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Commuter Safety

Planning for Emergencies Everywhere

Emergencies 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 that arise during your commute.
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Prepare & Practice

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 plans.

While commuting, carry with you a small flashlight, dust mask and a pair of protective gloves. The Red Cross Safety Tube is also recommended. Keep a local map with you in case you need to walk or take another form of transportation.

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  • On a Train: If the train stops, follow the operator's instructions quickly and calmly. In an extreme emergency when you must evacuate the train without the operator's assistance, follow posted emergency procedures.
  • On a Station Platform: 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.
  • On a Bus: Follow the bus operator's instructions. Emergency exit procedures are listed on windows, ceiling escape hatches and on doors.
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    Be Red Cross Ready

    Everyone knows the Red Cross helps people during emergencies. But you may not know that it’s also part of our mission to help you help yourself! Becoming “Red Cross Ready” for an emergency means following our simple steps in advance to ensure you can weather a crisis safely and comfortably.

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