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The fallout from September's terrorist attacks is still rippling through the world and has affected or will affect associations' international activities. Knowing the resources to turn to in a time of crisis can be crucial to quickly assessing your association's global options in these changing times. The U.S. State Department has several avenues to keep you up to date, including the following:

The Bureau of Consular Affairs' Overseas Citizens Services. The bureau (http://travel.state.gov) advises and supports U.S. embassies and consulates around the world on issues pertaining to Americans living abroad. To assist the traveling public, the bureau issues

* Travel warnings. Warnings are issued when the State Department decides, based on all relevant information, to recommend that Americans avoid travel to a certain country and can be viewed online at http://travel.state.gov/travel_warnings.html.

* Public announcements. These announcements disseminate information about terrorist threats and other relatively short-term and/or transnational conditions posing significant risks to the security of U.S. travelers.

* Consular information sheets. Sheets are available for every country and include U.S. embassy and consulate locations, health conditions, political disturbances, crime and security data, etc.

* Information on preparing for a crisis abroad. The Web site http://travel.state.org/crisismg.html contains an overview on how to prepare for crises including terrorism, natural disasters, evacuations, health concerns, and much more.

Overseas Security Advisory Council. The council [www.ds-osac.org) is ready with timely information to help you make informed decisions on how to best protect your investments, facilities, personnel, and intellectual property abroad. Among their many excellent online resources, check out its publications (www.ds-osac.org/publications) including Security Awareness Overseas--An Overview and Personal Security Guidelines for the American Business Traveler Overseas.

Office of Public and Intergovernmental Liaison. This is the gateway to the U.S. State Department and American embassies and consulates abroad. The office conducts an outreach program to a variety of associations and organizations; promotes foreign policy dialogue between department officials, state and local government representatives, and the American people through a variety of programming activities; and facilitates educational study missions and economic development delegations traveling abroad. It is the central point of coordination for speaking engagements, briefings, and conference programs in the department and around the country.

Whether new to the international scene or a seasoned professional with a global focus, visit www.state.gov to learn more about services of the State Department.

This article is revised and excerpted from the October 2001 issue of the ASAE International Section's Global Link newsletter.
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