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Emergencies Abroad

Our first priority at the Center for International Programs is your safety, health, security and general well-being while abroad. In the interest of carrying out our first priority, we have developed an emergency response plan for students, staff and faculty on SUNY New Paltz programs, just as the main campus has done for on-campus emergencies.
Life is filled with risks anywhere, but we try to minimize these risks while you are a participant on our programs. Although no one can guarantee safety anywhere, even on our own campuses in the US, international travel can be very safe, especially if one takes specific steps to prepare for it. Your objective should be to avoid risks, but if there is one, how to manage it.

In order to facilitate management of risks, the study abroad staff takes a number of measures to help ensure your safety while abroad, including daily monitoring of world-wide situations affecting US students abroad using information from the US State Department and the national SAFETI (Safety Abroad First - Educational Travel Information) Consortium.

In addition, we are in contact with our overseas partners and on-site personnel abroad, and welcome communication from them or you while you are abroad at any time.

What is an emergency?

There are two types of emergencies: real emergencies and perceived emergencies. This guide will help you to prepare mentally for handling both real and perceived emergencies.


Click here for: Emergencies abroad and Tips for Safety Guide


Student Emergency Protocol

Perceived Emergencies

If there is no life-threatening situation at hand:

  1. Call the on-site Program Director
  2. Call the CIP office
DO NOT CALL YOUR PARENTS FIRST. There will be very little your parents can do for you when a situation is occurring. It is best to call those who can help you in person first.

Real Emergencies
  1. Secure your immediate safety; gather all of the facts and information you can
  2. Call the local authorizes
  3. Call the on-site program director or international office
  4. Call one of the CIP emergency numbers
DO NOT CALL YOUR PARENTS FIRST. THEY WILL NOT BE ABLE TO SECURE YOUR IMMEDIATE SAFETY OR SECURITY. There will be very little your parents can do for you when a situation is occurring. It is best to call those who can help you in person first.

CIP Emergency Numbers
CIP office (during office hours) +001 (845) 257 - 3125
Caitlin Paul +001 (845) 417 - 4617
Christian Speedling +001 (845) 594 - 4765
Christian Wilwohl +001 (845) 594 - 6173
Samantha Skillman +001 (845) 416 - 5594
HTH Worldwide +001 (610) 254 - 8771

Emergency Check-Ins:

In the case of a Crisis Emergency (situations affecting multiple participants or entire program; i.e. Political/civil unrest, terrorist activity or threat, natural or human disaster) the CIP office will deploy an emergency check-in via email, please respond immediately to let us know that you are safe or that you need immediate assistance. 

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