083117 – Floods in South Asia

The International Center wants to offer our deepest sympathy to any of you who have been affected by the floods in South Asia.

Available support resources for enrolled UT Dallas students

  • The International Student Services Office. Their advising staff is available for questions about making emergency trips home or other emergency immigration concerns.  For critical immigration emergency assistance outside of business hours, call the UT Dallas Police at 972 883 2222.
  • The Student Counseling Center.  If you are in need of emotional support, staff from the Student Counseling Center will be available for open sessions in the Student Union Reflection Room (lower level, SU Room 1.801) on Thursday, Aug. 31 (today), now until 5 p.m., and on Friday, Sept. 1, from 8–10 a.m. and 2–5 p.m.  In addition, you can stop by the Student Counseling Center during regular business hours, or utilize the after-hours crisis hotline at 972-UTD-TALK (972-883-8255).
  • The Office of Student Volunteerism has created an online guide with a list of local and national resources. The university’s Comet Cupboard, an on-campus foodbank for students, is also available if needed.

If currently on-site on behalf of UT Dallas

If you have not registered your trip in International SOS, do so now

Stay connected and aware of current developments

  • Monitor the media and local developments closely.
  • Follow any instructions or advice issued by the local authorities.
  • Contact your transport operator directly to check whether your service has been affected.
  • Enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) if a U.S. Citizen.
  • Report with your home country embassy at your destination if not a U.S. Citizen.
  • Expect disruption to essential services such as power and water in the affected areas.
  • Contact your loved ones to let them know you are okay.

Be prepared

  • Anticipate disruption to road journeys and plan them accordingly.
  • Reconfirm the status of routes and feasibility of journeys before travelling.
  • Ensure you cell phone has a full charge as a general precaution.
  • Be prepared to arrange alternate routes and modes of transportation as needed.
  • Check your Personal Emergency Action Plan.
  • Choose safe food and drinking water. Drink only boiled or bottled water, or canned or carbonated beverages.
  • Prevent mosquito bites. Use an effective insect repellent that contains DEET, Picaridin, PMD, or IR3535.
  • To get Travel or Emergency Assistance, call ISOS 24/7 to  +1-215-942-8059.  Identify yourself as a UT Dallas faculty, staff or student.

Incidents such as this can shake anyone. If you need emotional support, please don’t hesitate to contact International SOS to request assistance.

If you have updated your travel itinerary, or have not registered it with International SOS, please register your travel itinerary in ISOS now.

If you intend to conduct travel to flood affected areas

  • Contact International SOS for a pre-travel briefing covering safety preparations and the support required to ensure the trip is feasible.
  • Exercise caution. Travel to the worst-affected areas should be conducted only if you are confident in your journey management planning (vehicle suitability, logistics support, and communications).
  • Follow all directives issued by the local authorities and emergency services in the affected areas.
  • Monitor the travel security alerts for related updates.
  • Choose safe food and drinking water. Drink only boiled or bottled water, or canned or carbonated beverages.
  • Prevent mosquito bites. Use an effective insect repellent that contains DEET, Picaridin, PMD, or IR3535.

Sources

The risk information in this report is retrieved from the listed sources. It provides general guidance for UT Dallas travelers. Please note the publication date of this post, and go to the direct sources listed above for the most up-to-date information.  The information in this post may change without prior notice.