While this warning was specifically aimed at Americans in Belgium in the wake of these major attacks, its message has universal applicability. In today’s security environment, travelers must not only seek to maintain an appropriate level of security awareness but also proactively prepare to respond to potential incidents. These same principles of advance planning are used by the U.S. Secret Service and apply to both work related and personal travel. Additionally, preparedness should not be limited to terror attacks or other acts of targeted violence—such as the fatal stabbing of an American graduate student in Israel earlier this month— but also fire and medical emergencies, petty theft, and street crime.
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