Nov172020_FB-Feed.jpg Weather patterns have been very harsh and unpredictable more than ever. Aside from our current global pandemic, travel plans continue to be disrupted by typhoons and hurricanes. So, here are our expert tips on what every traveler (leisure or business) should do when a storm hits.

  1. Be Informed Even if you’re vacationing and wanted to get off the grid when you see the skies at your destination getting darker, that’s a cue to check the news. Read articles or tune in to local news channels and radio stations (if you can understand the language). You can also ask for information from your hotel’s concierge or front desk.

  2. Inform Family or Friends When a storm hits you while away from home, make sure to keep your family and loved ones informed about your safety or status; for business travelers, keep accountability with their organizations is a must. Data shows that a concerned family member or friend tips most disaster rescues.

  3. Cooperate with Authorities Keep in mind that in disaster response, you probably won’t get VIP treatment anymore. You are no longer in vacation mode but in survival mode. Hotel and resort guests may be prioritized more than the employees; however, when it comes to local authorities instructing and giving aid, each rescue is expected to cooperate for their survival.

  4. Seek Shelter When the storm hits, cancel all your outdoor activities or tours and stay indoors. Keep an eye on windows, glass doors, chandeliers, and lamps that may potentially break. Find a safer corner in your room; some storm survivors opted to stay in their hotel bathrooms. If there are plenty of hazards in your room, request a safer place in your hotel to stay.

  5. Evacuate If Advised As mentioned in #3, vacationers need to cooperate with local authorities for their safety. So, if you’re vacationing on an island, by the coast, or any other high-risk areas, please evacuate if the alert level requires you to do so. Also, only bring necessities as you evacuate; some rescuers won’t accommodate your entire luggage.

  6. Contact Embassy If you’re away in a foreign country, contact your embassy and update them of your whereabouts. Embassy representatives will help you coordinate with your emergency contacts and work their best to bring you home safely.

  7. Contact Insurance Provider When things have slightly settled after the storm, the next thing a traveler should do is to contact their insurance provider to report damages, loss of items, and trip cancellations. Some insurance policies can cover all liabilities or release emergency funds.

For travel emergencies and other trip disruptions, get in touch with your Viyahe travel assistant, who are available 24/7. Download the Viyahe app today and stay ready.