Keep track of local news and security developments.
Be aware of your surroundings and stay alert to suspicious behaviour in public places. Keep a distance from demonstrations or any unrest.
When travelling with family or friends, decide on a rendezvous point, or how to reconnect, in case of a crisis.
If you know a local, perhaps a friend of a friend, establish contact before you travel and keep the contact information handy. Also have the map, address and telephone number of your hotel with you.
Outline an evacuation plan out of the destination if possible. Sometimes, an option is to drive to a different place, usually the nearest big city, to fly out of the country.
When terrorists strike
Return to your hotel by taxi if possible and avoid the chaos of public transportation.
Remain inside your hotel, where there is food and lines of communication are hopefully open, and do not venture into the streets. Stick to the curfew, if any.
Stay away from windows, especially if you are in a building near a terrorist attack, in case of snipers or shattering glass.
Follow the instructions of the local authorities.
Assemble a “flyaway kit” or small backpack with basics for an evacuation, from identification papers, money and credit cards to a change of clothes, water and medicine, if you need to leave in a rush.
The situation on the ground could be be very fluid. You may have to wait patiently for the local authorities to get the situation under control and deem it safe for you to leave.
A version of this article first appeared in The Straits Times