Safety Updates: July 2016

July 27

The University of Texas does not regulate personal travel/vacation, but we are committed to supporting knowledge and safety while traveling. The 2016 Summer Olympic and Paralympic games will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from August 5 – 21 and September 7 – 18, respectively. These events will bring over 10,000 athletes from 200 countries. These athletes will compete in over 300 events in 33 venues in four areas of the city (Barra da Tijua, Copacabana, Deodoro, and Maracana).  In addition to the athletes, the city is expecting 500,000 tourists, 45,000 volunteers, 25,000 media personnel… Read more

July 22

Sadly, there has been a shooting at a mall in the Olympia shopping center is Moosach district of Munich. Early reports state at least eight people have been killed and an unknown number of people are injured. Witnesses report seeing three gunmen who, according to police, remain at large. This situation is ongoing, but here is what is known so far: The city's metro, U-Bahn and bus network have been suspended, as well as taxi services. Cars on the autobahn into and out of Munich have been asked to leave it to free up the road for emergency vehicles. Police have evacuated passengers from the… Read more

July 19

Hundreds of people were killed in Turkey and more than 1,400 wounded as a result of the attempted coup.  In the aftermath, the Turkish government has continued to carry out large-scale security force operations to detain alleged participants and supporters of the coup. Aside from the top brass, the purges have so far resulted in the arrest of more than 3,000 soldiers and some 7,500 police officers, and the firing of another 9,000 officials.  While most suspects have surrendered peacefully, recent incidents are indicative of the kind of risks posed by those who resist arrest. As such, further… Read more

July 15

On 14 July, a truck drove through a crowd watching fireworks for Bastille Day (La fête nationale) celebrations (The national holiday is to commemorate the Storming of the Bastille, an important event in the French Revolution). The attacker shot into the crowd before driving into it. According to reports, 84 people have lost their lives and many more injured; sadly, these numbers are expected to continue to rise. French officials have announced three days of national mourning to begin on Saturday, 16 July. Travelers in Nice As the investigation continues, Promenade des Anglais is closed… Read more

July 15

Gunshots have been heard in the capital Ankara and military aircraft have been reported flying low over the city. Two bridges over the Bosphorus strait in the commercial capital Istanbul have been closed, according to Turkish television, and there are unconfirmed reports of military movements in other cities. Early reports are stating Twitter, Facebook and YouTube have been blocked. The situation is ongoing and we will post updates as soon as they are available.  Media sources: http://www.cbc.… Read more

July 8

It’s the best time of year for heading to the river, lake, and/or beach, even while abroad. If you’re like me, this is the time of year you enjoy the most because you can spend the whole day outside enjoying all types of outdoor activities and aquatic entertainment. While most outdoor activities are thoroughly enjoyable, they can pose significant health and safety risks if you aren’t careful. Hydrate, hydrate and hydrate some more It is imperative to your health to prevent dehydration, even if you’re not on vacation. Most people need at least 64 ounces of water each day, but this can… Read more