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Worldwide Travel Alert

by Lux Joseph 5. August 2013

The United States issued a worldwide travel alert on Friday warning Americans that al Qaeda may be planning attacks in August, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa. Yesterday the US Department of State has closed 21 US Embassies and Consulates around the world due to recent intelligence. This global warning has an affect on all Americans and we want you to know that CME is using caution and the highest level of safety when transporting our patients throughout this travel warning.

On a day-to-day basis, CME is transporting patients around the world with nurses and physicians in an effort to bring them back home with safe and sound. When a travel alert, such as this one is announced to US citizens, remember that safety is our number one priority in every transport. CME would like to remind our clients and patients that the following items are exercised thoroughly to maintain a safe and secure transport:

Ground Transportation

Upon arrival into any country, our medical escorts will be escorted via ground transportation that has been pre-arranged. At this time we encourage our team to not use public transportation when not absolutely necessary. When transporting our patients from the facility to the airport for departure we will also have ground transportation arranged in advance. Each of our ground transportation providers ensure only the highest quality of vendors are utilized for transport. If you are traveling abroad, we suggest you contact the concierge at your hotel to have pre-arranged cars to take you to your destination.

STEP

Each of our medical escorts will be enrolled in the Department of Travel STEP program. The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program is strongly recommended for anyone traveling outside of the country. Even if there is no active threat alert it is encouraged that you enroll in this program. By enrolling in STEP you will receive the latest security updates and your information is on file with the US Embassies and Consulates so they may contact you during an emergency. Ever time a nurse is traveling abroad their trip will be registered. We encourage you to register today at: https://step.state.gov/step/

Know your Surroundings

CME picks up patients from different destinations every week. There is always a significant amount of transports to your major destinations like Paris, London, Frankfurt, Prague, and Amsterdam. However, there are also a variety of new destinations that are unfamiliar to our medical team. It is encouraged that you always be well aware of your surroundings when traveling abroad.  At CME, we will do our best to select American hotels when available for our medical team. We always select hotels that have a restaurant within the hotel therefore our medical team does not need to leave the hotel to find a restaurant. You should also select a hotel with an excellent concierge so they can assist you in making smart decisions. The concierge is the most knowledgeable individual in the area. The concierge can explain to you the safety do's and don'ts for the area around the hotel.

Monitoring Travel

CME closely monitors the latest news and weather updates, as well as the U.S. Department of State website, for travel alerts and travel warnings for all destinations, including those that are most popular with our clients. Should we become aware of an issue for a specific destination, we alert clients and our medical team who may be planning to travel there so they can determine for themselves if they still wish to travel. If CME becomes aware of an issue for a specific destination where a client is currently located, we try to immediately contact the clinician, patient, and client to check on their well-being and work to assist them if they require alternate travel arrangements.

Working with the US Embassies Around the World

CME has established a great working relationship with several of the US Embassies and Consulates around the world. We have worked with many of their emergency personnel in addition to assisting some of our patients and companions acquire the necessary documents to return back to the USA. When traveling abroad, the US Embassies and Consulates are your emergency hotline 24/7. Even with the recent closures of many US Embassies, the emergency contact number is still active. The closures affect routine public services like passport and visa issues.  

CME is here to assist our clients; their safety and well-being is our top priority. We provide the facts so our clients can make an informed decision about their travel plans. This travel warning is in effect until August 31, but analyzing and adjusting CME safely measures is an ongoing effort within our office. When transporting our patients we always look at the most direct routing based on availability. As updated information becomes available, CME will continue to make adjustments to our safety guidelines. You can also stay informed through the following social media channels:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/travelgov

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/travelgov


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