The rioting in Athens and in Egypt. The earthquake in Japan. Suppose you were a tourist in those countries and ended up in the middle of those events. What would you do?
My TA send out a notice to her clients about the U.S. Department of State Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).
The following is a quote from the site:
"The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free service provided by the U.S. Government to U.S. citizens who are traveling to, or living in, a foreign country.
STEP allows you to enter information about your upcoming trip abroad so that the Department of State can better assist you in an emergency.
STEP also allows Americans residing abroad to get routine information from the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. "
My TA told me she registers every time she goes outside of the U.S. I will be registering my husband and myself from now on. We got lucky and missed the rioting in Athens and Egypt. But it could have happened while we were there.