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If you’re living abroad you should always be prepared for a crisis, it can be more likely to occur in some countries than others but no matter where you are residing you should take precautions so you’re prepared should something happen.
You should be particularly alert if you are living somewhere that has a high risk of terrorism or unrest.
A crisis is an uncertain event which has the potential to harm, or inflict serious damage on individuals, communities and organisations.
There are three main types of an incident in which a crisis response might be activated:
It’s always good to be prepared when crises and natural disasters are concerned as you never know when they might strike and having a plan of action, supplies and the information you need could save your life.
Things to do before you go:
Things to do once you’re overseas:
If you’re working abroad:
Similarly, if a crisis does occur whilst you’re overseas there are some actions you should take:
If you’re a British National involved in a crisis overseas the good news is that there is a certain level of support available to you depending on the severity of your situation.
You can contact the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) or a British Embassy by telephone if you need assistance and they will advise you about the help you can receive during the crisis. Sometimes there may be a hotline set up so look out for this as it will be advertised. The support will be focused on those most vulnerable and most at risk and in some cases, the aid may be limited. Nonetheless, if you feel jeopardized or in danger it’s important you seek help and advice.
In the worst-case scenario, you may wish to leave the country but due to transportation disruptions, this is not doable. If this happens you should:
Being affected by a crisis whilst overseas can be an incredibly difficult and emotional time, being prepared in advance can help to relieve some of this pressure and in turn may help you to act more efficiently and effectively if it happens.
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