You should keep abreast of travel alerts and warnings to guard against possible terrorist threats. Terrorist threats can include hijackings, bombings, shootings, kidnappings, or biological or chemical attacks. The risk of a terror attack may depend in large part upon your destination. To help prevent from becoming a terror target, you can take these steps:
- Follow good practices for being unobtrusive, aware, and alert.
- Avoid congregating at "American hangouts" such as bars that might be targets for terrorists.
- Avoid speaking loudly in English when walking with groups of other Americans.
- Avoid dressing in ways that identify you as Americans (e.g., baseball caps on backward, American college sweatshirts).
- Eliminate any signs or materials that identify you as part of an American organization.
- Be alert to any danger signs at the program site such as the presence of suspicious-looking strangers or of unidentified packages.
- Keep abreast of local news through TV, radio, and newspapers.
- Keep in touch with personal contacts at home so that they know where to reach you in case of an emergency.
- Reminder: enroll in STEP or with your home country’s embassy or consulate.
If you experience a terrorist event, don’t assume it has been reported to the local consulate or embassy. Do so yourself and receive instructions on how to proceed. If possible also let your relatives and Cornell’s International Travel Health & Safety team know as soon as possible by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling the International SOS at 1-215-942-8478.