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The aim of security briefing is to enable staff to understand the local situation sufficiently to live and work safely in it.
A security briefing should be given to all internationally-recruited staff before they travel to an insecure location. This briefing should be as thorough as possible, but usually can not be as detailed as a security briefing on the ground. It should be accompanied by at least basic written information, to remind them of points that they may not have taken in during face-to-face briefing.
On arrival, a further security briefing should be given which goes into greater detail and gives fully up-to-date information on the situation.
In addition to security training, nationally-recruited staff should receive a full security briefing before they start work.
In some circumstances it may be necessary to provide a security briefing to the family members of staff, either directly or through the staff member concerned.
A suggested checklist for security briefing is at Annex 27 of the ECHO Generic Security Guide for Humanitarian Organisations.
This is an extract, with minor adaptations, from the ECHO Generic Security Guide for Humanitarian Organisations, © Copyright the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Humanitarian Aid – ECHO. Available here as a free download online, in English, French, Spanish and Arabic.