TS Update-(O.S.A.C. Tunis)

Greetings Expats,

On Tuesday, June 17th, security professionals met at the American Cooperative School of Tunis as part of our commitment to networking & sharing practical security information.

At our meeting we signed the official OSAC charter and had various speakers discussed important issues such as Risk Management and Security Support.

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OSAC Tunis Meeting

Security Outlook

Security professionals remain cautiously optimistic about the security situation in Tunisia.  With elections planned throughout the Fall and the ongoing challenges in Libya; we remain committed to empowering the expat community with practical security information.  

Feel free to contact us if you would like to learn more about OSAC Tunis or attend our next meeting in September.

TS Update-(O.S.A.C. Tunis)

Greetings Expats,

On Tuesday, June 17th, security professionals met at the American Cooperative School of Tunis as part of our commitment to networking & sharing practical security information.

At our meeting we signed the official OSAC charter and had various speakers discussed important issues such as Risk Management and Security Support.

osac3
OSAC Tunis Meeting

Security Outlook

Security professionals remain cautiously optimistic about the security situation in Tunisia.  With elections planned throughout the Fall and the ongoing challenges in Libya; we remain committed to empowering the expat community with practical security information.  

Feel free to contact us if you would like to learn more about OSAC Tunis or attend our next meeting in September.

TS Update-(Fire Awareness)

Greetings Expats,

Several “suspicious” fires have recently taken place throughout Tunis.  Last night, for example  a fire broke out in a wheat field in the region of Bouhajla, Kairouan Governorate and 3 hectares of wheat were consumed by the fire. 

The string of “fires” are strange and there are many theories flying around as to their “real” causes, but as expats what’s important is that we make practical adjustments.  We have noticed Tunisian security forces increasing their level of alertness and this could indicate that they are taking these incidents seriously.

Additionally, it’s important to note that Tunisian National Guard units arrested 14 members of a cell linked to Ansar al-Sharia on Tuesday, June 3rd.  According to the interior ministry, the group “planned to launch attacks on vital interest in the country.”

 

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Picture From Tunisie Numerique Article 

 

Expat Residential Fire Safety

Obtaining a fire extinguisher in Tunisia is inexpensive and easy.  The best one to get for home use is the ABC model. Obviously, the best place to keep one is in the kitchen and they are pretty easy to use.  

Expat Reminder:  Fire Department (pompiers): Dial 198

Fires aside, it would be a shame if we didn’t highlight the positive vote of confidence that King Mohammed VI  gave Tunisia during his visit by simply walking around town with “limited security”.

 I guess the message is:  “If it’s safe enough for a King…”

 

TS Update-(Fire Awareness)

Greetings Expats,

Several “suspicious” fires have recently taken place throughout Tunis.  Last night, for example  a fire broke out in a wheat field in the region of Bouhajla, Kairouan Governorate and 3 hectares of wheat were consumed by the fire. 

The string of “fires” are strange and there are many theories flying around as to their “real” causes, but as expats what’s important is that we make practical adjustments.  We have noticed Tunisian security forces increasing their level of alertness and this could indicate that they are taking these incidents seriously.

Additionally, it’s important to note that Tunisian National Guard units arrested 14 members of a cell linked to Ansar al-Sharia on Tuesday, June 3rd.  According to the interior ministry, the group “planned to launch attacks on vital interest in the country.”

 

tunisfire1
Picture From Tunisie Numerique Article 

 

Expat Residential Fire Safety

Obtaining a fire extinguisher in Tunisia is inexpensive and easy.  The best one to get for home use is the ABC model. Obviously, the best place to keep one is in the kitchen and they are pretty easy to use.  

Expat Reminder:  Fire Department (pompiers): Dial 198

Fires aside, it would be a shame if we didn’t highlight the positive vote of confidence that King Mohammed VI  gave Tunisia during his visit by simply walking around town with “limited security”.

 I guess the message is:  “If it’s safe enough for a King…”

 

TS Update-(A tale of 2 security situations)

Greetings Expats,

A simple google news search is enough to see the stark contrast between the security situation in Libya vs. what’s happening here in Tunisia.  Unlike Libya, we’ve been fortunate in terms of general safety & security issues.  Still, Tunisian security officials remain very concerned over the situation in Libya.  

Here’s a video of a recent car jacking in Libya:

As expats, it’s easy for us to ignore regional challenges  and become complainant with our immediate environment.  The situation in Libya has and will continue to impact Tunisia.  

Top Headline for Tunisia

United States Signs $500 Million Loan Guarantee Agreement with Tunisia

vs.

Top Headline for Libya 

Analysis: Libya closer to full civil war

 

The UK’s foreign travel maps are another good example of the disparity.  If we use the red as an indicator of general safety & security; Tunisia is much safer. 


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The Spillover Effect 

Recently, Tunisian Minister of Foreign Affairs stated that the crisis in Libya is an “internal problem for Tunisia.”    I couldn’t agree more with him and we are already feeling the impact.  On the ground, more resources are being diverted towards the border in an effort to combat many threats spilling over from Libya.  

As expats it’s important the we connect with our community (both local & expat) and follow regional developments.  

Let’s keep sharing information and thank you for all your support.  

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