Conquering Evacuation Blues and Return to Post

#Evacuation from an overseas location for a humanitarian, #crisis, or health reason can be one of the most difficult experiences of your overseas life. To support evacuation #planning and #survival, we’ve pulled together this kit. We break it up into preparing for evacuation, managing uncertainty while evacuated, and returning/moving on. We would love to hear your stories and what worked for you.

Generally, communities are incredibly supportive of personnel who have to move in such a situation immediately after the crisis breaks – while you may not know what you need immediately and people stop asking after a few weeks – we believe that asking once you do know usually results in positive responses and support.

The best resource I found for individuals is on the U.S. State Department’s Family Liaison Office website. Some of those suggestions are included here, along with several other practical ones based on my experience and those who’ve also been through evacuations.


A. Have contact numbers and methods for family or friends who are not at post with

you. These should be in your “#gobag” to ensure that you can get support if needed.

B. Have cash and a credit card with a higher limit. Evacuations usually are expensive and there is rarely a way to directly charge your employer – having a means to cover costs and get reimbursed later can help manage this.