Friday., September 1, 2011 – 9-11 Anniversary Travel Alert
As we mark the 10th Anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the Department of State informs U.S. citizens traveling and residing abroad of the continued threat posed by al-Qa'ida and its affiliates. While we have not identified any specific threats from al-Qa'ida affiliates and allies to attack the United States or our interests on the 9/11 anniversary, U.S. citizens should be aware that al-Qa'ida affiliates and allies have demonstrated the intent and capability to carry out attacks against the United States and our interests around the world. In the past, terrorist organizations have on occasion planned their attacks to coincide with significant dates on the calendar. This Worldwide Travel Alert supplements the July 26, 2011, Worldwide Caution, and expires on January 2, 2012.
U.S. citizens traveling and residing abroad should enroll in the Smart Travelers Enrollment Program (STEP) at the following website: https://travelregistration.state.gov. U.S. citizens without internet access may enroll directly at the U.S. Embassy or Consulate at their destination. By enrolling, U.S. citizens make it easier for the Embassy to contact them in case of emergency.
Updated information on travel and security may be obtained from the Department of State by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or, for callers outside the United States and Canada, a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. For further information, please consult the Worldwide Caution and other consular information, including Country Specific Information, for specific countries. These products and the latest international travel information for U.S. citizens are available on the Bureau of Consular Affairs Internet website at http://travel.state.gov.
Thurs., July 26, 2011 – State Department Updates Warning to Americans Overseas
The State Dept is warning Americans that al Qaeda and other organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks against US interests around the world. "These attacks may employ a wide variety of tactics" and there is an "enhanced potential" for anti-American violence. For the July 26 announcement and report, see U.S. Department of State Worldwide Caution.
Parents and families of study abroad students need to be aware of an extortion scam being perpetrated against the families of study abroad students. Sometimes known as "virtual kidnapping" the family will get a call from someone saying they are holding the student, or that the student is in jail, and the family will need to wire funds to release the student.
Parents and students are encouraged to read the additional news resouces and watch the video for advice on how to prevent this and developing communication code words to determine the validity of any contacts.
Sun, June 05, 2011 -- E. coli outbreak in Europe
E. coli outbreak in Europe
Miami University faculty, staff and students abroad should be aware of the e. coli outbreak in Europe. There are many media outlets reporting, among them:
Fact-based medical information is found at:
- CDC: www.cdc.gov/ecoli/2011/ecoliO104/
- WHO: www.who.int/topics/escherichia_coli_infections/en/
- HTH: www.hthworldwide.com/extras/highPrty_Topics.cfm?p_topic_id=15199
If any symptoms exist, proceed or take the sufferer to the nearest medical care facility, then contact HTH Worldwide for case management. If not sure of the nearest location, contact HTH Worldwide and you will be directed to the nearest facility.
Call collect 24/7/365:
HTH Worldwide Case Management 610-254-8769
International SOS Alarm Center 215-942-8226