Recently, U.S. State Department and The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) alerted people to the South Pacific Tropical Cyclone Season, which begins November 1, 2016, and ends April 30, 2017. Travelers and expatriates living in South Pacific countries should consider the potential dangers and be prepared for any weather emergencies. In this article, we will discuss the dangers of the South Pacific Tropical Cyclone season, and will provide advice for expats residing in cyclone-prone regions.

What is a Cyclone?

A tropical cyclone is characterized by heavy rains, strong winds, and thunderstorms. During cyclone seasons, regions affected may experience local infrastructure damage, such as electricity outage, flights cancellations and more. This will follow by a series of adverse events, including shortages of accommodations, medical supplies, food, and water.

How Can Expats Prepare?

  • Always stay aware of any weather conditions in your destination by radio, TV or other sources of information
  • Statistics showed that minor tropical cyclones can quickly develop into dangerous storms. Follow local safety instructions for evacuations
  • Visit our blog post What is Your Plan for Medical Emergencies While Residing Overseas? for medical emergency evacuations information
  • Always carry your hotel and your country’s Embassy or Consulate’s phone number wherever you go. Register with your consulate if possible
  • Store some fresh water and bring purification tablets
  • Keep a medical kit in a watertight container
  • Keep your car fuel tank full
  • Prepare your expat residence to weather the storm
  • Remain indoors if there is a storm & evacuate the area if the authorities recommend leaving
  • Bring a survival & disaster kit if you are residing in a cyclone prone area. Be prepared to be on your own for several days till help arrives

Global Health Insurance Considerations for Expats 

A cyclone or other weather event can cause significant damage and injuries to locals, visitors, and long-term expatriates. They can also damage water supplies, increase insect diseases and water born sickness, so your healthcare plan will be critical. Medical emergency evacuation is vital if you become sick or injured after a cyclone event where local hospitals might not be able to address your medical needs. The cost of ambulances, helicopters, travel medical care, and planes can be incredibly high if you do not have an adequate medical evacuation plan, especially in a natural disaster.

Expat Financial offers several different international health insurance plans for expatriates across most parts of the globe. If you have questions about our international medical insurance plans or you want to discuss your needs and produce a customized quote, please contact us or complete the quote form.

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