User Questions & Answers – Safety and security alerts in myCWT

What is a CWT Alert?

Each Safety and security alert provides concise information about an event or incident that may affect travel, increase travel security risk or pose a health threat. Safety and security Alerts assess and succinctly summarize the respective threat or incident to help subscribers quickly identify and monitor significant and relevant situations.

What is the definition of an active alert in myCWT in relation to my itinerary?

Safety and security alerts will be attached to CWT travelers trips according to this logic:

• Alert is tagged with a country included into any of the trip destinations/legs AND

• Alert is active within the start and end date of the destination/leg AND 

• If alert severity level is 1 AND coordinates range is less than <50> Km from destination city.

• If alert severity level is 2 AND coordinates range is less than <100> Km from destination city.

• If alert severity level is 3 AND coordinates range is less than <350> Km from destination city.

• If alert severity level is 4

Why do some alerts color the icon in red in myCWT?

Alert icon will be displayed with a color taken from the highest severity alert considered using the below scale:

• If highest severity alert is of severity level 1 then Alert icon will be BLACK

• If highest severity alert is of severity level 2 then Alert icon will be BLACK

• If highest severity alert is of severity level 3 then Alert icon will be RED

• If highest severity alert is of severity level 4 then Alert icon will be RED

Who is providing the content for the Safety and security alerts? 

The travel alert content is provided by International SOS / Control Risk the leading provider in Safety & Security solutions for the travel industry.

What are the different types of alerts and the different severity levels?

Severity 1- Notice: Routine planned events or travel disruption issues with no significant changes to medical or travel risk environment, representing a limited medical and/or travel security risk to travelers. Examples include: increase in dengue cases; seasonal flu updates; measles outbreaks; planned protests with limited risk to bystanders and minor travel disruption; ground transport strike where travelers may not have suitable alternative options; and air travel disruption issues.

Severity 2- Advisory: Major developments requiring additional readiness from travelers, events causing significant travel disruption, or incidents that result in increased medical/travel security risk. Examples include: a dengue outbreak in a country where it is not usually present; severe air pollution in an area that does not usually experience high levels of pollution; a zika outbreak in a previously unaffected location; protests that pose significant risks to bystanders or cause major travel disruption; violent crime incidents affecting foreigners; and security incidents such as bombings or attacks that pose incidental risks to mobile employees in countries where such incidents occur regularly.

Severity 3- Special Advisory: Significant unexpected development or major issue causing a substantial change to the medical or travel security risk environment, that necessitate an immediate response from travelers in the immediate vicinity of the incident, and from managers who might have staff exposed. Examples include: terrorist attacks such as bombings in major cities where travelers are present; major airports closures; transport incidents resulting in many fatalities; major health risks such as chemical spills or severe epidemics; and major natural disasters such as earthquakes, cyclones or tsunamis.

Severity 4- Evacuation Notification: Substantial developments leading to major changes in the medical or travel security risk environment that necessitate preparation for evacuation. Examples of such incidents include: major nuclear incidents; health care systems, including major hospitals, not able to function; escalating civil conflicts; and major deteriorations in security following coups attempts

What is the feedback button in each alert?

The feedback provided by clicking on whether the alert content is helpful or not is gathered and used in order to improve the alerts service itself.

What should I do if I have a question regarding an alert?

If you have any questions regarding the content of an alert, you can reach out to your CWT representative.

Who should I contact if I have a concern regarding my trip?

If you have any concerns regarding an alert in relation to your trip, please get in contact with your company travel and/or security department.

How should I use the Safety and security alerts?

Use the information as a basis for further research and not as a definitive report or recommendation on any destination.

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