ISSS Safety Tips

In an EMERGENCY it is important for you to have access to emergency contact information (phone numbers and links). It is also important to list emergency personal contacts in your Howdy portal to be able to contact in the event of an emergency. For any immediate emergencies, please dial 911 for police, fire or medical emergencies. For any non-emergencies, please see the following list of numbers to call. Non emergency contact numbers

Local Emergency Media Contacts
For any emergencies, please refer to the following links for local news and follow the TAMU, local news, and government guidance whereever you are located. Most of the following sources also have Facebook that you can find and follow both information and recommended instructions. Below are some examples of sites to follow.
Safety Tips for Emergency Contacts
The following information includes steps to identify good emergency contacts and update your emergency contacts into the Howdy Portal. It also includes other imporatnt safety resources. 

Sergeant H. Allan Baron Crime Prevention Specialist
Texas A&M University Police Department
(979) 862-8125
  • At least 1 U.S. phone number
  • At least 1 person who speaks English
  • At least 1 person who can translate between English and your native language
  • Make sure the individual(s) you name are those whom you want to be contacted in the event that you experience any kind of serious emergency in which you cannot call them yourself
  • Make sure one of the individuals you name could make decisions or provide a name on your behalf, especially during medical emergencies
  • Program at least one ICE (In Case of Emergency) phone number into your cell phone and save it as “ICE”
We strongly recommend all international students have at least two emergency contacts listed on their university record and that they review/update them every year.  To update your emergency contact:
  1. Log in to Howdy portal
  2. Click on “My Record” tab
  3. Locate the box entitled “My Information
  4. Click on “View/Update Contact Information
  5. Click on “View/Update Emergency Contacts
    1. Please list at least one family member as your emergency contact (can be outside the U.S.)
    2. Update your relationship with the contact under ‘Relationship

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is a U.S. federal government agency aimed at protecting consumers and competition by preventing anticompetitive, deceptive, and unfair business practices.

One of their strategic goals is to protect consumers from unfair and deceptive practices. The FTC works to prevent fraudulent, deceptive and unfair business practices in the marketplace and to provide information to help consumers spot, stop and avoid them. The FTC’s Consumer Information website ( contains a significant amount of helpful information related to both preventing and responding to incidents like financial scams, immigration scams, identify theft, and many other consumer complaints. ISS encourages all international students to review the information at so they are better informed and prepared to identify issues. If you believe you have been subject to any form of scam or identify theft, ISS strongly recommends you review the information at in detail and take the action(s) recommended by the FTC. Some of the most relevant FTC webpages that may be of interest to international students include the following: