Daily life in the US is not like being in an extreme Hollywood crime or disaster movie. But it helps to be prepared. The tips below do not address every safety situation, and conditions can vary widely by location. Most importantly, follow the guidelines of your local, state, and federal government officials.
EMERGENCY NUMBERS FOR YOUR CELL PHONE
Call 911for emergencies like a fire, crime (especially if in progress), car crash (especially if someone is injured), and medical emergency (especially for symptoms that require immediate medical attention) according to 911.gov. More information on Calling or Texting 911 and Frequently Asked 911 Questions
Contact or visit the website of your international student office, campus safety/security office, or local police/government to find crime prevention advice for your location. Here is an example from Sacramento. If you call police or campus security, be sure to use a non-emergency number unless it is an emergency.
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