From earthquakes and tsunamis to cruise liner accidents, airplane crashes and terrorist attacks, getting caught in the middle of a disaster abroad is something you could end up having to deal with anywhere around the world.
Being prepared for such an event and knowing what to do if you do get caught up in a disaster abroad is therefore highly recommended.
Preparing for the possibility of a disaster abroad
Preparing for disasters abroad includes making sure you:
- Carry phone numbers of relatives, your travel agent and travel insurance provider, as well as anyone else who could be able to organise help
- Carry a valid, signed passport and necessary visas
- Have filled in your passport’s emergency information page
- Carry copies of your passport and other important documents, separate from originals
- Leave copies of these documents with relatives or friends
- Have adequate insurance. If your health or travel insurance does not cover emergency expenses like medical evacuation, consider adding supplemental insurance
- Knowing what International Direct Dial (IDD) and country code to use for a call to the UK (country code: 44) from your location is also important
Caught in a disaster abroad
If you do get caught in a disaster:
- In a hotel, stay there if is safe to do so. If not, grab only your small bag with important items, such as documents, and leave immediately.
- In the street, find somewhere safe to get out of immediate danger.
- Go to the nearest British consulate or embassy as soon as possible for food, shelter and help in getting home. If this is not possible, look for Red Cross, medical or local law enforcement personnel for instructions on what to do and where to go.
- Do not be surprised if telephone, Internet or mobile communications are disrupted and remember that text messages may work even if voice calls do not.
If you were hurt in an plane disaster, an accident on a cruise ship or even slips, trips and falls at your hotel, you could be entitled to travel accident compensation.
We, Accident Advice Helpline, are here to help you get the personal injury compensation you are entitled to. Call us on 0333 500 0993 or 0800 689 0500 as soon after your slip, trip or fall or other accident abroad as possible to get your claim set into motion.
Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice