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  • Saturday, August 19, 2017

The recent Chilean earthquake is just the latest natural disaster to grab the attention of international travelers. The 8.8-level earthquake has left over 700 victims dead and has cut off utility services to many Chileans. The threat of this type of disaster is a reality in pretty much any international locale you may consider traveling to. As such, you should always strongly consider travel insurance before departing.

Travel insurance policies will typically offer, either as standard elements or add-on benefits, travel assistance programs, which can help you communicate with friends and family in times of duress. This is extremely valuable because during natural disasters it can be very difficult to communicate through ordinary means, leaving those closest to you worried about what may have happened to you.

You may also be able to use your travel assistance features to find new flights and arrange other types of transportation if your original plans have been derailed because of a disaster. The ability to quickly, easily, and safely evacuate a country in crisis is something you quite honestly cannot put a price tag on.

While there is no way to prevent earthquakes, floods, tornadoes, and other natural disasters from occurring, you can take precautions to increase your chances of being able to let loved ones know you are ok, and of being able to get out of the affected area in a timely fashion. Travel assistance features within your travel insurance program can help make it easier to address these issues when disaster strikes.

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