Emergency Preparedness

Environmental Awareness

Research your destination before traveling to be aware of the environmental risks present. See the U.S. DOS Travel Advisories for your destination.

Extreme weather events have increased in frequency and scale due to climate change. Some follow cyclical patterns, while others are less predictable. By researching your destination’s climate and weather patterns thoroughly before you travel, you can learn which risks are most prevalent when and pack the appropriate items and clothing. Consider seasonal (and temperature) changes, precipitation patterns (which may cause flooding or drought), the prevalence of monsoons, tornados, tropical cyclones/typhoons/hurricanes, etc. These events may also provoke other disasters, so beware of potential wildfires, avalanches, landslides, and potential harm from damaged infrastructure. You should also note your destination’s terrain and proximity to active volcanoes, mountainous regions, large bodies of water, and fault zones, which may increase the likelihood of earthquakes and/or tsunamis. This information will help you learn the relevant emergency protocols.