Paul's Note: I sent the following email, verbatim, to my co-workers Friday evening. Like me, all of these individuals travel a fair amount as part of their job. It's my hope some of you may find this information useful.
Friday, 9:10 PM NAMIC Time
Operators: I trust your weekend is off to a good start.
I wanted to share a few thoughts as you make your travel plans for the next week or so. By now, you have seen the news that President Trump and others are expressing grave concern over the possibility of war with North Korea.
I am no national defense expert, of course, and so I don't know how credible this threat really is. I am not overly concerned. Nonetheless, I am taking certain precautions when I travel over the next couple of weeks should we find ourselves in the middle of a national emergency. You may find some of these helpful to you as well.
First and foremost, make sure you have the resources to get yourself home in case of an emergency. For most of us, this means making sure that any rental car you have stays gassed up as much as possible. While you're at the convenience store getting gas, make sure your car has a water bottle in it, along with some high energy snacks. Note well - if there is some sort of emergency and people begin to become fearful, anticipate longer lines at the gas station and grocery stores, along with possible shortages of gas, food and water.
Speaking of rental cars, if something big happens and you don't have a rental car, consider getting one immediately. When 9/11 happened, Kendel had just landed in Houston with co-workers. The airspace system had shut down, and the rental car companies quickly ran out of cars. If you don't have one when the airspace system closes, get one ASAP. Be reluctant to give up your rental car if you already have one.
If you're not accustomed to carrying cash with you, I would suggest that you do. Any sort of shut down of the banking system due to a hack or other disruption will make your credit card useless. You want to be able to buy food, water, gas and even a rental car if you don't have one using nothing but cash.
What is the best route to get home? I always send Julie and Joe, along with Kendel, my itinerary which includes my best estimate of my "get home" route if I have to drive home instead of fly home.
Plan to be out on the road longer than you expect. I generally carry enough "stuff" to manage out on the road about twice as long as I think I will be there. For me, this means additional clothing (usually in form of additional underwear, socks, and a pair of comfortable tennis shoes) and supplies (toiletries and snacks) in addition to whatever cash I am carrying on me. This would also include extra medications you might be taking.
Lastly, I have shared these before, but I will share them again just in case. Here's my packing list for business travel, and for you more adventurous souls, here are my thoughts on when, why and how I carry gold and silver when I travel.
I want to stress to you I don't think we're going to end up in an armed conflict with North Korea. We should be mindful, nonetheless, that conflict with North Korea would not be akin to bombing Syria. An attack would have significant world security ramifications. In the unlikely event that happens, you want to be in a position to get back home quickly.
I join with those of you praying for our nation and for peace. Let me know if you would like to visit further about this.
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