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Parliament Attack in London

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Almost all IFSA-Butler students have been marked as safe following yesterday's incident in London near Parliament. Our resident staff in England are confident that the remaining students who have yet to return our communications are safe and most likely traveling. Additionally, no news reports have indicated that anyone matching the demographics of our students has been affected.

British authorities have assured the public that the incident is now under control, and they are reminding everyone in the London area to exercise caution while going about their daily lives in light of yesterday's events. Our London staff have instructed students to follow the safety procedures covered during our orientation, including avoiding affected areas (specifically the immediate area of Parliament and Westminster in this case) and following the advice of local authorities and reputable media outlets in the event of any future activity of this nature. Our staff have made themselves available should students have any concerns or questions.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

IFSA-Butler has verified the safety of most students studying in or visiting London following shots fired outside the Houses of Parliament and the Palace of Westminster.

Upon learning about today's incident, IFSA-Butler resident staff immediately began contacting students studying in London, as well as students studying in other locations who were known to be visiting London at the time. We have accounted for the majority of our students and are continuing to ask students, parents and home campuses to check in with IFSA-Butler to report their whereabouts.

IFSA-Butler resident staff spent considerable time talking about safety and security with students during the orientation, and they continue to do so throughout the semester. Resident Director Lynne Alvarez and her support team regularly check in with students and provide timely information and support.

In the event that any student has been negatively affected and/or needs emergency services as a result of this situation, IFSA-Butler's Health and Safety team will contact the parents and home campus of the student.

For more information about these events, please see the following media outlets:

 
Severe Flooding in Lima

March 17, 2017

Northern Lima, Peru is currently experiencing severe floods. Heavy rains for the past few days have caused flooding and mudslides along the Peruvian coast. Areas in the north of Lima as well as along the waterfront have been affected, although IFSA student program housing, the majority of which is in the Miraflores neighborhood south of the city, has not been affected. Our resident director in Lima, Laura Balbuena, has advised students and host families of this and prepared them accordingly. We will closely monitor the flooding in Peru and adjust any future programming events if necessary.

We spend considerable time talking about safety and security with students during the mandatory program orientation as well as throughout the semester. At this time, the IFSA-Butler program in Lima will continue as planned. All homestay locations are in areas unaffected by the floods, and homestay families have emergency kits on hand should the situation escalate.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns. For more information, we reccomend the following:

 
Severe Flooding in Santiago

February 27, 2017

Heavy rains and severe flooding in Santiago, Chile, have resulted in landslides and a disruption in the municipal water supply. Our Santiago resident director, Isabel Yevenes, has been in contact with IFSA-Butler students and their host families to verify their safety and to emphasize precautions with regard to the flooding and obtaining safe drinking water.

Santiago authorities cut the city's water supply on Saturday over concerns about contamination. IFSA-Butler requires host families to maintain emergency kits, including bottled water, in their homes as a precaution for situations such as this. In addition, there are numerous points of bottled water distribution around Santiago.

IFSA-Butler Santiago students arrived in Chile for orientation last week, and classes are scheduled  to begin at our affiliated Santiago universities this week and next week. Chilean authorities are urging schools and universities to delay the start of the semester, so IFSA-Butler will continue to proceed with orientation and update students on any class schedule changes.

For more information, we recommend the following:

 

 
Wildfires in Christchurch

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Wildfires have broken out in Christchurch, New Zealand, causing extensive property damage and requiring evacuation of some citizens. A state of civil emergency has been declared due to the rapid spread of the wildfires, but IFSA-Butler students are not in any danger at this time due to their location within the city. Our resident office has contacted every student to verify their well-being and to provide safety information. Students are continuing to participate in pre-semester campus activities and IFSA-Butler events as scheduled.

For more information, we recommend the following resources:

 
Truck Attack in Berlin

December 20, 2016

IFSA-Butler is working to contact all students currently studying on our programs in the U.K. and Ireland to ensure that they were not in Berlin during yesterday's truck attack at a Christmas market. The majority of programs have already finished for the semester, and the few remaining students are taking exams and turning in final coursework this week. We will provide any updates as we have them.

 
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