Securewest | News
30 Sep 2019

How Extreme Weather Affects Travel

A third of SPHERE Global Alerts in September 2018 were concerning natural disasters or severe bad weather.


Extreme weather is becoming more common place the world over, with the pace of climate change appearing to increase. In turn, the impact this extreme weather is having on travel seems to have worsened, and in turn has become a risk which should not be underestimated. With every possible weather condition for each region having to be assessed prior to departure and, if possible, monitored while on location, it is becomingly increasingly difficult to manage the day to day mitigations without professional help. However, here at Securewest we monitor all risks to global travel and provide ongoing updates.


Extreme Weather:

  • Hurricanes, Typhoons, Storms
  • Flooding
  • Volcanic Ash
  • Earthquakes
  • Extreme Heat, Wildfires
  • Extreme Cold, Snowfall 

Affects on Travel:

  • Travellers become cautious/anxious towards travel
  • Communication breakdowns
  • Unpredictable journey time
  • Unknown costs, when options of travel are limited
  • Alternative travel options could be less reliable
  • Unknown conditions at destination cause confusion and anxiety
  • Curfews can be implemented in certain locations to stop looting
  • Insurance cover implications due to heightened risk
  • Increased risk of illness with water borne diseases
  • Personal safety compromised
  • Operational impacts due to missed meetings, deadlines and contracts
  • Supply chain issues, food, medicine, fuel etc.

Securewest top tips:

  1. Pre-trip training and awareness
  2. Be prepared
  3. Have an emergency / crisis plan
  4. Keep up to date with the latest regional news and weather forecasts
  5. Follow the advice of local authorities


Securewest Global Alerts keep you informed of any natural disasters and weather warnings in regions you are travelling to. If you would like to find out more information about these or our other services please contact the team on:


t. +44 (0)1548 856001 e.