January 12, 2019: at 9:00AM there was a gas explosion in the 9th Arrondissement of Paris. Early reports suggest that the explosion was the result of a gas leak in a bakery. French firefighters were on the scene at the time of the incident. SAI’s onsite Program Coordinator has been in touch with all SAI students currently in Paris and all are safe and accounted for.
For general information regarding SAI health and safety services see Health & Safety. Following are some important health and safety resources:
- SAI Safety, Crisis and Emergency Management Procedures (pdf)
- Department of State, Travel Warnings and Consular Information Sheets: safety and security information by country.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Travel Health Notices: lists travel health notices by warning level.
- Department of State, U.S. Embassies: listing of all U.S. Embassies in the world.
We encourage students and their families to discuss and establish a contact system that can be used in the event of a crisis on either side. In most instances of crisis, parents or guardians should attempt to contact students first before they attempt to contact individuals at SAI in order to gain reassurance of their safety.
Emergency Phone Numbers
The SAI on-site emergency phones are intended for use by students currently attending an SAI program. We invite parents of currently enrolled students to make use of emergency phones only in cases when the US office is closed and there is a true emergency. Otherwise, please wait and contact the US office during business hours at 1-800-655-8965.
|City||Phone Number (from U.S.)|
|Florence after-hours emergency phone||+39 342 705 6853|
|Rome after-hours emergency phone||+39 340 112 2728|
|Milan after-hours emergency phone||+39 345 372 4742|
|Sorrento after-hours emergency phone||+39 339 187 0807|
|Siena after-hours emergency phone||+39 348 918 9497|
|Sicily after-hours emergency phone||+39 375 503 8158|
|Barcelona after-hours emergency phone||+ 34 644 775 874|
|Paris after-hours emergency phone||+33 7 67 96 13 49|