Customize your own travel security watchlists - Crisis24 series Part 2/3
Welcome to Part 2 of our introductory series on GardaWorld’s Crisis24 portal, your go-to resource for understanding how environmental, political, legal, security and cultural risks around the world affect you, your business and your planned trips.
In Part 1 of this series, we talked about how Crisis24’s alerts provide you with the travel safety information and advice you need to prepare for a trip and stay safe abroad. Now, we’ll look at how you can set up an account and create watchlists, so you can try out Crisis24 for yourself.
Want to skip to Part 3 about country reports? Click here.
Set up your free account
Want to see how Crisis24 can keep you informed about the places and issues that most affect you around the world? Go to Crisis24’s main page and you’ll see a “Create my free account” button on the right hand side.
Once you select it, you’ll be instructed to enter your email address and set up your password. Then, you’ll receive an email with a link to complete your account registration. Once you select the link, you’ll see your Crisis24 dashboard, with a black background and a map of security hotspots, a global security activity chart and news alerts. There, that was easy.
Build your watchlists to get the travel safety information that’s relevant to you
Once you’re in your Crisis24 dashboard, you’ll see a white banner and a “Customize here” button. Select the button, and a “My Watchlist Preferences” panel will appear. You can choose the country, countries, or region you want to focus on. For example, you might choose the entire Asia Pacific region, if you are interested in the entire region or if your company is interested in markets for the entire region. Maybe you’re planning a trip to Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam, so you might want to select these three countries only. You can also select just one country.
Choose what you want to be informed about, and how you want to be informed
After you select the geographical area under “Countries” in the “My Watchlist Preferences” panel, you’ll see that you can choose what topics you want news alerts about. Topics include communications/technology, culture, entry/exit, environmental, financial, flood, health, legal, security and transportation. You might select one of these topics, some of them, or all of them. For that trip to Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam, you might want to select health, security, entry/exit, and environmental issues. Or if you’re a market analyst, you might select issues related to financial, legal or communications/technology.
Next, you can choose what level of threat you want to be informed about, whether the threat level is critical (high), warning (medium) or informational (low). And you can check boxes if you want to receive the alerts by email or text (sms), in addition to being able to view them on your Crisis24 dashboard. If you don’t select either of these boxes, the alerts will simply be available on your dashboard.
Finally don’t forget to name your watchlist:
Create multiple watchlists
Don’t stop there. Maybe you want to create a couple of more general lists, focusing on many countries or an entire region for which news alerts will show up in your dashboard. Perhaps you also want to create a couple of lists to follow critical security issues in specific countries you plan on visiting in the next few months or year. This way, you can stay abreast of natural disasters or political developments, and plan your trip accordingly.
After you’ve created your watchlists (you can create as many as you like), your dashboard will be tailored to reflect the travel safety information you want to see.
Here’s an example of a customized dashboard:
Now that we’ve covered alerts in Part 1 of this series, and setting up watchlists in Part 2 above, the third and final part of our Crisis24 introductory series will look at country reports. A key part of the Crisis24 portal, these comprehensive reports are integral for any type of travel, be it business or pleasure.