Amtrak Recognizes National Preparedness Month

WASHINGTON — Amtrak is joining the Federal Emergency Management Agency as a participant in National Preparedness Month. The Ready Campaign encourages Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses and communities.

Amtrak encourages passengers to be aware of their surroundings when traveling on the train and reminds travelers how to contact Amtrak Police if necessary. Amtrak also developed a National Preparedness Month calendar for passengers and employees, which includes personal safety tips for home and work.

Some personal safety tips when traveling include:

  • If you see something unusual at rail stations or on a train, say something.
  • Store 1-800-331-0008 in your mobile phone to reach Amtrak Police in case of emergency.
  • Carry a pocket-sized copy of critical phone numbers in your wallet, briefcase or hand bag.
  • Identify a staging area or communications plan if you become separated from your party.
  • Learn where Amtrak Police are available for escort to parking garages or nearby stations.

“National Preparedness Month is an opportunity to remind our passengers and employees about potential risks where we live and work,” said Amtrak Police Chief John O’Connor. “The Ready Campaign aims to reduce these risks by removing barriers to safety and by helping people equip themselves, their homes and their workplaces for emergencies.”