Safety & Security
Register with STEP
The Smart Traveler Emergency Program (STEP) is "a free service to allow U.S. citizens and nationals traveling and living abroad to enroll their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate." In case of local emergencies, the US Bureau of Consular Affairs will provide information and possible evacuation (in extreme circumstances). Registering with STEP takes 5 to 10 minutes.
Research Risks in your Host Community
The US State Department assesses all countries for travel safety. Review their Country Information Pages for details on crime, civil unrest, terrorism, health concerns, etc. As you review the data, make a plan for how you will mitigate potential risks.