This section is for periodic updates of world events – natural disasters, political situations, disease outbreaks – that are currently affecting or could affect our programming locations and the participants that are or will be onsite.
CISabroad is monitoring the progress of Hurricane Olivia as it approaches Hawaii and potentially makes landfall within the next day or two. Students are on-site for the Fall 2018 semester and in touch with our onsite staff as we work with our housing provider and university partner to make preparations and plans for the potential landfall of Hurricane Olivia.
CISabroad is monitoring the progress of Hurricane Lane as it approaches Hawaii. Students are on-site for the Fall 2018 semester. We are working closely with our on-site staff and our housing providers to provide information to our students as the hurricane develops.
Earlier this morning a bridge collapsed in Genoa, located in the north of Italy and there were multiple fatalities. CISabroad currently has no students studying or interning in Italy, but we have established that all of our local staff are safe. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families.
All students on CISabroad’s Athens, Greece program are reported safe as wildfires are raging in and near the city. We will continue to monitor the situation and update as needed. Our thoughts are with the victims and their families.
There was a 6.1 magnitude earthquake in Japan today. It hit the Kansai region (Osaka, Kyoto, Kobe) and over 300 people were injured and at least 3 people were killed. Every member of the CISabroad community in Japan is safe and accounted for.
CISabroad confirmed the safety of all participants in Paris immediately after the knife attack that occurred over the weekend. All participants are safe, although we are continuing to monitor and review the situation.
The CISabroad Risk Management Team is aware of the vehicle striking civilians incident that occurred in Muenster, Germany earlier today. We are monitoring the situation and checking in with our students in Germany to confirm their well-being.
CISabroad is aware of the unfolding hostage situation in Trebes, France. We are monitoring the situation carefully and working with onsite staff to make sure our students know to avoid this region of France and to ensure their well-being.
Our thoughts and best wishes go out to the victims and their families.
In the news recently are reports that the Western Cape of South Africa is experiencing a severe drought due to poor rainfall during the 2016 and 2017 winter seasons. Over the past two years, CISabroad has been closely monitoring this situation with our overseas partners and onsite staff. We recognize the severity of the situation and are committed to ensuring that our students have access to clean drinking water and that they understand the situation through the additional resources and mandated conservation measures outlined below.
Due to the low dam and reservoir levels, the city of Cape Town and surrounding areas have implemented strict water restrictions. As of February 1st, each person is required to use no more than 50 litres (approximately 13 gallons) per person per day in total. Through these diligent water conservation practices and the government’s efforts to improve management of the declining dam levels, as of March 7th the Western Cape announced that Day Zero (the hypothetical day in which South Africans will need to queue for water at approximately 200 sites across the peninsula) has been pushed back to 2019! For more information about water restrictions and frequent updates regarding the water shortage, please see the government’s websites here:
As students prepare for their study abroad programs in South Africa, we find it important that everyone be aware of the water shortage and that we do our best to use as little water as possible during time onsite. This includes being conscious of water use while taking showers, washing dishing, doing laundry, and much more. We also advise that students purchase bottled water for drinking and brushing their teeth. Students will have the opportunity to do this during the initial onsite orientation.
While we recognize that saving water has been a key component of understanding life in South Africa for over two years, we also recognize that students may have some concerns regarding the water levels during your time abroad. At this time, CISabroad would like to assure everyone that we are working closely with our overseas partners and onsite staff to monitor the situation. We are keeping watch on the US Department of State’s Travel Advisories for South Africa. Additionally, experts at Stellenbosch University have implemented campus-wide water awareness and water saving measures and are working towards reducing the university’s water footprint. You can read more about the water saving initiatives and Drought Response Plan at Stellenbosch University here: https://www.sun.ac.za/english/water-crisis