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Emergency Contacts, Response and Preparedness

Caltech Security is ready to assist you in an emergency on Caltech property.  Call Caltech Security at extension 5000 from an on-campus phone or 626-395-5000 from your cell phone or land line.

JPL Emergency Services (internal website for JPL employees only) provides a contact list for emergencies at the lab.

Off Campus (Police, Fire, Ambulance)

Call 911.  You do not need to dial an area code.

Medical Emergencies

Your health insurance provider may require you to use specific facilities.  Please review this information with your insurance provider before you have an emergency or a situation that requires a visit to urgent care or the hospital emergency room (ER).

Hospital Emergency Room and 911

If you have a life-threatening medical emergency, call 911 immediately, or go to the nearest hospital emergency room.

Huntington Hospital • 100 W. California Boulevard, Pasadena (5 minutes’ drive from Caltech)

Urgent Care Centers

If you have an urgent, but not life-threatening, medical need when your doctor's office or the Caltech Health Center is closed, visit an urgent care center.  Doctors at urgent care centers can treat minor cuts, skin rashes, sprains, colds, coughs, fevers, abdominal pain, broken bones and more.

HealthCare Partners Urgent Care Center • 797 S. Fair Oaks Avenue, Pasadena
Exer More Than Urgent • 3160 E. Del Mar Avenue, Pasadena
UrgentMed • 600 S. Lake Avenue, Suite 105, Pasadena
Advanced Urgent Care • 797 S. Arroyo Parkway, Pasadena

On Campus for Students

During regular business hours, students may seek health care and counseling on campus. 

On Campus for Staff and Scholars

The Caltech Staff and Faculty Consultation Center offer free confidential one on one consultation services.

Emergency Preparedness

At Caltech

The Emergency Preparedness and Business Continuity Program at Caltech provides guidance on emergency issues that are likely to arise at the Institute.


Emergency management (internal website for JPL employees only) at JPL provides comprehensive guidance on a wide range of possible threats on lab and at home.

Earthquakes and other Disasters

Living in Southern California means needing to be prepared for earthquakes and other natural disasters.  The Caltech Emergency Management Team and the Earthquake Country Alliance offer advice about how to prepare for an earthquake.  The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) provides a real-time map of the earthquakes that occur regularly in the region. 

The American Red Cross Prepare SoCal also gives comprehensive information about emergency (earthquake, residential fire, wildfire, landslide, tsunami, flood and biological or chemical threat).


DISCLAIMER:  The information provided on this website is for general information only.  Caltech does not endorse or recommend any of the organizations listed.