Having an “Emergency Action Plan” or “EAP” when traveling is recommended.
A basic plan would include:Emergency contact list of people to call in the event of an accident or illnessHealth and/or travel insurance papers Copies of your passport/visa(s)Names of any medications or foods that you are allergic toFinancial information required for replacement of traveler’s checks or debit/credit cards (kept confidential). Give copies of your EAP to someone at home in the USA such as your family members/relatives/guardians, friends, power of attorney, secretary or other. Be alert and aware of your surroundings and make a mental note of exit routes in hotels and on modes of transportation. Remember do not use elevators in the event of a fire or emergency evacuation from a building. Calling and/or registering with the US Embassy or US Consular General in the country you are visiting is wise especially for longer stays and if you are traveling without a group or guide. In some cases the US Bureau of Consular Affairs can assist with arrangements for emergency medical needs (but not with costs). In the event of political upheaval and terrorism the US State Dept. sets up a task force to help provide assistance to US citizens abroad. Travel insurance is recommended.
You may inquire about travel abroad issues online at US Dept of State International Travel.
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Emergency Contact Information
JDI Travel 24 Hour Emergency Hotline (248) 340.9191