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Barcelona Attacks

Thursday, August 17, 2017

At least 13 people have been killed and dozens have been injured in a van attack in Barcelona. Authorities have closed public transportation to Las Ramblas, a popular tourist section of Barcelona where the attack took place, and asked the public to avoid the area.

IFSA-Butler's Engage Barcelona program does not begin until early September. In addition, our summer programs have ended and only one fall semester program has begun, so we are confident that we have no students visiting Barcelona at this time. We will be sure to discuss this situation with our incoming Barcelona fall students and to address any concerns about safety before departure and once they arrive.

For more information, please see the following news outlets:

Tropical Storm Warning in Mexico

The Government of Mexico has issued a Tropical Storm Warning due to Tropical Storm Franklin. The storm is expected to strengthen and move to the Yucatán peninsula this evening, Monday, August 7. Franklin may produce total rainfall of three to six inches, with isolated amounts of around 12 inches through Wednesday, and winds are predicted to reach a maximum of 35 mph.

Fall semester students are scheduled to arrive in Mexico on Wednesday, so we have been communicating with students and their parents about the storm status and what to do in the event of flight delays or cancellations. Our resident staff in Mexico will work to help students catch up with orientation information if they miss any part of the meetings due to flight delays.

We will continue to closely monitor Tropical Storm Franklin and provide our students, parents and advisors relevant updates as needed.

Flooding in Dunedin

July 21, 2017

A state of emergency has been declared in Dunedin due to severe weather. Heavy winds and rains have caused flooding in the region, and the rain is expected to continue throughout the night. All IFSA-Butler students have reported being safe, and The University of Otago campus and surrounding area in North Dunedin are not at risk of flooding at this time.     

IFSA-Butler resident staff spend considerable time talking about safety and security with students during the mandatory orientation at the beginning of the program, as well as throughout the semester.  Students are given an emergency phone number for our staff and our  assistance provider in the event of a true emergency.

We will continue to closely monitor security events in Dunedin and provide relevant updates as needed.      

For more information, please see the following media outlets: 

Mosque Attack in London

Monday, June 19, 2017

A vehicular attack outside a mosque in Finsbury Park, London, killed one person and injured several others shortly after midnight local time today. The attack happened on Seven Sisters Road, a 35-minute drive northeast from our London office.

IFSA-Butler has several spring semester students who are still in London, as well as some summer program students who arrived over the weekend. We have communicated with these students, and none was affected by this incident.

IFSA-Butler resident staff address issues of safety and security during the mandatory program orientation and throughout the program term. We encourage students to remain vigilant and aware of their surroundings at all times. Students are also given a 24/7 emergency number that they can call to reach a London resident staff member in the event of an emergency.

Fire in Grenfell Tower, London

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

A strong fire at Grenfell Tower in London killed at least six people, injured many others and caused extensive damage. IFSA-Butler has only a few students remaining in London, and our students do not live in or near Grenfell Towers, so we do not anticipate that any of our students were directly involved in this tragic situation.

For more information about this incident, please see the following media outlets:

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