Before you travel, take a look at the local area, including weather patterns, where local hospitals are situated, what kinds of emergency services are available and, if you’re taking a foreign trip, the location of your local embassy or diplomatic building. Write down or create an emergency information card that you keep with you when you travel. Provide family members or friends your complete itinerary, including phone numbers and the details of wherever you’re staying.
First, communication is vital, thus ensure you’ve got chargers for cell phones. Try to keep your phones fully charged all day. If travelling internationally, contact your cell-phone company and ask regarding adding international telephone company for the duration of your trip, or think about buying a local prepaid mobile phone that you can carry around for emergencies. Just as vital, ensure you’ve got any applicable phone numbers with you.
Having a first-aid kit or some medical provides will facilitate triage small or perhaps potentially large injuries. You can either get a kit or create one yourself. Pack a triangular bandage, Band-Aids, rubber gloves, medical tape and gauze bandages.
Keep some food and water readily available, even if it’s just energy bars. Because the folks victimized by the 2004 tsunami unfortunately found out, especially in foreign countries, food and water will become scarce quickly. Light is also necessary and having a flashlight or flashlights with you, including extra batteries, will be a huge morale and safety boost in an emergency.
After you arrive, walk around the area and take in the layout. Ensure you identify the ingress and egress routes from your room, your hotel and the local area. Attempt to take in who is hanging around and the layout of the neighborhood. If you’re traveling with friends or family, determine at least two rendezvous locations outside of the hotel where you’ll meet up if forced to evacuate the hotel. Identify a site that’s close and one that’s a little more away. It’s also a decent idea to own maps readily available that identify hospital locations, police and fire stations and the other emergency aid locations. If you’re in a hurricane or flood evacuation zone, trace the evacuation route faraway from the area to get an idea of where you’ll end up.