Travel Alert: Southern Europe [Aug 2, 2021]

Travel Alert

Wildfires in southern Europe are expected to cause unpredictable interruptions, to transport and business operations in rural areas of southern Europe, including southern France, Greece, Portugal, Spain, and Turkey, through at least the end of September.

Wildfires are a normal occurrence in southern European summer, happing after long dry spells or during extreme temperatures, and can lead to evacuations, road closures, and ground transport diversions. Disruption to arterial roads is possible. Emergency services are typically able to contain such fires and implement effective route diversions, authorities could declare local states of emergency to facilitate the emergency response to severe incidents.

Smoke from wildfires is a mixture of gases and fine particles from burning trees, plants, and possibly building materials. Such smoke can hurt eyes, irritate the respiratory system, and worsen chronic heart and lung diseases. Smoke may also worsen symptoms for people who have pre-existing respiratory conditions – such as respiratory allergies, asthma, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Heavy smoke can impede visibility, producing hazardous driving conditions on some roads and could prompt short-notice flight disruptions if wildfires occur near airports. Railways can also experience occasional cancellation of services and long delays.

About Riskovery Solutions

Riskovery doesn’t wait until an incident occurs to look for a solution. Our Travel Risk Management Application proactively collects data through its proprietary application to ensure when an incident occurs, employees have the greatest chance of receiving the support they need to get home. As soon as an alert is received, Riskovery immediately begins to reestablish communication. Simultaneously, while communication is being re-established, the team analyzes data to determine where your team members are if they are safe and alternate methods for re-contacting. Team Riskovery takes proactive steps to provide essential support to stranded team members.

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