Helping Travelers Every Day: Political Unrest in Turkey
Christa Danisewicz |
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Background: An administrator for the study abroad department at a large university in California was closely monitoring news surrounding the political riots and demonstrations in Istanbul, Turkey. With a group of five students from her university enrolled in an international studies program there, she was worried the situation could escalate and pose a threat to the students’ safety. Unsure of how safely the group could leave the area if the protests continued, she turned to her organization’s travel risk management provider, On Call International, for help.
On Call Steps In: On Call worked closely with the university to assess the situation. While it was determined that no immediate departure was necessary at that point, On Call wanted to provide safety guidelines for the students to minimize risk. Shortly after, On Call discussed plans for potential evacuation with the administrator and as well as the director of the university. An official plan was put in place for the students, which included a designated meeting point and evacuation route in the event the situation worsened. After two weeks of closely monitoring the situation and providing Gail and her team with regular updates, it became clear that the students needed to be evacuated.
Outcome: The students, accompanied by a security team arranged by On Call, were safely evacuated from Istanbul to Athens, Greece. On Call also reserved hotel rooms in Athens for each of the students while they awaited their flight back to the U.S. Thanks to the institution’s partnership with On Call, Gail was able to ensure the students’ safe arrival back to the United States.
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