Securewest supported a NGO consultant travelling to Aden, Yemen, for a two-week period.
Yemen has an extreme risk rating due to its political and economic situation and is one of the most difficult business environments. However, the client had travelled to the area before, had local knowledge, and was due to stay in a hotel in one of the safer parts of the city.
Service Provided Pre-travel
Before travel, a regional threat and risk assessment report was produced identifying threats, the level of risk and mitigation recommendations. The consultant received pre-trip training, a traveller risk assessment which included a detailed Journey Management Programme and access to the SPHERE app.
During the trip there was an indication of civil unrest and conflict in close proximity to where the traveller was staying. As a precaution, safeguarding measures were put in place on the ground in case the situation intensified and led to a targeted attack. On day 10 of the trip, the consultant heard gunfire outside his hotel room and raised the alert to our Global Response Centre.
The decision was made to relocate the traveller to a safe house until the conflict subsided. An armed security team was appointed to manage the transfer and provide static security at the safe house. The global response team provided regular security updates and established links with government agencies via the emergency management team at a tactical level. The traveller stayed in the safe house for three days until flight restrictions were lifted and he could safely leave the country.Click here to read more about our Travel Risk & Security Management services >