Emergency News

April 21, 2016

There have been calls for protests over the upcoming holiday break, in particular on Monday, April 25 which coincides with Sinai Liberation Day. The protests have been planned, as last weekend, near Tahrir and Talaat Harb Squares, in particular the Press Syndicate and surrounding areas.

AUC Security urges you to take caution and avoid these areas during times of planned protests. Protests can escalate and turn violent quickly. In this regard, we advise you to stay vigilant in public and crowded areas, be aware of all surroundings, follow AUC Security Notifications and to not take photos or videos for demonstrations or security forces. 

In particular, exercise the utmost caution near government buildings, police stations, and military barracks. Follow all instructions from security forces and remain alert for blockades and other traffic changes. If you have not registered with the AUC Emergency Communication system yet, please do by clicking here.

In case of emergency, please call the AUC operator hotline at 19282.  AUC will continue to provide you with regular information through e-mail, SMS and on the University website on this page. Important contact info can be found here.

 

January 24, 2016

As you all know, January 25 is a national holiday to commemorate Police Day and is the anniversary of Egypt’s 2011 Revolution.   In the past, violent disturbances have occurred on this holiday and the days immediately preceding it; the possibility that similar incidents will occur this year cannot be excluded. The Government of Egypt has deployed additional security forces, including military personnel, throughout the country as a precaution.  

The Security Office also reminds AUC community, as a rule, to exercise caution and avoid public gatherings on the streets of Egypt.  Demonstrations can occur quickly and without notice.  Even peaceful gatherings can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. 

Please consider the following points regarding your security on the streets of Egypt:

  •   Review your destinations and routes, avoiding locations where demonstrations are ongoing, even if peaceful. 
  •   Carry a mobile phone and remain cognizant of your location at all times.
  •   Keep your doors locked.
  •   When approached by a crowd, go in the opposite direction in a safe manner. 
  •   If caught up in a group remain calm, avoid accidents with pedestrians that might escalate the situation. Allow the crowd to pass. 
  •   If confronted with aggression, remain calm and slowly but deliberately walk or drive away. Where possible, avoid exaggerated threatening moves with your vehicle that might escalate violence. 

If you have not registered with the AUC Emergency Communication system yet, please do by visiting: http://myinfo.aucegypt.edu/

In case of emergency, please call the AUC operator hotline at 19282.  AUC will continue to provide you with regular information through e-mail, SMS and on this page.

Please keep a copy of the emergency phone numbers listed here.

 

August 13, 2015
 
This weekend marks the second anniversary of the clearance of the sit-ins at Rabaa al-Adawiya and al-Nahda squares on August 14, 2013.  Because of the possibility of violence, as well as likely traffic congestion associated with possible rallies and demonstrations, AUC community members are advised to increase their level of awareness and avoid areas where protests may occur, particularly during this sit-in anniversary period.  Areas such as Talbeya, Matareya, and Imbaba are notable areas in the Cairo area that have a recent history of protests and occasional violence.
 
The following is gentle reminder for you:

  • Keep updated on the situation by following media reports.
  • Carry our personal identification / passport and a mobile phone.
  • Exercise caution when passing by government buildings, police stations and military barracks.
  • Treat members of the security forces you encounter with patience and respect , and follow all instructions promptly.
  • Keep your vehicle fueled.
  • If you have not registered with the AUC emergency communication system yet. please do by visiting: http://myinfo.aucegypt.edu.

If you are occasionally trapped in the crowed you are reminded to:

  1. Do not panic, keep calm.
  2. If you find yourself in the middle of a moving crowd, do not fight against the pressure, and try to take advantage of any space that may open up to move sideways to the crowd movement where the flow is weaker.
  3. If you fall and cannot get up, try to keep moving by  crawling in the same direction. If it's not possible, cover your head with your arms and curl up into the fetal position.

AUC is committed AUC is committed to providing a safe and secure environment to all of its community and will continue to communicate any changes to our security policies, procedures and protocols.

Should you have any questions about the current security status or believe that you have information that would be useful to AUC Security, please contact the AUC Security office at the following:

August 5, 2015

Concerning of the opening ceremony of the New Suez Canal, which will take place tomorrow, police and military troops are widespread to secure the country during the celebration .

The following advice can help keep you safe and secure:

 1. Exercise caution when passing by government buildings, police stations and military barracks.

 2. Treat members of the security forces you encounter with patience and respect, and follow all instructions promptly.

 3. Carry photographic identification and a mobile phone.

 4. Remain alert to the possibility of road blockage in different areas.

 5. Get familiar with escape routes in case of emergency situation.

 6. Keep updated on the situation by following media reports.

 7. If you have not registered with the AUC Emergency Communication system yet, please do by visiting:http://myinfo.aucegypt.edu/

AUC is committed to providing a safe and secure environment to all of its community and will continue to communicate any changes to our security policies, procedures and protocols.

Should you have any questions about the current security status or believe that you have information that would be useful to AUC Security, please contact the AUC Security office at the following:

August 4, 2015

The Egyptian government has announced Thursday, August 6 as a national holiday. As a result, the University will be closed.

June 29, 2015

The Egyptian government has announced tomorrow, Tuesday, June 30 as a national holiday. As a result, the University will be closed tomorrow. Course instructors teaching summer courses will consult with their students to reschedule the class meetings and assignments.

June 29, 2015

Dear International Student,

As you may have learned from the news, Egypt's General Prosecutor died in an explosion near his home on June 29. Incidents like this one are infrequent and continue to target figures of the police, army and the judicial system. The Egyptian government has announced June 30 an official holiday and, as a result, the University will also be closed.

Please be advised that AUC campus is secure and all essential services operate normally, even when the University is closed. While we do not anticipate any political unrest to take place, we urge you to contact ISSA emergency line 01000066907 if you have any concerns. If you have no mobile phone, you can contact the AUC hotline: 19282 from any landline.

Furthermore, if you are residing off-campus and believe you would feel safer living on-campus, there is plenty of room; please contact the above mentioned number and we will arrange your move.

November 26, 2014

There are reports in the media of calls for marches in greater Cairo and other cities throughout Egypt on Friday, November 28, 2014.

Please exercise caution if there is a necessity to be on the street; avoid crowds, and if you happen to be caught in a moving crowd,  do not fight against the pressure, and try to take advantage of any space that may open up to move sideways where the flow is weaker.  Avoid taking pictures of protests. If protests turn violent in your area, stay indoors.
 
You may always call the AUC operator hotline at 19282.  AUC will continue to provide you with regular information through e-mail, SMS and on this page. Please keep a copy of the emergency phone numbers listed on the AUC website at this link.

October 2014

Members of the AUC community may be aware of threats recently posted on-line encouraging violence against Americans and other international residents of the region, particularly teachers.  
 
AUC Security takes such threats extremely seriously and works very closely with Egyptian and international security agencies to ensure the safety and security of community.  We routinely assess the security of our bus routes and bus stops as well as that of all our facilities.
 
Should you have any questions about the current security status or believe that you have information that would be useful to AUC Security, please contact the AUC Security office at the following:
·        New Cairo:  2615-4444
·        Downtown:  2797-6666
·        Mobile:  0127 000 1561

·        Email:  aucsecurity@aucegypt.edu 
 
AUC is committed to providing a safe and secure environment to all of its community and will continue to communicate any changes to our security policies, procedures and protocols.

October 2014

Lifting Travel Warning to Egypt 

Students and scholars interested in visiting The American University in Cairo or attending for a semester or year abroad should be aware that the U.S. Department of State lifted its travel warning to Egypt in June 2014. There are no restrictions on movement within Cairo, and the University is once again receiving international scholars and students from around the world. AUC has a new, centralized office for all international student affairs — the Office of International Students and Study Abroad — intended to ensure that all incoming international students have easy access to appropriate academic and social support.

* If you have not registered with the AUC Emergency Communication system yet, please do by visiting:http://myinfo.aucegypt.edu. 

* AUC will continue to provide you with regular reliable information through email, SMS and on the University website at www.aucegypt.edu. Please keep a copy of the emergency phone numbers listed on the AUC website at http://www.aucegypt.edu/Pages/EmergencyComm.aspx.