We only have to look at the disruption caused in Indonesia by Mount Agung or the devastation wrought by Hurricane Irma to the British Virgin Islands, and surrounds, to know that as well as interrupting day to day life, natural disasters can present a risk to our physical wellbeing.
If you are planning a move to another country, it is important to research the risk of natural disasters as part of due diligence before you leave, so you can be better prepared for any eventuality. We will cover some of the most popular countries that expats move to. However, they are not the only ones impacted by natural disasters so no matter where you are moving to make sure you research it thoroughly.
First of all, there are things you can do to prepare for natural disasters that may occur whilst you’re working abroad as an expat including:
- Registering with your embassy or consulate
- Keeping a close eye on local news and weather forecasts
- Deciding to stay or go as early as possible
- Making a disaster kit including water, first aid kit, torches and some food
- Following the advice of local authorities
- Have comprehensive International Health Insurance