- 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 emergency contact information and encourage each member of your family to do the same. Keep it current and keep it with you. Information may include:
- Take time now to learn alternate routes and ways to get where you need to go. There are often multiple ways to reach a destination.
-̶ 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 and phone number
̶-̶ Your family emergency meeting place
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.
- 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.