I need to find a source for travel and security advisories for locations around the world. Our organisation is too small to employ a security advisor and I don't always trust the locals. What publicly available resources do you use to prepare for travel?
I work for a small NGO, and while we don't (usually) travel to insecure environments, we or our volunteers may find ourselves in countries where the situation is changing rapidly or there are some localised security concerns. We are involved in meetings in workshops in cities, not in rural areas. Our local contacts don't always know what's going on, or fail to adequately advise us because they'd rather save face than have us cancel the trip. Case in point: I was due to travel to Egypt
last year when the revolution broke out, and it took many days before it was decided to pull the trip. All the while, the locals were telling us we should still come.
I am looking for news sources, wire feeds, advisories and other resources (public) to help me assess the risk for myself and when sending volunteers to various countries. I have the ECHO Security Guide for the basics, I always carry insurance, I check the FCO travel advisory regularly, but what I'm really looking for is regularly updated news and advice on security issues.
As another example, I'm due to go to Lebanon next week, and I'm having a hard time working out whether or not to go based on current news and advice.