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Norway Crisis Centre helps Norwegians abroad. You are travelling for holiday or business and crisis strikes. Perhaps a major earthquake or flood. Perhaps you fall ill or are arrested. What now? Primary responsibility rests with you. Hopefully, you have travel insurance and have not travelled against medical or government advice. Yet, despite being essential, travel insurance cannot solve all problems and has many exclusions.

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Norway Crisis Centre helps Norwegians abroad

Published on Saturday, 28th May, 2016 at 12:17 under the columns category, by Ilan Kelman.

You are travelling for holiday or business and crisis strikes. Perhaps a major earthquake or flood. Perhaps you fall ill or are arrested.

Oslo 24/7 response centre with with the government’s White Paper
Oslo 24/7 response centre with with the government’s White Paper
Photo: Ilan Kelman


What now?

Primary responsibility rests with you. Hopefully, you have travel insurance and have not travelled against medical or government advice. Yet, despite being essential, travel insurance cannot solve all problems and has many exclusions.

To support Norwegians in other countries, the Government of Norway runs a 24/7 Foreign Service Response Centre (UD-OPS) to provide advice and, for serious situations, assistance. It can be reached at krise@mfa.no and through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs switchboard +47-2395-0000 or any Norwegian Embassy.

During catastrophes when dozens or thousands of Norwegians might be affected, a crisis call centre is activated. A team is always on standby to be on-site within an hour.

They help those caught in a disaster and those back home trying to track down friends and family. Crisis centre staff members need to be at the airport ready to travel anywhere in the world within five hours.

The response centre is clear that they are only a partial cure. The best that you can do is prevention, a responsibility which remains with you.

When travelling, inform yourself in advance, use the government’s registration site, learn how to avoid difficulties, and be prepared to deal with challenges when they arise. If none of this works, then the government’s response centre is always available.

Ilan Kelman is a Reader in Risk, Resilience and Global Health at University College London. He always buys travel insurance but hopes that he never needs to use it.



Published on Saturday, 28th May, 2016 at 12:17 under the columns category, by Ilan Kelman.

This post has the following tags: crisis, response, oslo, emergency, paywall.





  
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