This resource was compiled to help School of Earth, Energy & Environmental Sciences’ students, faculty, and staff prepare for travel and research abroad and in remote areas of the US. We want to make this list as comprehensive as possible, so if there is something you would like to see added please contact the SES Field Program Coordinator.
Before you travel, we highly encourage you to complete the online International and Remote Field Safety training module. You will learn about important issues to consider as you plan your trip and about the services available on campus and overseas to help you in case of an emergency.
If an emergency or dangerous incident occurs, contact your department manager or program director immediately. If you are a student, also contact your faculty advisor. If you cannot reach anyone or are unsure whom to contact, contact the SES Deans Office at 650-723-2544 or Tom Koos, Health and Safety Coordinator, at 650-736-1002.
Are you travelling internationally on Stanford business or conducting research in the US or abroad? Are you responsible for any students or junior colleagues traveling or working with you away from campus? Are you familiar with the resources available to help you prepare for your trip or research project?
Who has your travel itinerary and contact information? Have you planned ahead for any natural or social hazards you might face? Do you have emergency money in a safe place, like a $100 bill in your shoe?
Do you have emergency contact and important health information for everyone you are responsible for? Have you clearly outlined in writing what you expect of your students and research assistants? Have you made arrangements with local collaborators and proper authorities so your research goes smoothly?
Have you thought about allergies, infectious diseases, or poisonous plants or animals you might face? Do you have all the extra prescriptions, medications, or first aid materials you might need? Do you have information about the emergency medical or evacuation resources that are available to you?
Have you considered what would happen if your research equipment is confiscated in customs either in the US or abroad? Do you have the proper paperwork and approvals to take your research samples away from your research site and bring them back into the US?