re going to be traveling for leisure, or with your company for a trip, it’s good to know what to do if you ever have the good misfortune to experience a natural disaster in a foreign land.
Plan Ahead – Be prepared with a contingency plan in the event of a disaster. Prepare a list of phone number’s such as your travel agent, your travel insurance provider, loved ones, relatives, or anybody else who may be able to mobilize help to aid you. You’ll also want to do some research ahead of time to gather a list of handy local numbers for your destination, like the U.S. embassy or consulate. These telephone numbers carry with them the burden of knowing how to make an international phone call, so do your research ahead of time if you’re unsure.
Register Your Plans – You can do this with relatives, or on a website such as this one.
Insurance – It’s a good idea to speak to your health insurance provider to see if your policy covers incidents overseas. And if not, it’s a good idea to find out how you can change it so it does.
Laws – Again, do your research before you go and familiarize yourself with local laws. There are some countries where satellite phones are illegal, which would be a terrible thing to get arrested for while also dealing with a disaster. Avoid these laws before you even take off by doing your due diligence. Be prepared. Be prepared. Be prepared. And we’re not talking about the song from “The Lion King.” If you do your legwork before your trip, you should be in the best possible position to handle any situation that may occur while you’re traveling.