Metro raises rider awareness during National Preparedness Month
New signs and announcements are part of ongoing effort
September is National Preparedness Month and Metro aims to raise riders’ awareness of the Metro Transit Police telephone number so that riders know how to contact the police department. Metro also is hosting a series of informational outreach events at six Metrorail stations throughout the month to talk with riders and help them prepare for emergency situations affecting Metro service.
As part of Metro’s efforts to increase awareness of its police department’s 24-hour telephone number, starting this month, a new public service announcement by U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will play in the rail system to remind riders that if they see something suspicious, they should say something. “Report all suspicious activity on buses, trains or in stations to a Metro employee or call the Metro Transit Police at 202-962-2121,” Napolitano says.
Metro also this week began installing signs on Metrobuses that provide the Metro Transit Police emergency telephone number. Work is also underway to begin to install signs on station kiosks and elevators. The signs are printed in English and Spanish.
Metro’s Office of Emergency Management will host a series of informational outreach events at six Metrorail stations throughout the month to talk with riders and help them prepare for emergency situations. Metro personnel also will distribute literature on Metrorail safety, creating alternate routes and emergency planning. The events scheduled include:
Metro’s Office of Emergency Management also will be participating in events at local and federal government agencies, and private businesses throughout the region to help area employers and employees prepare for emergencies.
To help riders prepare for an unexpected event or emergency situation on Metrorail, Metrobus or MetroAccess, Metro encourages riders to take three simple steps:
For more information on emergency preparedness, including practical, how-to guides visit Metro’s Web site .
News release issued at 3:00 pm, September 1, 2010.