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Ebola Crisis Planning and Support Materials for U.S. Travel Members

October 30, 2014

Dear U.S. Travel Member:

Last week, U.S. Travel shared with its membership the first of a set of crisis planning documents that travel professionals can use to address the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). Today, I am sending the second, more in-depth document—an excellent guide of best practices and recommended steps to better inform our industry's readiness.
U.S. Travel Partners with The Chertoff Group
These recommendations have been prepared by security and health experts at The Chertoff Group, whom we turned to for their proficiency in providing the travel community with basic preparedness and response planning. In the latest resource, former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff's team has outlined considerations for:
  • Risk Assessment;
  • Prevention and Mitigation;
  • Preparation; and
  • Recovery.
1. In-Depth: Ebola Virus Disease Risk Management
  • A thorough assessment of EVD vulnerabilities, communication practices, operations, responses and recovery—designed specifically for travel organizations.
2. Overview: Considerations for Travel Professionals
  • Includes EVD at-a-glance information, guidance for event planners and recommendations to stem the spread of EVD.
As you communicate with your employees, destination and business partners, local officials and clients, I hope this will be a valuable resource offering sound, informative advice. I'm certain many of you are providing operational guidance already, so please consider this further instruction on combatting EVD and maintaining continuity of travel.
I will continue to keep you informed.

Roger J. Dow
President and CEO

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