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Safe Travels

Welcome to the Safe Travels page where you can find tips about how to get to your destination safely for the holidays. We focus on people traveling with kids, pets, from campus, by plane and by car. Holidays are about spending time with the people you care about, so a safe journey is essential. We've worked with partners across FEMA Region 10 in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington to provide easy tips to help you along the way. You're welcome to share your own tips using the hashtag #SafeTravels on your social channels, and to share any of the content below with your audiences. You'll find general messaging, social media shareables, and an e-mail template.

Overview

From December 15 - 30, we will focus on safe travels messages the holidays, whether you’ll be on the road, up in the air, traveling with children or pets, leaving campus or looking for tips to stay healthy.
Key messages for:

People 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.
People Traveling by Plane
If 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.

Students Leaving Campus

If you’re leaving your classmates to spend time closer to home, take care before you depart and while on the road.
  • Unplug space heaters.
  • Lock doors and windows.
  • Keep valuables and important documents with you.

People Traveling with Children

Family 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 real-life emergencies-at home plus other environments-in a fun and engaging game.
  • Some disasters strike without any warning, and family members may not all be in the same place. Make a plan now so that you will know what to do, how to find each other, and how to communicate in an emergency. Make sure the kids are involved in planning using resources using the newly redesigned  www.ready.gov/kids.

Travelers Who Have Pets

Many people consider their pets members of the family. Whether you take Fido or Fluffy with you, the following information will ensure all family members, even the furry, scaled or spiny ones, are safe for the holidays:

  • Make sure that your car or travel emergency kit includes items for your pet 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 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.

Social Media Shareables

We have content for short and long-format posts. Please adapt for your audiences  and social channels as appropriate.

Campaign Kickoff – Sunday, December 15

Image features a graphic illustration of a car with icons of several items ideal for a car emergency supply kit including an ice scraper, water, kitty litter, a shovel, a flashlight, a cell phone and charger, and a jacket. At the bottom left is the America’s Prepareathon logo.

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Many people will be on the move for the holidays, so this week we’ll be sharing travel safety tips in partnership with agencies across the Pacific Northwest. Join the conversation with your travel tips and tricks by using the hashtag #SafeTravels.

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Many people will be on the move for the holidays, so this week we’ll be sharing travel safety tips in partnership with other agencies across the Pacific Northwest. We’ll focus on steps you can take to stay safe while traveling from campus, with children, with pets, by car, and by plane. You’re welcome to join the conversation with your travel tips and tricks by using the hashtag #SafeTravels.

Monday, December 16 – Traveling with Pets

 Don't forget about spot! Make sure your car or travel emergency kit includes items for your pet.

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Are you taking your pets with you for the holidays? When you pack, add a few emergency items for them for #SafeTravels.

Traveling with your pet for the holidays? Have a photo of the 2 of you to ID & verify ownership in case you're separated. #SafeTravels!

Consider a “pets inside” sticker for your door for #SafeTravels if you’re staying in a hotel w/your pets. (Also a good idea for your home.)

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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!

Tuesday, December 17 - Parents Traveling with Kids

 Kids have other things to think about. Remember to include emergency items for the kids when you pack.

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For #SafeTravels w/your family for the holidays, remember to include emergency items for the kids when you pack - www.ready.gov/kids/family-emergency-planning/build-a-kit.

For the holidays, let the kids play www.DisasterHero.com (you will want to too). It’s fun, interactive & encourages disaster prep.

For a game for the road, check out www.redcross.org/monsterguard from the @RedCross.
Have you discussed a family communication plan? Visit www.ready.gov/kids/make-a-plan  for #SafeTravels for the holidays.

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Family safety is a top priority when traveling, especially when it comes to children. We know that when the kids are safe and happy, you’re happy, so check these tips for #SafeTravels with the family:

  • 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 sharing the app Monster Guard - www.redcross.org/monsterguard - with your precious cargo for the holidays; it’s fun, and teaches players about natural hazards and disaster preparedness for real-life emergencies-at home and elsewhere.
  • Some disasters strike without any warning, and family members may not all be in the same place. Make a plan now so that you will know what to do, how to find each other, and how to communicate in an emergency. Make sure the kids are involved in planning, and visit www.ready.gov/kids/family-emergency-planning/make-a-plan to help you make a family communication plan.

Wednesday, December 18 - Students

 Leaving campus for the holidays? Pack basic emergency items like a first aid kit, spare batter for your phone and any medication you may need.

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College students! When you go home for the holidays, take time to double check to unplug space heaters, lock up, and make sure you’re ready for the ride. Pack basic emergency items like a first aid kit, spare battery for your phone, and medication you may need. #SafeTravels!

Our partners at the University of Alaska in Fairbanks 6 Tips For Students Traveling Home For The Holidays in this fun listicle: https://www.buzzfeed.com/uaf/6-tips-for-students-traveling-home-for-the-holiday-er29kxu2vz. #SafeTravels!

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Calling all college students! If you’re leaving campus to spend time closer to home for the holidays, take care before you depart and while on the road.

  • Unplug space heaters.
  • Lock doors and windows.
  • Keep valuables and important documents with you.
  • Have an emergency kit for your car or suitcase, just in case. Include a first aid kit, spare battery to charge your phone and any medication.

Thursday, December 19 – Road trippers

 Be ready for the road. Our cars don't always work perfectly. make sure you're ready to deal with being stranded during winter weather.

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Ready for your road trip? Get there safely w/tips from the @RedCross: www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/highway-safety. Wishing you #SafeTravels.

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If you’re traveling by car for the holidays, take a moment to make sure you’re prepared:

  1. Stock your car’s emergency kit with items such as a blanket or extra jacket, flashlight, and snacks. www.Ready.gov/car
  2. Check your local DOT for updates and conditions. If available, sign up for travel alerts.
  3. Remember safety is priority #1 for you and your passengers. These tips from the Red Cross - www.redcross.org/prepare/disaster/highway-safety - will help get you to your destination safely.

Wishing you all #SafeTravels for the holidays.

Friday, December 20 – Jet Setters

 www.tsa.gov/travel/travel-tips

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If you’re traveling by plane for the holidays, review these security screening tips - www.tsa.gov/travel/travel-tips - from the @TSA. #SafeTravels

If you’re packing for a flight, consider a small emergency kit: first aid kit, spare battery to charge your phone, and any medications. Wishing you #SafeTravels.

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If you’re flying somewhere for the holidays, take a moment and ensure #SafeTravels with these tips:

  • Consider a small emergency kit for your suitcase with items such as a first aid kit, spare battery to charge your phone, and any medications.
  • Take a moment to review the security screening process - www.tsa.gov/travel/travel-tips from the TSA.

Saturday, December 21 – Staying Healthy
 Don't sleep and drive! When traveling make sure you get enough sleep. If you feel drowsy, pull over and take a quick nap.

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If you’re driving for the holiday, make sure you’re rested and alert enough to drive. #SafeTravels

Coffee and other stimulants don’t make up for being well-rested. Make sure you’re safe to drive before heading out on the road. #SafeTravels

For #SafeTravels, it’s better to arrive late than run into trouble along the road. Use good judgement around whether you AND road conditions are safe to drive before heading out.

Keep yourself healthy while flying by getting enough rest, eating well, boosting your immune system, and washing your hands. #SafeTravels

If you must fly or use mass transit while sick, wear a mask and wash your hands frequently to protect other travelers and prevent yourself from catching a secondary illness.

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For yours and everyone’s public health, use this checklist for #SafeTravels and to make the most of your time getting to and from friends and family this holiday:

  • If you’re driving, make sure you’re rested and alert enough to drive.
  • Coffee and other stimulants don’t make up for being well-rested.
  • It’s better to arrive late than run into trouble along the road. Use good judgement around whether road conditions are safe to drive before heading out.
  • Keep yourself healthy while flying by getting enough rest, eating well, boosting your immune system, and washing your hands.
  • If you must fly or use mass transit while sick, wear a mask and wash your hands frequently to protect other travelers and prevent yourself from catching a secondary illness.

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Travel Safe this Holiday Season

Are you traveling for the holidays? Whether you’re a road tripper or air traveler we want you to arrive safely at your destination.

In coordination with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and our partners, we put together tips for you at www.fema.gov/safetravels to improve your travel experience. Learn what to include in an emergency kit for your car or while traveling on a plan, how to obtain the latest traffic information, or planning for emergencies when traveling with pets.

Follow the hashtag #SafeTravels for tips throughout the holiday season. You can join in the #SafeTravels conversation with your own travel tips.

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Travel Safe this Holiday Season

Are you traveling for the holidays? Whether you’re a road tripper or air traveler we want you to arrive safely at your destination. In coordination with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and our partners, we put together tips for you to improve your travel experience. 

Traveling by car?

Don’t let weather, mechanical trouble or the unexpected get in the way of your travel plans.

Traveling by plane?

If you’re taking a plane for the holidays, anticipate delays and security requirements.

  • Consider a small emergency kit for your suitcase with items such as a flashlight, batteries, a USB power bank and a first aid kit.
  • The Transportation Security Administration fun tips to help you prepare for the screening process: www.tsa.gov/travel/travel-tips.

Heading abroad?

For those crossing borders, consider using the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program – step.state.gov/step/ – register your trip abroad with the Department of State, and help the U.S. Embassy contact you in an emergency, whether natural disaster, civil unrest, or family emergency. Keep the Overseas Citizen Services number handy to call when abroad – +1-202-501-4444 – just in case.

Bringing along your pet?

Include plans and emergency items for your four-legged family members while traveling.

  • If you’re going to be on the road with your animal companions for the holidays, make sure that your car or luggage includes items for your pet 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 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.

Follow the hashtag #SafeTravels for tips throughout the holiday season. You can join in the #SafeTravels conversation with your own travel tips.

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Last Updated: 
12/04/2019 - 11:04