In Australia a man crashed a vehicle that was carrying gas canisters into a sidewalk, which caught on fire in Bourke Street in Melbourne’s city center. He then proceeded to stab nearby pedestrians, killing one man and injuring two others (none of whom are associated with IFSA). The man was ultimately shot by police officers and arrested, and it is reported that he died on the way to the hospital. Victoria authorities are treating this incident as a terrorist incident; however, they have stated that there is no further threat of terrorism at this time.
Melbourne is generally considered a safe city, and the Australian government takes matters of terrorism and security very seriously. Authorities were quick to respond to the incident, and they will continue to investigate.
What IFSA is doing
IFSA staff reached out to students to offer support and provide additional safety instructions immediately following the incident. IFSA’s local Student Services Coordinator in Melbourne, as well as our Australia Resident Director, are available to meet with students on an individual basis to talk through what happened and refer them to additional support services at the university and in the city if needed.
In the event of an emergency, IFSA’s Health and Safety team works with the resident staff in each host country to ensure students are accounted for and receive the proper support and care. Health and Safety constantly monitors international news and governmental reports in order to assess worldwide security conditions and respond quickly. On-site Resident Directors guide students through safety practices and consistently check in, providing any information and support needed. At the beginning of each program, students are given an emergency phone number to contact our resident staff and our emergency assistance provider 24/7.
IFSA adheres to the health, safety, security, and risk management guidelines and best practices in the field of international education as established by NAFSA and the Forum on Education Abroad. IFSA’s Health and Safety team consults regularly with governmental agencies, private sector resources, and safety and security professionals in the field of international education. This broad network allows us to remain well-informed and up to date on best practices.
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