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Attacks in Nice, France

July 15, 2016

IFSA-Butler is monitoring events in Nice, France following the possible terrorist attack that took place on July 14, 2016. More than 80 people were killed after a truck drove into a crowd of people celebrating Bastille Day. Police shot and killed the driver, and police have confirmed there is not a hostage situation. People were Nice are advised to shelter in place.  

IFSA-Butler does not have programs in France. However, we are reaching out to all United Kingdom and Ireland summer students who are currently studying abroad on one of our programs. Since this attack happened on a Thursday evening, we are anticipating that a very small number of students may be travelling in France. We anticipate that it may take several hours to make contact with the majority of students to confirm their safety.  

We take student safety and security very seriously. A dedicated team of individuals regularly monitors the reports mentioned above, assesses current security conditions in all IFSA-Butler program locations and surrounding areas, as well as responds to emergencies and critical incidents that may happen during the course of a program. Additionally, the program orientation includes several discussions on safety and security. Our students can contact our resident staff at any time at an emergency number given to them during the orientation.  

We will continue to monitor this situation and provide any relevant updates. 

Please contact Eryn Espín-Kudzinski, Director of Health, Safety and Security with any questions or concerns.

More information on this incident can be found here:  
BBC News
New York Times

 
Bomb at Shanghai Airport

June 14, 2016

On June 12, an individual detonated a homemade explosive device at a baggage counter at Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport before pulling out a knife and attempting to commit suicide. Four bystanders were injured and the event caused delays to a small number of flights. Early indications suggest that the incident is related to individual mental health issues, and there does not appear to be a broader political or terrorism motives.  

The Alliance for Global Education summer program in Shanghai begins on June 15. Our resident director in Shanghai has confirmed that two spring students awaiting the start of the summer program have been located and are accounted for as of this morning.  

The Alliance for Global Education takes student safety and security very seriously. A dedicated team of individuals regularly monitors news reports, assesses current security conditions in all Alliance and IFSA-Butler program locations and surrounding areas, as well as responds to emergencies and critical incidents that may happen during the course of a program. Additionally, the program orientation includes several discussions on safety and security. Our students can contact our resident director in Shanghai 24/7 at an emergency number given to them during the orientation.  

We will continue to monitor this situation and provide any relevant updates. More information can be found here:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-36511028
http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/12/asia/shanghai-airport-explosion/
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/14/world/asia/shanghai-airport-explosion-debt.html?_r=0

Please contact Eryn Espín-Kudzinski, Director of Health, Safety and Security with any questions or concerns.

 
Shooting in Tel Aviv

Thursday, June 9, 2016
IFSA-Butler has verified that all Israel students are safe and accounted for following a shooting in Tel Aviv. IFSA-Butler's program is based in Jerusalem, so no students were in Tel Aviv at the time.

On Wednesday evening local time, two gunmen opened fire on a trendy food market across the street from Israel's defense headquarters. Four people were killed and at least nine were injured in the shooting.

For more information:

 
Volcanic Erpution in Costa Rica

Saturday, May 21
11 a.m. EST

The Turrialba volcano in Costa Rica, located 30 miles west of the capital city of San Jose, has erupted. The volcano is not expected to interrupt IFSA-Butler students' classes or daily lives, but we are advising those with allergies or breathing problems to wear masks when outdoors due to ash in the air.

For more information:

 
6.8 Earthquake in Ecuador

May 18, 2016
3:30 p.m. EST

A 6.8 magnitude earthquake has struck near Esmeraldas, Ecuador, located along the northern coast of the country and approximately 200 miles northwest of our program location in the capital city Quito. IFSA-Butler's spring semester in Ecuador ended in early May, so our students have not been affected by this earthquake.

IFSA-Butler is happy to answer questions about this situation. Feel free to call our office at 800-858-0229.

For additional information, please see the following news reports:

 
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