CIEE Security Alert – Sydney

Fri, 01/03/2020

CIEE continues to monitor the wildfire situation and high temperatures in Australia.  New South Wales (NSW) has declared a third State of Emergency for the state of NSW ahead of worsening fire conditions predicted for Saturday, 4 January.  The city of Sydney and the location of the Sydney Global Institute currently remain outside of any designated emergency zones within the state. The most recent evacuation warnings were for the south coast of NSW, which is 5 hours distance from Sydney by vehicle. 

CIEE participants are being continually updated on the weather conditions and the predictions by NSW state government agencies, and that the conditions are expected to worsen over the weekend as a result of higher temperatures. Temperatures on Saturday, 4 January, are predicted to be 100F in the Sydney area.  Participants are also being reminded of the requirement to submit independent travel information to CIEE Staff for any planned travel outside of Sydney and to avoid high fire risk zones. Finally, participants are continually being reminded of the importance of staying hydrated during the warmer weather and observing best practices for heat safety.  Following the predicted heat on Saturday, temperatures are expected to cool with a decent chance for rain on Monday, 6 January.

The most recent Air Quality Index (AQI) for Sydney was “fair”. At this level, the advice from NSW Health remains that “People unusually sensitive to air pollution should reduce or reschedule strenuous outdoor activities. Others are not likely to be affected when the AQI is in this range.”

We will continue to monitor the situation closely and remain in contact with our participants to ensure their ongoing safety.  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-800-40-STUDY.