Safety Updates: March 2018

March 14

The spring is known for bright colors and wonderful holidays that are filled with cultural and religious traditions, including Nowruz, Holy Week, Passover, and Easter. These are widely celebrated by millions of people all over the world.  Nowruz  Nowruz (Nevruz) is a festival commonly recognized as the Kurdish and Persian New Year and a celebration marking the beginning of spring on March 21. Over 75 million people in multiple countries, including Iran, Afghanistan, Russia, and Turkey, will be enjoying the festivities and celebrating the New Year. Public Nowruz (Nevruz) observances… Read more


March 9

It’s the time of year when millions of college-age students flock to the beaches of the U.S., while others may plan an international adventure. Everyone plans for a great vacation without thinking of the potential safety and security issues that can arise.  It is important, no matter where this Spring Break takes you, to remain safe and have the knowledge of what to avoid, how to avoid it, and what to do in an emergency situation.  Standard Travel Advice Don’t purchase, use or import/export drugs.  Many U.S. citizens overseas are arrested for pursuing this kind of activity, and the U.S.… Read more


March 1

  Winter Storm Emma has carried severe snow and ice from eastern Russia and is expected to continue causing significant travel disruption across Western Europe until at least 2 March 2018. The storm has caused several airports in Scotland, Ireland, and Switzerland to close on 1 March. There have been delays and cancellations at London Heathrow (LHR), London City (LCY) and London Gatwick (LGW) airports. France also continues to experience weather-related travel disruption.  While land journeys can take longer than usual during to the severe weather, and traffic congestion is likely, public… Read more