HEALTH AND SAFETY IN THE UNITED STATES
Being prepared is the hallmark of a good trip especially in terms of your health and safety. While we hope that your visit to the USA is a safe and accident-free one, unplanned incidents may happen while traveling. Should you encounter an emergency while visiting the USA, the country has a vast and sophisticated emergency response system.
Should you fall ill during your trip, the United States offers many easily accessible options for both short and long term medical assistance, as well as a selection of travellers insurance plans to make sure you’re covered incase of an emergency.
The U.S. boasts a high standard of healthcare, but it’s essential to have adequate travel insurance to cover any medical emergencies. Keep in mind that healthcare can be expensive, so understanding your insurance coverage is crucial. It’s also advisable to stay informed about local health guidelines and vaccination requirements, particularly in light of any ongoing health crises.
When traveling, maintain good hygiene practices, such as frequent handwashing and the use of hand sanitizers. Be mindful of your surroundings, stay aware of your belongings, and avoid walking alone in unfamiliar or poorly lit areas, especially at night. Additionally, adhere to local laws and regulations, such as speed limits and seatbelt usage, to ensure your safety on the road. Taking these precautions will help ensure a safe and enjoyable experience during your visit to the United States.
To ensure your visit to the United States is a safe and happy one, here is a brief guide to health and safety in the U.S.:
Emergency # is 911
Medical care options for travelers to the USA
There are many options if you need medical attention while traveling in the U.S. Before leaving home, check with your health insurance provider to see if you are covered while traveling in the U.S. If so, make sure you carry your insurance card with you. If not, consider buying temporary or travel health insurance that will cover you during your travels. Health care costs can be expensive if you are not adequately covered. Also check whether your insurance provider covers medical evacuation in the event you need to be brought home via medical transport.
All major cities and towns have one or more hospitals. Make sure you know the name of the hospitals in the areas in which you are traveling. The front desks of most lodging facilities should have a list of local hospitals.
- Health Clinics & Urgent Care Centers
Health clinics and urgent care centers are designed to help patients with illnesses or injuries that are not life threatening. Many pharmacies also have walk-in clinics staffed by medical professionals. Hotel staff or your host can often direct you to such health centers.
Emergency response options for visitors
- Natural Disasters
In the event of a natural disaster, such as a flood, tornado, hurricane or earthquake, the United States has an intricate emergency management system that involves federal, state and local governments. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website provides information in the event of a natural disaster or public health emergency. • Emergencies In the United States, 911 is the universal emergency number and can be dialed toll-free from any phone. The 911 operators are trained to alert emergency responders — police, fire department and ambulance — if necessary. Do not be afraid to call 911 in a medical emergency. This number also is used for emergencies such as auto accidents, crimes in progress and fires. You can request language translation services if you do not speak English. You cannot text 911 to report an emergency; you must call.
- Emergency Notifications
Check with your host or listen to local media for emergency updates. Some mobile phone companies provide emergency alerts to notify customers of threats to public safety such as severe weather and chemical spills, and Amber Alerts for abducted children. Check with your mobile phone company to see if emergency updates are available when traveling internationally. Important
- Emergency (Police/Fire/Ambulance): 911
- Local phone directory assistance: 411
- Traffic/Construction on Highways: 511