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 May 13, 2008
International SOS Responds To Sichuan Earthquake

 International SOS, a leading provider of assistance services, has activated its medical and logistics resources in Beijing, Hong Kong and Singapore, to assist the families and victims of earthquake in Sichuan Province. International SOS will be supporting the Beijing Red Cross Society in their rescue efforts. A senior International SOS medical doctor will accompany the Beijing Red Cross Society to Deyang, which is 200 km from the epicentre of the earthquake.

Upon notification of the disaster, International SOS convened a regional crisis management team and a team of medical and logistics experts in Beijing are on standby to be despatched to Sichuan. The crisis management team is conducting advance contingency planning to prepare for individual and mass medical and security evacuations.

At this very difficult time, we send our condolences to the victims and their families affected by the disaster. International SOS will do all we can to provide assistance to our clients, members and victims.

International SOS Travel Advice

In addition, we are updating clients with travel advice regularly to assist them with preparing and responding to the crisis.

There is a high likelihood of continued disruptions to power supplies, communications and transport services in Sichuan in the coming days. International SOS would like to advise members to avoid the earthquake-affected region until the situation becomes clearer. Aftershocks are likely.

Members are advised to check the International SOS website and local media regularly for the latest information regarding the earthquake and travel disruptions. Members are also recommended to reconfirm all relevant travel arrangements and access to transport services.

International SOS members who require assistance should contact the International SOS 24-hour Beijing Alarm Centre on +86 10 6462 9100.