SAFETY & SECURITY
Meknes is a city located in the north central Morocco. Meknes has known different cultures and civilizations which made the residents of the city accustomed to diversity. Meknes dwellers are welcoming people and love foreigners with whom they enjoy long conversations about culture and society. Meknes also hosts many foreign students due to the diverse study abroad programs in the city. Foreign students feel quickly safe and at ease in Meknes.
Although Meknes is one of the safest cities in Morocco, AAIN always recommends that students stay vigilant and alert of their surroundings. Students should use common sense and stay away from any compromising situations. These include putting themselves in a vulnerable condition with the use and abuse of alcohol or drugs.
It must be noted that drug consumption is completely illegal in Morocco. Alcohol consumption is not permitted publicly and is only permissible for non-Muslims.
The safety and security of AAIN’s students are our first main concern. While AAIN Arabic Institute cannot guarantee a risk-free environment, it can, however, ensure the safety and security of our students along the duration of the program.
AAIN is committed to put safety and security measures in place to reduce risk for our students. Therefore, students are advised on the safest transportation to take, medical facilities and emergency procedures in pre-departure preparations, during orientations sessions, and throughout the program. AAIN is also committed to do a background check on all host families. These are meticulously chosen to ensure the safety and well-being of our students.
AAIN Arabic Institute is also equipped with the latest safety facilities. It is important to note that:
- To ensure our students’ safety, AAIN is equipped with fire alarms, fire extinguishers, smoke detectors, sprinkler systems, and pull stations.
- It is strictly forbidden to use any flammable item inside the institute.
In the event of alarm activation, students must :
- Evacuate the building immediately using the stairwell.
- Stay away as far as possible from the building to allow the firefighters to access it.
- AAIN’s staff is available 24 / 7 for students’ emergency situations. Students are given the program manager’s professional phone number and e-mail to be contacted whenever they face a risky situation. The program manager is trained to respond to any situation.
- In case of a small medical emergency, first aid will be provided as well as an area for the student to rest at AAIN Arabic Institute.
- Should the student need a doctor, AAIN’s staff offer medical assistance by recommending the doctors that we trust, scheduling the appointment, accompanying the student by helping in translation and assisting in buying medicine from the pharmacy.
- For medical insurance, students must check with their medical insurance provider concerning the procedures for reimbursement.
- All students (and accompanying faculty and staff) must carry the mobile phone AAIN Arabic Institute provides them with at all times. The phones must be on and charged at all times and have enough credits to send and receive text messages and phone calls in the event of an emergency.
Students must check the list of countries that are subject to a travel warning and travel alert before deciding to travel to any destination abroad. The State Department’s Office of American Citizens Services and Crisis Management (ACS) informs the public of the conditions abroad that may affect their safety and security. Please check http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/alertswarnings.html
The executive director, the program manager, two program coordinators, and two staff members constitute the crisis management team whose primary concern is to immediately address a situation that endangers or could reasonably endanger the health, safety, and/or security of AAIN’s students. Students are, therefore, asked to carefully read and follow the instructions below when they apply:
Reasons for Evacuation :
- Natural disasters
- Acts of terrorism in Meknes
- Declaration of war against Morocco
- Mob violence, rioting, and civil unrest
Steps for Evacuation :
- The evacuation process will be applied depending on instructions given by the local police and the US embassy officials.
- Students will be contacted by the program manager to be informed of evacuation decision.
- If it’s not safe for students to meet at the institute, the meeting point is Hotel Tafilalet, 4 Angle Abdelmoumen Mouhaidi et Ouakaat Zellaka, V.N. Meknes (right behind the small train station).
- Fly-away kit (small bag or a backpack) should include:
– Money and credit cards
– Cell phone
– Prescription or required medication
– Clothing that is suitable to climate change
– First aid kit
– Toiletry items
– Water and non-perishable food
- Students will be driven out of Meknes towards the designated rendezvous point: Hotel Atlas next to Mohamed V airport in Casablanca.
- AAIN Arabic Institute will arrange available modes of transportation for students either directly to the US or to another destination.