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Countries differ in many ways -- language, culture, food, etc. However, there are certain fundamentals that ring true no matter where you are, One constant you can find in countries is the police. They might have different names, but they all pretty much are responsible for the same thing. Enforcing the law and protecting citizens. If some attack or terrorist incident did occur they would be the ones who would know. So if you are staying in an area that might be prone to acts of terror you might want to make sure you know where the police station closest to you is located. Plus, make a note of the phone number.