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Emergency Updates

Regardless of destination, all Drexel travelers should be attentive of their surroundings, keep themselves well-informed about news and events, communicate regularly with their families and ensure that they have emergency phone numbers and a charged phone with them at all times.  If travelers are not registered in STEP, they should do so immediately.

For more information, please contact Daniela Ascarelli, Assistant Vice Provost and Director of Study Abroad or Marcia Henisz, Director of International Health, Safety and Security.

    • Earthquake in Costa Rica

      November 13, 2017

      Last night a 6.5 earthquake occurred along the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. Tremors were felt in San Jose, but no damage was reported in the capitol. Drexel travelers in San Jose have reported in safe. Business and schools were open as usual. 


    • STORM OPHELIA IN IRELAND, UK

      October 16, 2017

      The Office of International Programs has been following carefully the path of Storm Ophelia, a major storm with heavy winds and rains that made landfall in Ireland in the morning and has continued to move across Ireland and into the UK throughout the day. Schools and businesses were closed on Monday in Ireland. Drexel travelers in the region have been advised to follow guidance from local authorities.


    • Update: Tube Explosion in London

      September 15, 2017

      The Office of International Programs is monitoring closely the news of an explosion in the London suburban Tube station of Parsons Green. Reports indicate that there are 22 injuries, but no reported deaths, and the explosion has been determined to be terror-related. Drexel has reached out to all known international travelers in London with all travelers reporting in as safe. The UK government has raised its threat warning from substantial to critical.


    • Update: Hurricane Irma

      September 07, 2017

      The Office of International Programs is tracking Hurricane Irma and does not have any international travelers in the path of the storm.


    • Update: Tensions with North Korea

      September 03, 2017

      The Office of International Programs is following closely news about rising tensions between the US and North Korea to assess safety and security risks for Drexel travelers in the region.


    • Update: Travel Alert for Europe

      September 01, 2017

      The US Department of State has re-issued a Travel Alert for Europe following upon the expiration of the previous alert dated 05/01/2017. The alert reminds travelers of the ongoing threat of terrorist attacks throughout Europe. Drexel travelers should read the alert and register their travel in STEP.


    • Update on Incidents in London, Paris and Brussels

      June 20, 2017

      The Office of International Programs is following carefully news related to the two vehicular attacks that occurred in London at the Finsbury Park Mosque and in Paris on the Champs-Elysees as well as an incident in Brussels Central Station. Local police reaction in all three cities was swift and effective. Drexel travelers in these cities were not directly impacted by the events. However, these troubling events are a reminder to all Drexel travelers that acts of violence can occur indiscriminately and travelers should exercise caution, register in STEP and follow advice of host institutions and local partners.


    • Update on London Incidents

      June 04, 2017

      Yesterday's events in London involving a van hitting pedestrians on the London Bridge and the stabbing of several people in Borough Market have been identified as a terrorist attack. Seven people were killed and over 50 people were injured. The well being of all known Drexel travelers in London has been confirmed and travelers have been reminded of resources available and safety and security precautions.


    • Updates on Incidents in London

      June 03, 2017

      The Office of International Programs is carefully monitoring news of three incidents this evening in London: one on London Bridge; one at Vauxhall and one at Borough Market. At least one fatality has been reported. It is unclear if the incidents are related. Drexel is currently conducting welfare checks with all known travelers in London.


    • UPDATE: UK THREAT ALERT LOWERED

      May 27, 2017

      The UK government has lowered its threat alert from critical to substantial following investigations after the Manchester attack on Monday. Regardless of the threat alert, Drexel travelers should maintain a high level of awareness regarding their safety and security.


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