Emergency & Non-Emergency Interventions

See Something Do Something

Bystander intervention is being a good samaritan for the people around you — being a proactive member of the community. It's looking out for others in order to reduce harm.

Emergency

Call 911 or (510) 642-3333 (UCPD) for immediate emergencies. When you dial 9-1-1, or (510) 642-3333, or use a blue light phone to make your report, the dispatcher will ask you this question first, “Is this an emergency?” Do not downplay the importance of your call. Crimes in progress or involving life threatening circumstances receive the highest priority response. Be prepared to answer these questions.

  • Is anyone's life or safety threatened?
  • Does anyone need medical assistance or an ambulance?
  • If you are reporting a crime, is the suspect still there? If so, make sure the dispatcher knows this.
  • Does the suspect have a weapon? What kind?

Other Emergency Resources

CUSP - Signs of Possible Alcohol Poisoning and Steps to Take

If you notice any one of these alcohol poisoning signs, call 911. When police or medical assistance arrives, addressing the life safety issue is their top priority.

Cold, clammy, pale, or bluish skin

Unconscious or unable to be roused

Slow or irregular breathing

Puking repeatedly or uncontrollably

(See CUSP flyer to the right)

Signs of Overdose for Other Drugs and Steps to Take

Students often underestimate or overlook the health risks of misusing prescription drugs. Misuse is defined as using prescription drugs:

  • Not prescribed to you - it’s against the law and has legal risks and consequences.
  • For non-medical reasons - like using Adderall or Ritalin to improve concentration and/or stay awake to study. 
  • In excess of what has been prescribed by a health care provider - exceeding prescribed dosage can be unsafe.
  • In an unintended manner - oral medications can be dangerous if taken any other way.

More information on our prescription drugs webpage.

What if I Think I've Been Drugged?

If concerned you or someone else has been given drugs without their knowledge or consent, see our What if I Think I've Been Drugged Resource.

California Poison Control

The California Poison Control System provides immediate, free, and expert treatment advice and referral over the telephone in case of exposure to poisonous or toxic substances. Pharmacists, nurses, and poison information providers answer the calls to 1-800-222-1222 and are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Language interpreters are always available, just say the language you need when you call.

UC Berkeley Responsible Bystander Policy

The UC Berkeley Responsible Bystander Policy encourages students to seek medical assistance for peers in need and promotes student safety across campus.

Responsible bystander postcard summary

Overdose After Hospital Transport

If you or someone you know has experienced an overdose, please refer to Overdose After Hospital Transport for some guidance and support.

Non-Emergency

  • UCPD non-emergency number (510) 642-6750
  • Berkeley Police non-emergency number (510) 981-5900
  • UCPD CalTIP Service to text or email a non-emergency anonymous report to UCPD: cal@tipnow.com or (text) 510-664-8477
  • Berkeley Fire Department (510) 981-3473

UHS medical services: all registered students may use the medical services at UHS regardless of insurance. For non-emergency conditions:

Other Non-Emergency Resources

Non-Emergency Intervention Scale and Tips

Intervention scale: Don't let small problems become big problems, see something, DO something (see Intervention Scale flyer to the right).

Intervention tips for alcohol and other drugs: When someone you know is struggling with their alcohol or other drug use, it can be challenging to know what to do. Fortunately, you're not a lone (see Intervention Tips flyer to the right).

Video: I Party Safe And Here's How I Do It

PATH to Care Center

Path to Care Center Care Line: 24/7 urgent support (510) 643-2005. A safe place to start for affirming and confidential support for exploring all options, rights and resources for those that have experienced sexual harassment, emotional abuse, dating and intimate partner violence, sexual assault, stalking and sexual exploitation. For emergencies, dial 911.

Cal Night Safety Services

Cal Night Safety Services offers comprehensive free night safety services made up of BearWalk escort, night shuttle buses, and a door-to-door service. The time of day determines what services are available. BearWalks are available from dusk to 3am, night shuttles run on routes from 7:30pm to 3am, and the door-to-door service is available from 3am until 5:30am. Classes, study, research, meetings, films or concerts can keep you on campus late at night. Visit the BearWalk website or call 510-642-9255 (2-WALK) to make your request!

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Alcohol intervention scale
Alcohol and Other Drugs Intervention tips