Extra Protection While Traveling
In the words of Monty Python; “Nobody expected the Spanish Inquisition” but travel always has a certain element of risk. Unfortunately todays news is making that painfully clear. One of the most important things you need when natural disasters and civil unrest erupts in a country where you’re traveling is a way for the U.S. government to locate you. Well there’s an APP for that. It’s called STEP.
The United States State Department has a program to help you while you travel internationally. Travelers are urged to enroll in STEP the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (ENROLL HERE) to receive security messages and to make it easier to locate you in an emergency. The State Department uses security messages to convey information to you about terrorist threats, security incidents, planned demonstrations, along with information about natural disasters. It can also provide information on how to contact consulates, embassies and the State Department directly in an emergency.
Enrollment is free and it creates an account that includes your contact information along with how to get in touch with your emergency contacts should something happen. You use the account online to update your travel information before and while you travel, which is automatically transferred to embassies and consulates near your travel locations.
Sometimes having Big Brother watch you could be a good thing…