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7.1 Magnitude Earthquake in Chile

IFSA-Butler is monitoring a 7.1 magnitude earthquake that occurred this evening, approximately 22 miles west of Valparaíso, Chile in the Pacific Ocean. The earthquake and subsequent aftershocks have been felt in Valparaíso and in Santiago. At this time, no structural damage has been reported. A tsunami warning was issued initially, but it was cancelled shortly thereafter.

All IFSA-Butler students in Valparaíso are accounted for and safe, and we are currently verifying the safety of all Santiago students. Our staff in Valparaíso and Santiago will continue to check in on students in the next days, as aftershocks may continue to occur.

We take safety and security seriously. During the mandatory orientation at the beginning of the program, IFSA-Butler resident staff spoke extensively about earthquake safety and what to do should one occur. Additionally, all students were given an emergency phone number to contact resident staff in Chile with any concerns or emergencies.

For more information, please see the following media outlets:

 
Police Shooting in Paris

Thursday, April 20, 2017

A police officer has been killed and two others shot in Paris. IFSA-Butler does not operate programs in France but is reviewing student travel notes to determine if any students are currently visiting Paris for personal reasons. We will continue to make updates as we ensure that all students in Europe are safe and accounted for.

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Cyclone Hook in New Zealand

New Zealand is experiencing intense rain, heavy winds and localized flooding as a result of Cyclone Cook, which is now categorized as a tropical storm. The system made landfall in the Bay of Plenty on Thursday evening, April 13, about 140 miles southeast of Auckland and is expected to move to the South Island early Friday local time.

Our resident staff in New Zealand have notified students of the severe weather and reminded them of safety precautions and available resources. Students may experience temporary power outages or loss of telecommunication service due to wind and rain.

With the mid-term break approaching for most programs, our staff have also encouraged students to reevaluate any travel plans and provided safety tips and resources. Students have an emergency number that they can call 24/7 in order to reach a resident staff member in New Zealand.

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

 
Truck Attack in Stockholm

Friday, April 7, 2017

Around 3:00 p.m. local time, an individual drove a stolen truck into a crowd of people in the Drottninggatan area of Stockholm, Sweden, killing at least three people. One suspect is in custody. Swedish law enforcement are requesting that citizens avoid the downtown area, and the metro has been suspended as well. Shots have also reportedly been fired in another part of the city but it is unclear whether the two incidents are connected.

At this time, IFSA-Butler has no known travelers to Stockholm. Our resident staff have sent messaging to students reviewing safety information. As no students have indicated that they are currently traveling in Sweden, we will not be launching a full scale search at this time.

Please feel free to reach out to our Health & Safety team with any questions or concerns. If you would like more information about these events, please see the following media outlets:

 
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:

 
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