While no one wants to envision themselves going on a vacation just to have to deal with some kind of natural disaster while they’re traveling, this is a reality that is becoming more and more of a possibility in our world. With natural disasters hitting all the time in every part of the world, being prepared for all types of potential disasters is now just a fact of life. So to help ensure that you and your friends or family are able to stay safe in any situation, here are three things you should do if there’s a natural disaster while you’re traveling.
Participate In STEP
If you plan to travel out of the America, or whatever country you call home, you can use a program similar to the one known in the US as STEP, or the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program. Caroline Hallemann, a contributor to Town and Country, shares that when you register with this program, the government will know where it is that you’re traveling and will be able to send you updates regarding the natural disaster as it happens. This can be invaluable if an evacuation is necessary or if you’re having trouble getting the information you need to make an informed decision about the next steps to take.
Evacuate If At All Possible
Depending on the type of natural disaster that happens, you may be able to evacuate before any real danger happens. However, in the event of a disaster like a wildfire, there’s not much you can plan for beforehand. But if you’re given warning that the weather is turning bad or there’s been real signs of something bad on the horizon, Shivani Vora, a contributor to The New York Times, recommends that you evacuate before things get bad, if that’s a possibility. By choosing to leave the area before the beginnings of the natural disaster begin, you can ensure that you’re able to use safe transportation to get far enough of away that you’ll be out of harm’s reach.
Know Who Can Help You
If you’re still at ground zero when a natural disaster hits during your travels, it’s important for you to know where you can go to get the help you need. According to Jim Kavanaugh, a contributor to CNN, the best place for you to go is to an embassy or consulate for your home country. If something’s happened so that those buildings are not usable, you should then look for local law enforcement, medical professionals, or those with organizations like the Red Cross so you can get the assistance you need.
If you get stuck in a foreign country during a natural disaster, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you stay safe and get home in one piece.