Update to Situation in Paris
November 13, 2015 10:45 PM
What is considered to be a coordinated terrorist attack took place in Paris on November 13, 2015. A mass shooting turned into a hostage situation at the Bataclan Theater. Although the hostage situation has been resolved, there have been over 100 fatalities. Additionally, three explosions occurred close to the Stade de France and other shooting locations have been reported. Security and police presence have been heighted and people are encouraged to get off the streets and seek shelter. There are conflicting reports as to whether the country's borders are currently closed, but means of transportation are limited. The Orly Airport has been shut down and Charles De Gaulle Airport is exercising extreme caution.*
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- Above all, individuals should notify their employers, colleges/universities, friends and family that they are safe as soon as possible.
- Travelers should expect to spend extra time in Paris - this is for their safety.
- If travelers are in the midst of chaos, advise them to adopt a "shelter in place" mentality by evaluating their environment and the risks surrounding them.
- If your travelers are currently in a hotel they should not check out of their hotels. It's unlikely they will be able to get out of Paris immediately and it's important to have a safe place to stay.
- Many people are opening up their apartments to those who are stranded. While this is extremely kind, both parties should practice extreme caution.
- Consider ground transport as travelers may not be able to take their original flights home.
- The closest airport to Paris (outside France) is Brussels International Airport. A car rental or bus can help a traveler get north.
- Travelers may have to re-book their flights several times.
- Make sure travelers have their passports with them at all times and have plenty of cash.
- Program administrators should immediately do welfare and whereabouts checks for their traveling population. In the U.S., audit available crisis response team members and backups for your crisis management teams. Don't just plan for the next day or two; look ahead at the next ten to fourteen days. Consider people who may be traveling to the area and could be affected.
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Our Security Team is actively monitoring the situation in Paris. Please contact our Global Response Center at 1.800.575.5014 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you currently have travelers in the region and need immediate advice and/or emergency assistance.
*Security intel provided by iJet. Information presented in this email is based on current news at the time of writing. For the most up-to-date news as the situation develops, please follow trusted media sources.