Accidents and emergencies can never be predicted, but Los Angeles is well-equipped to deal with events that come up. Like most places in the US, Los Angeles uses the 911 system. Should you find yourself in any kind of emergency, you can call 911 from any phone to connect with fire, police or ambulance departments. This is true for landlines as well as domestic cell phones. There are also many hospitals, fire stations and police departments scattered throughout the city, so getting to know which is closest, as well as the fastest, route to get there, is always a good idea. If you are travelling from abroad, it is also a good idea to know the phone number of your local consulate, which can be of assistance should you find yourself facing legal obstacles. Make sure to have a list of phone numbers for credit card companies set aside in case you lose your wallet.