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I am very sad about today’s news in Paris. This is why I always suggest my clients to register with the State Department when traveling outside of the United States.

Given today’s very sad news about the lives lost in Paris and those American travelers stuck for the moment in the city, I urge you to register your trip with the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).

http://step.state.gov/step/

PURPOSE: To notify U.S. citizens/nationals in the event of a disaster, emergency or other crisis, and for evacuation coordination, the information solicited on this form may be made available as a routine use to appropriate agencies whether federal, state, local, or foreign, to assist the Department in the evacuation or provision of emergency service to U.S. citizens, or for law enforcement purposes. The information is also made available to private U.S. citizens, known as wardens, designated by U.S. Embassies to assist in communicating with the U.S. Citizen community in an emergency.