The following plan is designed to minimize risk while you are in Kenya and to increase your safety in order to maximize your enjoyment of your experience.
Professor Patrick Kelly
Director, Nairobi Study Abroad
Cell and Phone to be supplied later
1. Registration - All students will be registered with the United States Embassy in Nairobi. Professor Patrick Kelly will do this personally for you. He will provide the Embassy with a list of names and addresses and with emergency numbers. Please give him a copy of page one of your passport at orientation on June 24th, or mail a copy to Professor Kelly in advance of orientation.
2. Alerts/Announcements - Professor Kelly will be designated as a "Warden" by the Embassy and will receive emails on any alerts, announcements, etc. from the U.S. State Department. U.S. consular officials will have his telephone and cell numbers to reach him at any time.
3. Emergency Numbers - Professor Kelly will provide you with a list of local emergency numbers and his telephone and cell numbers. He will also keep with him at all times a list of students' cell phone and home phone numbers in the host country and the USA. He will provide each student with a card with his telephone and cell numbers and other appropriate emergency contact numbers.
4. Emergency Procedures - In the unlikely event that it is necessary, Professor Kelly will arrange for the pick-up and evacuation of students through a local travel agency.
5. Have Sufficient Funds - It is wise to make sure that you have sufficient funds or credit cards to pay for a range of emergency situations, including quick evacuation from the country. This is wise in any country.
6. Special Precautions - If there is an incident or emergency that may have implications for us, Professor Kelly will call the American consulate and ask them for advice on any special precautions that are necessary at this time.
7. General Precautions - As a general matter, whenever you are abroad, take the following precautions:
- Avoid congregating at American hangouts such as bars, restaurants, clubs, stores, etc., that might be targets for terrorists. Note in Kenya there are virtually none. There is a Hardrock Café in Mombasa, but few Americans are normally found there.
- While Americans are generally liked in Kenya, given the war, it is wise not to speak loudly about the USA, particularly about the war.
- It is wise to not dress in ways that identify you as Americans (e.g. baseball caps on backwards, American College sweat shirts.)
- Exercise care on how much information that you give to strangers about yourself and our program (activities, excursions) and its locations.
- Be discreet and avoid any personal opinions on political or religious issues.
- Inform Professor Kelly of any travel plans outside of Nairobi: where you are going, means of transportation, where you can be reached (address, phone number), when you will return.
- In the event of a crisis, contact Professor Kelly.
- Keep abreast of local news through TV, radio, and newspapers.
- Stay in touch with your families so that they know that you are safe and where to reach you in case of an emergency.