Traveling by car?
Many people hit the road for the holidays. Don’t let weather, mechanical trouble or the unexpected get in the way of celebrating. Here are some tips for having a safe road trip for the holidays:
Our friends with the American Red Cross have a webpage for staying safe while on the highway: www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/highway-safety.
Stay up to date with the latest traffic information from your local DOT, which could include:
- Calling 511
- Downloading an app
- Signing up for alerts via e-mail or text
- Keep an emergency kit in your car. www.ready.gov/car has a list of items you may want to include in your car’s kit.
Vehicle Safety Tips
- Keep your gas tank full in case of evacuation or power outages. A full tank will also keep the fuel line from freezing
- Install good winter tires and ensure they have adequate tread or any jurisdiction-required chains or studs
- Do not drive through flooded areas. Six inches of water can cause a vehicle to lose control or possibly stall. A foot of water will float many cars.
- Be aware of areas where floodwaters have receded. Roads may have weakened and could collapse under the weight of a car.
- If a power line falls on your car you are at risk of electrical shock, stay inside until a trained person removes the wire.
- If there is an explosion 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
- Visit: READY/Car safety and FEMA/travels
Traveling by airplane?
People Traveling by PlaneIf you’re taking a plane for the holidays, you don’t want the journey to get in the way of your destination. Reviewing items to pack, anticipating delays and airport safety will help you arrive safely:
- From our friends with the Transportation Security Administration: travel tips to help you prepare for the screening process: www.tsa.gov/travel/travel-tips.
- Make sure to leave early.
- Pack basic items for a travel emergency kit – flashlight, batteries, spare USB phone battery.
People Traveling with ChildrenFamily safety is a top priority when traveling, especially when it comes to children.
- Whether it’s for the emergency kit in your home, the car or your suitcase, it’s a good idea to have items for children – www.ready.gov/kids/family-emergency-planning/build-a-kit, just in case. Consider packing a game or two.
- Monster Guard is the first mobile app created by the American Red Cross that’s designed specifically for kids; available at www.redcross.org/monsterguard. Follow Maya, Chad, Olivia, and all the monsters as they teach kids (aged 7-11) about how to prepare for the real-life emergencies-at home plus other environments-in a fun and engaging game.
Traveling with your pets?
Many people consider their pets members of the family. Whether you take Fido or Fluffy with you for the holidays, the following information will ensure all family members, even the furry, scaled or spiny ones, are safe:
- If you’re going to be on the road with your animal companions for the holidays, make sure that your car or travel emergency kit includes items for your pet – www.ready.gov/animals – such as water and food. Something familiar such as toy or comforting like a blanket can help alleviate stress.
- You probably already have a photo of your pet on your phone, but in case you do not, take one now for identification purposes. A photo of you with your pet may be best, so break out the selfie stick – emergency preparedness can be fun. Have digital copies of your pets’ medical records available.
- If you’re staying in a hotel, consider a “pets inside” sticker for your door. (This is also a good idea for your home.) If you evacuate with your pets and time allows, please write “EVACUATED” over the sticker so rescuers know they don’t need to spend time looking for them. #SafeTravels!
- Make sure that your car or travel emergency kit includes items for your pet such as water and food. Something familiar such as a toy or comforting like a blanket can help alleviate stress.
- You probably already have a photo of your pet on your phone, but in case you do not, take some now for identification purposes. A photo of you with your pet may be best, so break out the selfie stick – emergency preparedness can be fun.
- Have digital copies of your pets’ medical records available.
Visit: Ready.gov/prepare or FEMA.gov for more information, be safe and HAPPY Holidays!