Global Education

Security Emergencies

If there is a major security event such as a natural disaster or act of terrorism in your location:

  1. Seek a safe location or shelter in place.
  2. If you have a designated in-country emergency contact, such as a faculty resident director, an on-site director, or other program leader, be in touch with this person as soon as possible.
  3. If you do not have a designated in-country emergency contact or you cannot reach the contact, contact the Ohio State 24/7 International Emergency Phone Line at +1-614-292-6677.
          -Identify yourself as an Ohio State student traveling abroad.
          -Provide your exact location.
          -Provide contact information such as phone number, SMS, email or Skype.
          -Inform the responder of the situation.
          -Answer any additional questions requested.
  4. Look for communication updates from the U.S. Department of State STEP notification system. Check the U.S. (or your country of citizenship) Embassy or Consulate website for security or emergency messages, or contact U.S. Department of State American Citizen’s Services:
         -From Overseas: +1-202-501-4444
         -From the U.S. & Canada: +1-888-407-4747
  5. Look for and respond to updates and communication from Global Health and Safety.
  6. Monitor local media and follow the directive of local security or emergency personnel.