Evacuation Planning Procedures for Study Abroad Emergencies

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Author: Margaret Wiedenhoeft

Recent world events underscore the importance of planning for the most extreme circumstances: the earthquake in New Zealand, the tsunami and nuclear crisis in Japan, and political unrest in the Middle East. Is your study abroad program prepared for an emergency evacuation?

As study abroad programs grow in higher ed, so too does the need for crisis planning. This guide will walk you through many scenarios and how to resolve them, and will review:

  • 5 critical steps to developing an effective evacuation plan
  • Tools and checklists for on-site protocols in the event of a medical evacuation, a natural disaster, or political unrest
  • How to ensure clear communication during the response and evacuation
  • How to determine the appropriate response to the event
  • What to expect regarding the costs of evacuation
  • How to respond to media inquiries effectively

Keep your students, staff, and faculty safe. Read Evacuation Planning Procedures for Study Abroad Emergencies by Margaret Wiedenhoeft and be prepared.

BONUS RESOURCES

Included with this guide:

  • A sample study abroad emergency response plan
  • A sample incident report
  • A template for world disaster or event response
  • A decision tree for response to a political or natural disaster
  • A sample health and travel safety policy

 

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