Nairoi Hotel Attack
It had been nearly six years since the last major terrorist attack in Nairobi, Kenya – until 15-16 January 2019, when members of the Somalia-based Islamist extremist group al-Shabab stormed the Dusit D2 hotel in 14 Riverside Drive, in the affluent Westlands neighbourhood. The attack and subsequent security operation to secure the hotel and complex lasted for nearly 20 hours; although at least 700 people were successfully evacuated from the complex, 21 people have been reported killed, and 28 wounded.
Earthquake & Tsunami - Sulawesi, Indonesia
The disasters damaged much of the city’s key infrastructure, including the airport and seaport. Despite being a provincial capital, Palu is situated in a remote corner of the Sulawesi island. The city was virtually unreachable except for a few routes that had been hastily cleared of debris after the tremor.
Australian Red Cross - Progress through partnership
For many years Australian Red Cross has provided humanitarian support to vulnerable people around the globe. Working in extreme environments and crisis situations, Australian Red Cross has always placed huge importance on keeping its international aid workers safe and well. But today, with the emergence of new risks in a rapidly changing world, the need to deliver medical and security assistance to its workforce is greater than ever.
Hector's story - Motor vehicle accident
Approximately 1.3 million people die on the world’s roads each year, while tens of millions of others are injured or disabled. Over 90 per cent of these deaths occur in low and middle-income countries.*
Motor vehicle accidents can occur anywhere, but in places where road conditions are poor and quality medical services are scarce, your chances of survival plummet without medically-led assistance.
* WHO Global Status Report on Road Safety 2009
Richard's story - Pre-departure briefing, essential to project success
Travelling to any new destination requires preparation, whether the trip has been planned in five hours or five months. Pre-departure briefings are often on check-lists for travel arranged well in advance, but can easily be forgotten when it’s last-minute.
A frequent traveller and senior partner in a leading professional services firm, Richard Boynton was caught off-guard when he was required to go to Papua New Guinea (PNG) at short notice.
How to develop an emergency response plan
Developing Emergency Response Plans that are robust and truly localised is an ongoing challenge for NGOs, especially when launching operations in a new country or region.
In emergency situations, preparation is the key to positive outcomes.
Infographic | Haiti earthquake
The Haiti earthquake demonstrated the full benefit of the strategic alliance between International SOS
and Control Risks. Through our joint venture, we offer clients a comprehensive range of emergency medical and security and evacuation services backed by an unrivalled global network of operational resources.
Infographic | How companies are responding to the Ebola outbreak now
Outbreaks like these know no borders, so organisations in proximity need to ensure they are prepared. Travelers need to know the issues and have a plan. The situation remains very fluid and will likely get worse before it gets better. This will be a long distance run – not a sprint – so organisations need to dig in for the long haul.