Since it is not possible to guarantee when disaster will strike and the need for evacuation will occur while traveling, it is important to know ahead of time how to practice evacuation safety. Evacuations can be chaotic and stressful, but with the right tools and planning, evacuations can run smoothly and save lives.
Before your trip, research your destination to see if there is any weather or political warnings posted or if there is the possibility of any being posted during your travels. If there are warnings posted, you will need to ensure this will not affect your travel plans.
To be prepared in the event of an evacuation during your trip, you will want to create an evacuation plan, especially if you will be traveling with friends, family members or business partners. Decide ahead of time where you will meet if you become separated and how you will each safely reach that destination. Ensure that the meet-up location will be somewhere outside of the center of disaster and that there will be accessible transportation to this location in the event of an evacuation.
Having an emergency kit on hand will also assist with keeping stress levels low during an evacuation. An evacuation safety kit should include a few items pertaining to the type of emergency you might encounter as well as a few personal items in case the evacuation causes your trip to be extended, such as medications, infant formula and extra cash.
Individuals traveling outside their home country will also want to purchase an international travel insurance plan that will include evacuation safety coverage. One popular plan is the Atlas Travel plan since it includes a political evacuation benefit for countries that do not already have a travel warning posted and a natural disaster benefit that will cover a member when displaced from planned, paid for accommodation.
If you would like more information on a travel plan that will help you prepare for evacuation safety, contact one of our licensed agents today.