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.
We were all very saddened by the terrible incident that took place on the evening of May 22, in Manchester, England.
Events of this kind are rare; the UK has not seen a terrorist incident of this magnitude since 2005. Following the raised threat level, security services are on high alert across the UK and have put in place additional special measures to protect the country against future attacks.
After communicating with all on-site partners in London, CISabroad continues to operate its programming as normal. We have a robust Emergency Response and Risk Management plan in place; trained, experienced and dedicated CISabroad onsite staff in London; and all participants receive an in-depth on-site orientation upon arrival. This orientation provides a detailed emergency plan, including important emergency phone numbers, meeting points, and other resources that will aid participants in keeping themselves safe.
We stand in solidarity with our British partners against terrorism and acts of senseless violence. We believe that incidents like these highlight the continued importance of traveling abroad and working toward a more informed and accepting world.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the CISabroad team at 413-582-0407 or email email@example.com. Remember that our commitment to health and safety is paramount.
The CISabroad Risk Management Team
We are closely monitoring the development of a suspected terrorist attack that happened in Manchester, England this evening at approximately 10:35 pm local time.
Police have confirmed 19 fatalities and several injured at the Manchester Arena, where one of more explosions occurred at the conclusion of a concert by the singer Ariana Grande.
The public has been ordered to leave the area, and Victoria Station has been evacuated. For more information, click here.
We have no programs in Manchester, but are in communications with onsite staff in London to ensure that no one had traveled to attend the concert, and to ensure everyone’s general emotional well-being.
Our thoughts are with the victims of this incident and their families.
We will update this page as more information becomes available.
Bangkok, Thailand: On Monday May 22 local time, a bomb exploded at Phramongkutklao Hospital, a military hospital in the capital of Bangkok. There were no fatalities, but 24 people were injured. All onsite program participants have been reported safe by our onsite staff who continues to monitor their emotional health and overall well-being. More information on the bombing can be found here.
Our thoughts are with those affected and the people of the Kingdom of Thailand.
After considering an expansion of the ban on in-flight electronics, the US Department of Homeland Security and the European counterparts have decided against an expansion of the ban. More information here.
We have been made aware of, and are carefully monitoring the consideration by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and their European counterparts to broaden the existing ban on in-flight electronics to the US from ten airports in the Middle East and North Africa, to also include trans-Atlantic flights; and the implications of such a ban.
More information on the proposed new ban can be found here.
We will update this page as new information becomes available.
On May 1st the US State Department issued a travel alert for Europe.
The alert is in response to recent attacks in Europe, and in anticipation of similar events over the coming year. It is unfortunate that attacks like we recently witnessed in London and Stockholm have become anticipated.
Nevertheless, every time that there is any sort of global terror event we test the CISabroad crisis and emergency response protocol to ensure that we are in the best possible position to respond adequately and efficiently.
CISabroad is more prepared than ever to meet the needs of our students and their families, and to meet the needs of our university partners, though we sincerely hope that no call to action comes.
CISabroad remains steadfast in our devotion to our mission, and we assert that now is the time to study abroad. Greater global understanding has never been so necessary.
– Joe Debiec CISabroad Vice President of Program Operations May 2, 2017
We have been informed by our onsite staff that the safety situation in Paris is normal this morning, and that our program participants both in Paris and Aix en Provence are doing well. We will continue to monitor their behavior and remind them of the mental health resources available to them, as well as to exercise caution and safety as they go about their day and when traveling independently.
There are reports of a shooting having taken place in central Paris at approximately 9:00 pm local time. A security officer and one of the assailants have been confirmed dead; another security officer is reported injured.
Road blocks have been erected, and three metro stations have been closed. Although no civilians have been reported injured, our onsite staff is reaching out to our onsite participants in France to ensure no one was in the vicinity of the incident.
At this time, our onsite staff in London have confirmed the safety of all onsite CISabroad participants. Our thoughts continue to be with all affected by this tragedy.
Earlier, on the grounds of the UK Parliament in London, England a person rammed their car into crowds of people before stabbling a police officer. At least three people are dead and 20 injured. We are actively confirming the safety of all CISabroad students studying with us throughout Europe. Our onsite staff will also check-in on the emotional wellness of all our participants to ensure they have the necessary support. Our thoughts go out to all those affected by this tragedy.