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Safety, Security and Emergency Information

In the Event of an Emergency (Medical, Crime, or Fire)

Call 911. You can dial 911 from any phone. 911 is the nationwide emergency number. Be ready to report details, beginning with the nature of the emergency and the exact location (address)

Safety is a common concern for international visitors. U.S. movies shown around the world display an unrealistic amount of violence. Because of these and other media depictions of life in general in the U.S., many international visitors have unnecessary heightened concerns about safety. It is, however, necessary to be careful about safety anywhere.

Basic keys to safety in unfamiliar places are knowledge and prevention. With sufficient knowledge about how to protect yourself and your property, and how to avoid taking unnecessary risks, it is possible to better prevent being a victim of crime. Common sense safety behaviors include these precautions.

UC San Diego Campuswide Emergencies

UC San Diego Essential Phone Numbers
UC San Diego Emergency Preparedness

(858) 534-HELP (4357)

Registration for emergency notifications is voluntary and open to international scholars. Register online for UCSD emergency notifications (you will receive phone or text messages to numbers you specify).

UCSD's off-campus number with recorded update on campus conditions: (888) 308-8273

In the event of a campus emergency, will be updated with details and instructions.  

Annual Security Report

UC San Diego publishes an annual campus security report (Clery Report) which includes data regarding crime statistics on and around campus for the past three years.

For information on these statistics visit the

Campus Safety Escort Service

The UCSD Campus Police provides escort service (someone to accompany you) to and from campus locations at night. Safety escort service is offered year-round (365 days) from sunset to 1:00am.

  • Call (858) 534-9255 or (858) 534-WALK.

Triton Rides, a free nighttime shuttle service available from 8:00pm to 7:00am from any on-campus location to another on-campus location or to an offcampus location (within a one-mile radius around the campus).

  • Call extension 4-WALK or (858) 534-9255, or
  • Use the Tapride app, available for download on iPhone/iPad and Android

For additional information, visit

Crime Prevention

  • Never carry large sums of money. Never tempt a thief by displaying money in public. All large amounts of money brought from your home country should be deposited in a bank shortly after arriving in the USA.
  • Never leave valuable things visible in a car. Items like luggage, money, cellphones, computers, and other electronics are tempting to criminals and easy to steal. If needed, hide valuables in the trunk of the car.
  • There are pickpockets in any large city in the world. Pickpockets are skilled at identifying vulnerable people who may be displaying valuables, and then coming close enough to steal the valuables without being noticed. Handbags should be kept closed; wallets should be protected. Bags or backpacks left unattended may be stolen.
  • Report any incidents of robbery or harassment on campus to the Campus Police by using the blue courtesy phones located around campus. Call 911 for EMERGENCIES whether on-campus or off- campus.
  • Some areas of San Diego are safer than others. Check with friends about the areas to avoid. There is a difference in Day Safety and Night Safety: some places are safe during daylight, but less safe at night.
  • There is safety in numbers in the city, especially at night. Going out with friends is safer than going out alone. When someone knocks on the door, make sure you know who it is before opening the door. Keep curtains closed at night and when no one is home, so people cannot look inside.
  • Always lock the door and windows of the house/apartment/room and car, even if leaving for only a minute.
  • Have keys ready upon entering your house or apartment.
  • Be cautious about giving out a personal address or telephone number to unfamiliar people.
  • Always remember to dial 911 for fire, police, or ambulance services. Keep this number near the phone.

Crisis Hotlines

Crisis Hotlines 

Telephone lines that can be called to find out information during times of crisis.

AIDS Hotline (800) 367-2437
Child Abuse Hotline (800) 344-6000
Mental Health/Depression/Suicide Hotline (800) 479-3339
Poison Information Center (800) 222-1222
Domestic Violence Hotline (800) 799-7233
Rape Hotline (800) 656-4673
Gambling Addiction Hotline (800) 522-4700
Planned Parenthood (888) 743-7526

Emergency Preparedness (Wildfires and Earthquakes)

We face the danger of wildfires and earthquakes resulting in and power outage in Southern California. It is therefore imperative that our campus members are ready, trained to respond, and know what actions to take to recover from an emergency or crisis event.

Campus leaders will use this system to notify you in the event of an emergency affecting campus. For more information on emergency preparedness, please visit

Prepare for 72 hours. Experts advise that staff, faculty and students prepare to be on their own for up to 72 hours should an emergency or disaster occur. Emergency Supplies should include food, water and other supplies. For a complete list, please visit:

Earthquake Preparedness

California is vulnerable to earthquakes. Here are a few points to remember during an earthquake:

  • If there is an earthquake, get under something, such as a desk or table. Your back should be to the window.
  • Protect your face, and try to make your body as small as possible.
  • If you are outside, try to move to an open area away from trees, power lines, or objects, which could fall.
  • If you are in an automobile, stop in an open area if possible.
  • If you are home, check utility lines and appliances for damage that could cause a fire. Do not touch electrical wires.
  • Turn on your radio for information.
  • Be prepared for aftershocks. Although most of these are smaller than the main shock, some may be large enough to cause additional damage or injuries.

Most people can survive an earthquake and minimize its damage simply by becoming aware of potential hazards and taking some basic earthquake preparedness measures. Prepare an earthquake kit with food and water, flashlight, radio, extra batteries, and a first aid kit.

Since earthquakes strike without warning, it’s important to act now! The longer one waits, the greater the risk. Experts know that damaging earthquakes are coming but they don’t know when. Knowing that you know what to do (and what not to do) before, during, and after a quake, however strong, will assist in keeping you safe.

For more information about earthquake preparedness, visit:

San Diego Resources

Alert San Diego

Registration for emergency notifications is voluntary and open to international scholars. Register online for SD Emergency notifications(you will receive phone or text messages to numbers you specify).

You can also download SD Emergency App to your iPhone, iPad, or Android phone or tablet to get critical emergency information wherever you are. The app is designed to keep people informed and safe throughout events likely to affect the region, such as wildfires, or potential threats, such as damaging earthquakes or terrorist events.

San Diego Online Resources

Ready San Diego
San Diego County Office of Emergency Services
American Red Cross: San Diego County

Radio Stations

KFMB/ AM 760
KLSD/ AM 1360
KOGO/ AM 600
KPBS/ FM 89.5

State, Federal, and International Resources

Urgent Care and Emergency Room Information

Medical Emergencies

During a medical emergency, go to the nearest hospital Emergency Room or Urgent Care facility. A medical emergency is generally defined as a sudden, serious and unexpected illness, injury or condition, including severe pain, requiring immediate medical attention.


The Emergency Rooms located near campus are:

UC San Diego Thornton Hospital
(858) 657-7660
9300 Campus Point Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037
Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Will see patients on a walk-in basis.

Scripps Memorial Hospital
(858) 626-4123
9888 Genesee Avenue, La Jolla, CA 92037
Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Will see patients on a walk-in basis.

UC San Diego Hillcrest Medical Center
(619) 543 6400
200 West Arbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92103
Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Will see patients on a walk-in basis.


Additional information regarding emergency and urgent care can be found at