Preparedness

Navigating PyeongChang, South Korea during Olympics XXIII

PyeongChang 2018 Olympics: A Land Without Google Maps

While traveling, it is always important to know how to get around, especially when abroad. Knowing where you are can save you the hassle of getting on a bus going the wrong direction or knowing whether a cab ride to the other end of town will take 15 minutes or 50 minutes. Travelers in South Korea face difficulties as two of the most popular navigation apps, Google Maps and Apple Maps, do not provide adequate coverage due to strict national security laws.
Signs of drought in Cape Town, South Africa

Ongoing Drought Threatening Water Supply in Cape Town, South Africa

Concerns are growing over a worsening drought that is leading to severe water shortages in Cape Town, South Africa. Local officials warned in January 2018 that Cape Town could reach "Day Zero," when the city's water resources are depleted, as early as April 21, 2018; however, various measures are expected to be implemented to mitigate the shortage before this date. The local government began instituting basic water rationing Jan. 8 and has a six-step, phased approach for such restrictions that will likely be implemented as water scarcity increases.
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European Measles Epidemic: Regional Outbreak in Decline, but Romania Continues to Bear the Brunt of Disease Activity

Measles transmission is continuing to decline across the region, though risk of infection remains highest in Romania. Greece is currently experiencing a measles outbreak, primarily in southern areas. Regardless of country of destination, health experts recommend that expatriates, students, and business travelers ensure they receive a booster immunization against measles, which remains a significant risk in the region.
Satellite image of Southern California wildfires driven by Santa Ana winds

Santa Ana Winds: The Perfect Ingredient for Extreme Fire Conditions

Firefighting crews in Southern California are hard at work battling destructive wildfires that ignited Dec. 4-6 in Los Angeles and Ventura counties. As of Dec. 7, nearly 190,000 residents in both counties were ordered to evacuate ahead of the fast-moving fires. Four large fires of note - the Thomas Fire in Ventura County and the Rye Fire, Creek Fire, and Skirball Fire in Los Angeles County - have burned a combined 46,943 hectares (116,000 acres). While personnel are working to restrict fire growth, containment of these major fires is still in its early stages. Since Dec. 4, weather conditions in Los Angeles and Ventura counties have hampered the success of firefighters. The US National Weather Service (NWS) maintains a Red Flag warning for both counties, meaning that conditions will be ideal for wildfire ignition and rapid spread. Strong winds, known as Santa Ana winds, are the leading cause of the recent wildfire outbreak.
2017 Atlantic hurricane season map

Threat Exists for Above Average Atlantic Hurricane Season in 2018

The conclusion of the 2017 Atlantic hurricane season on Nov. 30 likely comes as welcome news to those who were impacted by tropical activity in the US, Caribbean, and Central America. While individuals should take advantage of this respite in activity to rebuild devastated communities, it is never too early to start thinking about next year's hurricane season. Individuals and organizations with tropical vulnerabilities should remain vigilant and review contingency plans, particularly following the hyperactive 2017 Atlantic hurricane season.
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Traveling and Living Well With Diabetes

November 14 is designated as World Diabetes Day, an awareness campaign promoting prevention, testing, and treatment at all stages of disease development. Personal diabetes-related supplies, medication, and equipment may cause confusion and delays at some airport screening checkpoints. Diabetes testing supplies may be difficult to obtain or unavailable in many countries. Read on for tips on traveling with diabetic testing supplies, adapting to differing climates, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle while abroad.
Emergency Evacuation Plan

Surviving a Zombie Apocalypse FAQ

Intro: In 2011, the US CDC created a blog post on “Zombie Apocalypse preparedness”. This tongue-in-cheek blog was initially meant to capitalize on the resurging popularity of zombie-related movies and television programs and create an awareness for general disaster preparedness and mitigation. Since 2011, the US CDC has maintained its “zombie” awareness page and campaign, adding to it each year in an effort to reach the masses and educate about all types of preparedness. iJET International would like to take this opportunity on Halloween (All Hallows Eve) to present questions and answers on why preparation for a zombie apocalypse may save your life!

Forecasting Risk: How to Maximize Assessment Efforts Using Minimal Resources

Many organizations commit significant resources to forecast a market's growth potential. Before investing in a company, it is likely we would review a summary prospectus of their potential earnings. We also look to the National Weather Service for a forecast to determine our resource needs for a weather-dependent activity, days or possibly weeks, in advance. So why, given the need to conduct effective and efficient risk analysis beyond picking low-hanging fruit, is there such a limited effort to forecast risk? 
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Building a Successful Crisis Management Team

Widespread instability and growing threats to vital organizational interests are indelible on the canvas of the foreseeable future. As no two events are identical, no plan can anticipate or address every possible circumstance. In response, many organizations staff a Crisis Management Team and assign roles and responsibilities. However, implementing this effort alone is inadequate to address the dynamic nature of crisis.
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Drug Trafficking Organizations in Mexico

Organized crime groups, commonly referred to as drug trafficking organizations, operate throughout Mexico, and are the primary threat to business activity in the country. Since the disintegration of the Cali and Medellin cartels in Colombia in the early 1990s, Mexican drug trafficking organizations have come to dominate most aspects of the wholesale illicit drug market, including major supply chains into North America, Europe, and parts of Asia. The fragmentation of Mexico's DTOs suggests that the proliferation of groups relying on revenue from localized sources that can affect commercial income will remain a threat in the foreseeable future.

Travel Security Hotline Benefits and Best Practices for Protocols

Implementing a hotline provides substantial benefits beyond event reporting and assistance requests. When effectively established, they include predetermined event response protocols based upon the characteristics in a risk profile. This extends a high level of flexibility in building protocols tailored to specific world events in support of the entity’s risk mitigation strategies.

Live from Rio: Protesters Serve as Welcoming Committee at Galeo International Airport

iJET Americas Intelligence Analyst, Abbott Matthews is on the ground in Brazil to cover the Rio 2016 Olympic Games throughout August. Stay tuned for related iJET alerts and Olympic Briefs in the Daily Intelligence Briefing beginning Aug. 5.

Rio 2016 Olympic Games Preparation

Vice President Michel Temer assumes presidency in Brazil with an uncertain future. In contrast to the international community's focus on Brazil's preparedness for the Games, many Brazilians are more concerned with whether their government will collapse or if corruption will continue to run rampant among the political elite.

Personal Protective Measures for Today’s Global Citizens

Personal protection tips are based on the last 50 years where we have seen significant changes in the travel security industry. From the Post Vietnam War era of kidnapping and ransom scenarios throughout South America to terror attacks against western cultures in Europe and the US, the number and types of threats faced by travelers continues to increase. Unfortunately, what we have yet to see is same level of advancement in mitigation strategies and personal protective measures.