Emergency Preparedness Resources –
For Commuters

If you commute to work or school you may not be at home during an emergency. Keep a small Go-Bag in your car or at work. It should include sturdy walking shoes and a local map in case you have to walk home or to a shelter.

In Your Car:

  • Know alternate routes–roads may be damaged or congested after a disaster and be unpassable.
  • Keep a half tank of gas in your car at all times in case you need to evacuate.
  • If there is an explosion, earthquake or other factor that makes it difficult to control the vehicle, pull over, stop the car and set the parking brake.
  • If the emergency could impact the physical stability of the roadway, avoid overpasses, bridges, power lines, signs and other hazards.
  • If a power line falls on your car you are at risk of electrical shock, stay inside until a trained person removes the wire.
  • Listen to the radio for information and instructions as they become available.

On Mass Transit:

Mass transit systems may be vulnerable to both accidents and terrorist incidents. Mass transit customers should be aware and vigilant. Be well informed and know your surroundings.

  • Familiarize yourself with bus stops and light rail stations and what alternative means of transportation exist. During an emergency some or all of public transit may be disrupted.
  • Know the location of emergency exits on bus and light rail and how to operate it
  • Locate intercoms to report suspicious packages, substances or activities on light rail
  • Inform bus operator of any suspicious packages, substances or activities
  • In an emergency situation remain calm and listen for station, train or bus announcements
  • Do not prevent train or bus doors from closing
  • Follow instructions given by transit or rescue personnel. Proceed in an orderly fashion.
  • If you see something, say something! Report all suspicious parcels, bags or containers to the nearest police officer or transit employee. Never touch a suspicious object.
  • If you are instructed to evacuate, take your belongings (but leave your bicycle behind).
  • If you are traveling with others, stay together.
  • Assist elderly or disabled persons.

Click here to return to the main page and find out how you and your employees can be prepared for an emergency. You can also learn what to do in response to a specific disaster.