IBA’s In Case of Crisis Issues Travel and Emergency Tips Ahead of Sochi Olympic Winter Games, Super Bowl XLVIII

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Leading Mobile Emergency Response Solution Advises Athletes, Fans and Organizers to Get Prepared Before Events and Use Power of Smartphones

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“As most people are already tethered to mobile devices, a traveler’s smartphone can be a gateway for storing and accessing the most critical emergency information to be used in a moment’s notice,” said Christopher Britton, GM, In Case of Crisis.

As the Sochi Winter Olympics and Super Bowl XLVIII are just days away, Irving Burton Associates’ In Case of Crisis, a mobile emergency response and business continuity solution, today issued advice for travelers, fans, athletes and organizers for safe local and global travel experiences.

“Whether fans and athletes are commuting across town or half around the world to attend significant sporting events, pre-departure preparation is critical to minimizing risk and knowing how to effectively handle an issue in the event of an emergency,” said Christopher Britton, General Manager, IBA’s In Case of Crisis. “As most people are already tethered to smartphones and other mobile devices, the great news is that a traveler’s smartphone can be a gateway for storing and accessing the most critical emergency information to be used in a moment’s notice.”

Key pre-departure emergency preparation tips include:

1) Utilize Traveler Apps and Critical Web Sites – Domestic and international travelers should download key apps before leaving home, including the U.S. Government’s State Department Smart Traveler App, which they should continue to monitor while abroad for timely travel alerts from embassies and consultants around the globe. Another critical site is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which provides global health alerts and vaccine information. Travelers can also sign up for notices from Overseas Security Advisory Council.

2) Stay Abreast of Current Events – Research and stay current on events and hot spots in the country and region that are being visited. Also stay informed about local and world news before and during the trip via a site such as http://www.cnn.com/WORLD or download an international media outlet’s mobile app before departure. If the U.S. State Department issues a warning to leave the country, make necessary arrangements to get out as quickly as possible – don’t wait.

3) Research English-speaking Hospitals/Doctors – Download a list of nearby English-speaking hospitals and doctors in the region where you are travelling and keep the info on your mobile device. All U.S. embassies offer this resource.

4) Familiarize Yourself with Local Laws and Customs – It’s imperative to understand local laws and cultural differences so you don’t end up breaking the law unintentionally. Also familiarize yourself with local and regional emergency icons/symbols, many of which differ from country to country.

5) Understand Risk and Use Good Judgement – Before hitting the road or hopping on a plane, take the time to determine the risk involved in traveling. While onsite, if something seems risky or you question whether an activity or situation is dangerous, use your best judgement and gut instincts.

Utilized by leading college institutions and global organizations, the In Case of Crisis mobile solution allows organizations and institutions convenient and secure access to emergency information with features such as easy-to-read instructional and building diagrams, one-tap key contact calling, and push notifications for updates/alerts and maps. The app includes access to a library of 85 possible emergency event scenarios with templates and images. A dedicated client success team provides hands-on coaching and best practice tips for publishing emergency plans to mobile devices. Additionally, the In Case of Crisis mobile solution emergency and business continuity plans can be tailored to support the needs of each audience within an organization.

About In Case of Crisis
In Case of Crisis is a purpose-built mobile emergency response and business continuity solution designed to allow organizations to publish their specific emergency procedures and instructions via an online portal to employees’, students’ and constituents’ Apple and Android mobile devices. With four editions including education, corporate, government and hospitality, the In Case of Crisis app promotes organization and business continuity by offering mobile users current, actionable emergency guidance when and how they need it, regardless of connectivity. In Case of Crisis is an Irving Burton Associates (IBA) service headquartered in Herndon, Va. For more information, visit http://www.incaseofcrisis.com.

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