In An Emergency
24 Hour Contact 406.243.6131
To ensure that in emergency situations The University of Montana faculty, staff, and students traveling abroad receive timely and appropriate assistance from University of Montana staff.
Any situation or condition which jeopardizes the University of Montana faculty, staff and student(s)' physical or mental health, safety, well-being, or requires the intervention of UM staff. Such events or occurrences may include, but are not limited to: civil disturbance, natural disaster, severe illness or injury requiring hospitalization, severe emotional or behavioral disorders, illegal actions (i.e. drug use), absence from program site, academic probation, etc. To assist UM staff in addressing or resolving an emergency situation, it is vital that a University of Montana official be promptly notified.
Call 406.243.6131 (answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
Please provide as much of the following information as possible:
• Reporting person’s name
• country & program of study
• UM sponsoring department/office
• traveler(s) names
• date & time of occurrence/condition
• description of occurrence/condition
• action taken thus far
• action requested of UM (if appropriate)
• return contact information
In the event of a political, social, or natural emergency, the Office of International Programs will be in contact with the registered UM Traveler.
The UM Traveler should remain in contact with the on-site staff (if available) in an emergency situation. Parents and family members of the UM Traveler are asked to communicate with the Office of International Programs staff to allow on-site staff to focus on working with the UM Traveler and local officials.
U.S. Consulates and Embassies
The US State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs in Washington, D.C. aids Americans needing emergency assistance. During a crisis, the State Department will try to locate the whereabouts of an American overseas if needed. In case of injury overseas, the Bureau of Consular Affairs can assist in sending funds to the injured American and collects necessary health information to forward to the in-country embassy or consulate. In case of evacuation, the embassy or consulate overseas will try to help Americans depart. If destitute, Americans can turn to a US consular officer abroad for help.
In case of the death of a participant overseas, the Bureau of Consular Affairs provides guidance on how to make arrangements for the remains. The US State Department’s Crisis Emergency Center telephone number in Washington, D.C. is 202.647.5225. Updated recordings on State Department travel advisories are also available at this number.