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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: 
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11893369
http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/335516/flooding-state-of-emergencies-declared-in-dunedin-timaru    

 
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:

 
New IFSA-Butler Cell Phone Policy

Students safety has always been a high priority for IFSA-Butler. In light of recent global incidents that have required our resident offices to verify the safety of hundreds of students, we are implementing a new cell phone policy that we believe will help ensure the safety and well-being of our students, as well as bring peace of mind to parents and advisors.

Effective summer 2017, all students on an IFSA-Butler or Alliance for Global Education program must bring with them, or intend to purchase upon arrival abroad, a cell phone that can exchange calls and texts with our resident office. This policy will help our staff worldwide to account for students, either individually or in large groups, in the event of an emergency.

Our staff will collect students' cell numbers at orientation and will notify the home campus study abroad office if we do not receive a working number from a student by the end of orientation.

IFSA-Butler may be able to assist with the purchase of a cell phone in the event of financial difficulty. We are happy to consider these requests on an individual basis.

 
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