In today's world, it's more important than ever to be prepared
for emergencies. They can occur quickly and without warning, so
planning is a crucial first step toward a calm and effective
response. The American Red Cross has worked with the U.S. Department
of Transportation/Federal Transit Administration and the American
Public Transit Association to develop information to help you
prepare for emergencies while commuting.
your family will stay in contact if separated by an emergency:
- Make sure people close to you know how to reach you and you
know how to reach them.
- Designate an out-of-town friend or relative to be the contact
point for your family. In an emergency, it may be easier to call
long distance as local phone lines may become overloaded.
- Write down your contact information and encourage each member
of your family to do the same. Keep it current and keep it with
you. Information may include:
- Your transit system telephone number and Web site address:
- Local transit police (non-emergency): ___________
- Local transit police emergency number: ___________
- Your local American Red Cross chapter telephone number and
Web side address: _______
- Your emergency phone number: ______________
- Family emergency phone numbers: ________ _____________
- An out-of-town contact: Name________ Phone number
- Your family emergency meeting place: _________
- Identify a location outside your neighborhood where your
family can meet if your home is effected or the area is evacuated
- Take time now to learn alternate routes and ways to get where
you need to go. There are often multiple ways to reach a
- Keep a local map with you in case you need to walk or take
another form of transportation.
- For more information on how to prepare your family, home and
business for emergencies, contact < a
target="_blank">your local American Red Cross chapter, your
local transit authority and the U.S. Department of Homeland
Security at http://www.ready.gov/
- Ask your employer if there is an emergency plan for your
workplace and incorporate it into your personal plan.
- Occasionally review, update and practice your preparedness
- While commuting, carry with you a small flashlight, dust mask
and a pair of protective gloves.
If the train stops,
follow the operator's instructions quickly and calmly.
extreme emergency when you must evacuate the train without the
operator's assistance, follow posted emergency procedures.
Familiarize yourself with all
the exits at the stations that you use in case you ever have to take
a different exit.
Listen for announcements and follow
instructions quickly and calmly.
Follow the bus operator's instructions.
Emergency exit procedures are listed on windows, ceiling escape
hatches and on doors.
WMATA Metro Safety Video
This tool, created by the
Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), can help
people prepare for emergency evacuation on Metro and bus lines.
These general precautions and safety tips may also be used when
evacuating any kind of mass transit: http://www.wmata.com/riding/safety/evac.swf
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