We all know the saying “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” This runs true even in education abroad. A few weeks ago, when NAFSA announced the free publication of two resources entitled “When a Reporter Calls” and “Questions for Responding to Emergencies,” the (retired) author of the article on how to respond to calls from news reporters identified that piece as one she wrote in the late 1990s.
It is a testament both to her (Thank you, Mickey Slind!) and, I believe, to the seriousness with which the field prepares for emergencies and responds to safety concerns. That article was first published in 1997, and while the internet and terrorism seem to have changed so much in our lives and in our programs, that valuable work done in years past has served us well and can continue to guide us today.
Safety and risk management are areas of our work at the front of our minds these days–and will likely continue that way. Check out these two key checklists from NAFSA’s Guide to Education Abroad that are available on the NAFSA website.