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Travel Safety 101 © 2014 MissionarySecurity.com
Disclaimer This presentation is designed to provide a basic overview of essential travel safety concepts. Each section of the presentation can be exhausted into its own training. For more detailed and specific presentations, please contact us at © 2014 MissionarySecurity.com
Table of Contents The Facts Trip Preparations Common Issues In Case of Emergency Common Sense Home, Sweet Home © 2014 MissionarySecurity.com
The Facts Over 60 million outbound Americans per year 27% Purchased travelers insurance 12% get vaccinations/health-care pre-trip About 4% are short term missionaries* © 2014 MissionarySecurity.com *Dr. Don Fanning (2009) Short term missions: A trend that is growing exponentially Office of Travel & Tourism Industries (OTTI) 2012 Statistics
The Facts What does this mean? In general, the majority of short term missionaries are not taking even the most basic precautionary measures for safe travelling. But these are just the beginning… © 2014 MissionarySecurity.com
Trip Preparations Research the laws, customs, culture, etc. of your destination. Consider registering with the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), at: https://step.state.gov/step/.https://step.state.gov/step/ Create photocopies of all relevant travel documents in case of loss/theft. Become familiar with basic group plans/itinerary. Pack appropriately for the culture and weather. Acquire emergency contact information (Family, trip leader, local law enforcement, etc.). Follow the recommended packing lists from your group and © 2014 MissionarySecurity.com
Common Issues Group separation Becoming lost Lost luggage Language barriers Travel delays Financial difficulties (exchange, access, etc.) Dehydration Tourist victimization Identity revealed Pickpocketing Travelers sickness Allergies © 2014 MissionarySecurity.com
In Case of Emergency Stay calm. Stay with group. Know how to contact the appropriate authorities. Become familiar with the locations of hospitals, police stations, and the U.S. Embassy. Render first aid until help arrives. © 2014 MissionarySecurity.com
Common Sense Dont show cash in public. Be aware of your surroundings (suspicious people, nearest exit, obstacles, detours, etc.). Dress like a local. Try not to be seen reading maps in public. © 2014 MissionarySecurity.com
Home, Sweet Home Debrief the trip Purpose? Expectations? Reality? Recommendations? Debrief worksheet available at © 2014 MissionarySecurity.com
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