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Natural and Political Incident Response Procedures

General Security Precautions

  • Make sure there are no signs posted that identify your program as having an affiliation with the U.S.
  • Familiarize yourself with the phone numbers and location of campus security (if applicable), local police and other emergency services, and the U.S. Embassy. Keep these contact numbers within easy access, and share them with other program participants.
  • Keep up-to-date contact information for each participant. Establish a procedure for contacting them in case of an emergency.
  • Make sure participants and faculty know how to reach the Program Director and each other 24 hours a day in case of an emergency.
  • If a student is going away overnight, ask him/her to provide you with contact information.
  • Discourage students from congregating in groups of Americans or foreigners and from spending time in restaurants and bars that are known to be frequented primarily by foreigners (this helps with cultural integration as well).
  • Keep contact information for the Center for Global Engagement (CGE) within easy access. In the event that an evacuation is necessary, the CGE will facilitate.

Natural and Political Incident Response Procedures

  • Contact all students and faculty to make sure they are safe and accounted for. If a student has been injured, make sure the student seeks medical care. Caution all students about speculating on the situation, and advise them to wait until clear information is available before contacting their family or friends in the U.S. Tell them that the CGE will contact their Emergency Contacts to brief them on the situation.
  • Contact the U.S. Embassy or other official government agency and ask for advice and assistance. If the U.S. Embassy is closed, determine the location from which the Embassy is operating (i.e., another embassy in the host country or a U.S. Embassy in a neighboring country). Gather as much information as possible regarding the following:
    • the target of the unrest and possible danger to U.S. citizens
    • how to minimize danger to students
    • the probable impact of the event on the availability of food, water, and medical supplies
    • the intensity of the crisis
    • the presence of emergency or military personnel
    • the feasibility of continuing classes and other program activities
  • Immediately contact the Center for Global Engagement (CGE) and inform them of the situation. The CGE will:
    • contact the U.S. Department of State’s Citizen Emergency Center for suggestions and assistance
    • contact the U.S. Embassy abroad
    • contact U.S. study abroad offices at other institutions that have programs in the region
    • contact students’ emergency contacts to inform them of the situation
    • convene an Emergency Management Task Force to develop a plan of action. The task force will also develop plans for maintaining communication with key people and organizations, for handling the media, and for maintaining contact with the students’ emergency contacts
    • brief you on the plan of action developed by the task force; if you think the plan needs to be modified, let CGE know and recommendations will be made to the task force
    • utilize all resources available to carry out the plan of action decided upon in conjunction with the task force
    • once the crisis has ended, work with you to assess the impact of the event and determine what follow-up may or may not be required

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