International events such as major product launches, corporate meetings, annual or regular sporting events continue to fall outside

the standard methodology and practices of risk and people risk management. Many organizations and individual s, also fail to anticipate or include this in travel risk management strategies for leisure or non-corporate travel. The bigger the event; often the greater lack of oversight. Many organizations an d planners have gotten themselves into what they consider â a well rehearsed processâ owever, given the continual growth in this area, one event could be just one of dozens or even hundreds on their annual calendar. Therefore, some planning group s do not even start their planning for these events until mere weeks before the start of the event. They have become so familiar with the process (in their mind s) that they simply template their planning preparation and even the threat prof iles. Issue motivated groups, criminals and even terrorists all have wants and needs. Along with these wants and needs, there a number of capabilities, intent and eve n historical success that are required before they can even be considered to be truly a threat. More often than not, criminals and terrorists prefer people over places. Meaning; they will go to where the people are, particular if they gathe r in large numbers. It often has less to do about location than the accessibilit y and opportunity for victims or attention. Increasingly, terrorist and issue mo tivated groups, are about striking at social activities rather than iconic landm ark locations. This means that many are at walking into the exact locations or c ircumstances preferred by both criminals and terrorists alike. In recent times s porting events have even been high on the list of preferred locations. Even athl etes have become preferred targets. Online bookings, cheaper airfares, product launches, the thrill of seeing your s tar athletes perform live are all increasingly motivating more and more people t o travel to these major events and super events. This can in turn result in smal l or moderate sized cities and locations expanding well beyond their infrastruct ure capacity or overburdening everything from amenities to emergency services. T he planning and preparation vary from city-to-city, location-to-location and eve n encompass cultural limitations. One should never assume that one particular ev ent held in different locations is even remotely close to the same standard of p lanning, preparation or resources met with at the last. Over the course of the next few months, everything from the soccer World Cup to the Shanghai Expo will see hundreds of thousands or millions of travellers desce nd on individual or clusters of location. These events to, have persistent and s pecific threats that will affect all travellers and attendees. They will range f rom the minor and routine, the life-threatening or catastrophic. Part of the threat are travellers or attendees themselves. In simple terms you s hould know before you go. Understanding, adapting and preparing for the local ci rcumstances, rather than just transit or your location of origin, is far more im portant if not pivotal to determine the success of an overall trip. Many times; Google just does not cut it! One should have accurate and specific advice that h elps shape your decision planning an even logistics. Increasingly companies are providing this on behalf of their employees. Local standards vary. The nature and even the scope of services provided at many of these events are likely to be different to what you may be accustomed at hom e. You may think it remote, or even unlikely to require such services but you sh ould at least pay attention in order to understand how they will work in the eve nt of an incident, accident or even an emergency. Plan. Set time aside, to research study and understand the location and even the event in which you are travelling to enjoy. If you have resources to draw upon, use them. If not, seek them out, share and collaborate; but do not omit. Itâ s not s .

o much the plan thatâ s important, itâ s the planning. Manage. All journeys (regardless of planning) present choices at various stages of the event. Informed and wise choices are based on the extent and knowledge ap plied to those particular choices. Ad hoc, ill informed, or simply cavalier choi ces often result in dangerous outcomes. Ensure you remain updated to changing ci rcumstances. Maintain awareness of your activities and the surroundings in which youâ re travelling. This should be applied to every stage from arrivals, transit to hotels, travel between events and locations; up to and including your return to the airport and subsequent departure. Actions. Think through plausible scenarios in advance. Consider what resources m ay be required. Complement those resources with your applied knowledge and acces s to support services. Should anything occur, that requires even the most routin e of responses up to an inclusive life safety and security incidents, your under standing in advance will determine or govern a successful outcome. This should b y no means be an individual undertaking, and all travellers or attendees should consider leveraging from other support networks. Bad things happen to good people all the time. Itâ s just a fraction of the overall t ime required to be spent on planning, managing and determining actions, that wil l determine the success of any incident, big or small.

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