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80% Of Travellers Have Perceived A Threat To Their Personal Safety While Abroad*

  • 80% of travellers have at some point perceived a threat to their personal safety while abroad1, however less than half of organisations provide any personal security training 2.
  • Only 23% consider road conditions before travel abroad 1; despite road accidents being one of the most common dangers to travellers3.
  • 71% of senior executive travellers experience medical concerns abroad, many issues are preventable.2

International SOS launched a fully upgraded eLearning platform for their travel health and safety courses.

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Impacts Of Storm Imogen Are Expected To Continue Over Southern Parts Of England

The impacts of Storm Imogen are expected to continue over southern parts of England today and into tomorrow. A combination of severe gale or storm force winds, high tides and heavy showers mean there is an increased coastal flood risk. Today, storm force winds have brought large waves and spray to the south-west and south of England, particularly the Devon and Cornwall coasts, the Bristol Channel, and parts of the Kent and Sussex coastline.

The Environment Agency and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) are again calling for people to stay out of harm’s way on the coast. The two organisations are reiterating their warning to wave watchers against the danger of taking ‘storm selfies’

Flooding of coastal roads and isolated coastal properties is possible. There is also a ongoing risk of river flooding from the River Wye today and the River Severn until Friday as they continue to rise in response to heavy rainfall.

Andy Wilkinson, Environment Agency Duty Flood Risk Manager, said, "Today, Storm Imogen continues to bring large waves and spray to the south and south-west coastal parts of England. Storms can be exhilarating, but please keep safe. In recent years an increasing number of people have put themselves, family members and rescue workers at severe risk while wave watching and taking storm selfies. Please remember to take extreme care on coastal paths and promenades. Flooding of low lying coastal roads is also possible, people should also avoid driving through flood water: just 30cm of flowing water is enough to move your car. There is also a ongoing risk of river flooding from the River Wye today and the Severn until Friday as they continue to rise in response to heavy rainfall. Environment Agency teams are on the ground monitoring the situation and will issue flood warnings and alerts as required. Anyone can keep up to date with the latest situation on GOV.UK or follow @EnvAgency and #floodaware on Twitter for the latest updates."

David Walker, leisure safety manager at RoSPA, said, "While we want people to enjoy Britain’s coastlines, it’s important to respect the weather, which can get particularly ferocious around the coast. If you get caught up or swept out to sea your life will be at risk very quickly and our rescue services will also be at great risk. Look out for updates from the coastguard and police, and on the Environment Agency website for flood warnings."

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Essential Tips For A Safe Secure Chinese New Year

With the annual spring travel rush fast approaching, one billion people are preparing to celebrate with millions of planned journeys. International SOS and Control Risks offer advice and tips to ensure travellers remain healthy, safe and secure during the Chinese New Year festival. 

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