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The following alerts are based on ISA's direct observation, U.S. Department of State recommendations, Overseas Security Advisory Council, WHO reports, and expert consultation.

Dominican Republic

Santiago

Friday, August 28, 2015

As of 4:00pm on August 28th, a tropical storm warning remains in effect for the Dominican Republic as Tropical Storm Erika has reached the southern coast of the country and is forecast to move through the island of Hispaniola this evening. As it approached the southern coast of the island, its sustained winds were measured at 50 mph with rainfall accumulation of 3-6". However, the National Hurricane Center reports that the storm could weaken to a tropical depression as it continues through the mountains of the island.

The effect that Erika will have on Santiago, if any, remains unknown at this time, although the city itself does not seem to be in the direct path of storm. As a precaution, the Pontificia Universidad Católica "Madre y Maestra" (PUCMM) closed its campus for the afternoon and is expected to open for classes on Monday. The ISA staff in Santiago remains in communication with all students in Santiago and will advise them as necessary.

Friday, August 28, 2015

A Tropical Storm Warning is currently in effect for the Dominican Republic as heavy winds and rainfall are currently spreading across portions of the country. According to the U.S. National Hurricane Center, the heart of Tropical Storm Erika was approximately 65 miles from the Southern coast of the Dominican Republic as of 10:00 am CST this morning, continuing on its projected northwest track through the Caribbean. Winds were reported at 18 miles per hour (mph) with the potential for maximum sustained winds of 50 mph. Officials have warned residents in the country's coastal towns of the possibility of landslides and heavy flooding in anticipation of Erika's arrival today.

At this time, it is still uncertain what the storm's effect will be in Santiago, which is approximately 100 miles from the Dominican Republic's southern coast and is not currently experiencing strong winds or heavy floods. However, given Erika's projected track, all ISA students in Santiago have been advised to remain in the city until advised otherwise. ISA staff, both domestic and in Santiago, are closely monitoring the storm's developments and will continue to advise all students accordingly, including any further precautions to take.

Thailand

Bangkok

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

On Monday, August 17th, a bomb exploded around 7:00pm local time at the Erawan Shrine near a busy intersection in the central commercial district of Bangkok. Multiple media outlets report at least 20 people were killed and over 120 were injured. At the time of this posting, no motive or group behind the attack has been determined, however, local police officials and investigators have identified a main suspect through the use of CCTV footage. On Tuesday, August 18th, two more explosions occurred in central Bangkok, including a bombing near Bangkok's Sathorn Pier, a popular transportation hub in the city. No casualties have been reported from the second and third explosions and local officials are still determining whether a link exists between the three blasts.

There are currently no ISA programs running in Bangkok. At present, the U.S. State Department has not placed any restrictions on travel to Thailand, but has advised U.S. citizens in Bangkok to exercise a high level of vigilance, avoid the areas of the blasts, and observe local authorities' directives. ISA staff, both domestic and in Bangkok, are continuing to monitor the situation closely and will be evaluating Bangkok's security situation in light of the Fall 2015 program, which is scheduled to begin as planned on September 4th.

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For further information, please refer to ISA's Health and Safety section, particularly the information regarding the monitoring of world-wide security levels.