International SOS and Control Risks respond to Nepal Earthquake
International SOS, the world’s leading medical and travel security services company, and Control Risks, the world’s leading global business risk consultancy, have deployed a joint medical and security team to Kathmandu to assist clients on the ground in the wake of the Nepal earthquake. This includes hundreds of travellers, expatriates and others in Nepal and surrounding affected areas.
Grant Strudwick, Regional Security Director, Asia-Pacific, International SOS and Control Risks says: “We are working 24/7 to help our clients—including multinational corporates, NGOs and educational institutions with medical and evacuation support. We can confirm shortages of food and medical supplies in Kathmandu. Hospitals are overstretched and there is a severe strain on transportation and accommodations due to structural damage in the buildings and the continued aftershocks.”
International SOS advises to defer all travel to Nepal. Non-essential staff should consider leaving the country, when possible. Travel outside the Kathmandu valley should be by air only. The status of intercity roads is generally impassable due to debris, damaged roads, landslides and avalanches as well as adverse weather. Disease outbreaks may increase in the coming days. There is an increased risk of diarrheal illness from contaminated food and water. All directives issued by emergency services personnel, especially with regard to shelter and evacuations, should be followed.
For questions or concerns about developments in Nepal, one of the 27 International SOS Assistance Centres can be contacted. Detailed and regularly updated travel security information is available at our Member Zone and via the International SOS Assistance App.
About International SOS and Control Risks
Our alliance brings together two of the world’s leading medical and security specialists, International SOS and Control Risks. Our combined resources and expertise are well placed to meet the customers’ growing need for integrated travel security risk services. Our solutions ensure that mobile employees are safe and productive and help employers with their duty of care obligations. 50 dedicated experts, located across the globe with access to over 200 dedicated travel security experts through 26 regional Assistance Centres and a partner network of over 700 accredited providers, produce global travel security information and analysis 24/7. We also provide travel security training, preventative travel assessment, support with the development of travel security risk policies, evacuation plans and the latest technology to enable clients to track and communicate with their mobile employees.