Date: Mar 1, 2010
To: All U.Va. Students
From: Patricia M. Lampkin, Vice President and Chief Student Affairs Officer
Subject: Spring Break Safety, Including Haiti Travel Warning
TRAVEL TO HAITI STILL STRONGLY DISCOURAGED
Last week, the State Department issued the latest in a series of travel warnings for Haiti. All non-emergency government personnel have been ordered to leave, and citizens are being urged not to travel there. Conditions in Haiti remain dire. Food, water, housing, and transportation continue to be in short supply. The potential of additional aftershocks is very real. Poor sanitation and general destruction of the earthquake-struck area pose numerous health and safety risks. The State Department points out that while the desire of volunteers to help is well-intended and commendable, their presence right now only adds to the burden of an already difficult situation.
If you will be traveling abroad during Spring Break, be sure to familiarize yourself with the laws of the country or countries you will be visiting, especially with regard to alcohol usage. Also, make certain you take with you all necessary documents, such as your passport.
SAFETY IN GENERAL
Safety is part of personal responsibility, whether traveling across town or around the world. The following precautions are good to take at any time, but especially when visiting an unfamiliar area:
I hope each of you will enjoy a restful and most of all – safe – Spring Break.
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