Do you know about STEP? It stands for Smart Traveler Enrollment Program set up by the U.S. government to help you stay informed, stay connected and stay safe while you travel. In case of an emergency you can be clearly informed as to what you are supposed to do, how you are supposed to do it and since you are being given instructions by your government that may help you be calmer in case of emergency.
This is a free service for American citizens and an easy way to help you and your family be informed in case of any emergency. Because of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris I realized I had never posted about this service before so I hope you will register for this service before your next trip. There really is no reason not to! If you are not an American citizen, find out if your government has something similar for its citizens.