Friday, September 18, 2009

Help us keep AC Transit safe


AC Transit's top priority is your safety. In partnership with several regional transit agencies, we've recently placed signs and brochures on AC Transit buses with safety tips.

AC Transit, in partnership with several regional transit agencies, has placed signs and brochures on buses to remind you to stay alert, and have a plan of action in case you notice suspicious activity or packages while waiting for the bus or some other public transit service. Onboard brochures include tips for identifying potential problems and for being prepared in the event of a dangerous or unusual situation.

Transit Watch is simple: AC Transit is a community of citizens -- passengers and riders -- and we all have a responsibility to look out for the safety of one another. Let's all watch out for each other, and make keep transit safe.

Refer to the following tips:
  • Be informed and have a plan for action when riding public transportation
  • Familiarize yourself with bus stops and transit centers
  • Know the location of emergency exits on the bus
  • Inform bus operator of any suspicious packages, substances or activities
  • In an emergency situation, remain calm and listen for bus announcements
  • Do not prevent bus doors from closing
  • Follow instructions given by AC Transit employees. Proceed in an orderly fashion.

Be on the alert for suspicious objects or substances. If you spot an unattended package or object, look for the following:
  • Placement in an out-of-the-way location
  • Individuals in the act of abandoning the object, package or substance and quickly leaving the area
  • Objects with unusual items attached such as batteries, wires, tanks, bottles or bags with an attached message or note
  • A suspicious cloud, mist, gas, vapor, odor or seeping fluid
  • Nearby individuals showing signs of illness or distress.

What to do:
DO NOT confront suspicious individuals or touch suspicious objects,packages or substances. Call the Alameda County Sheriff's Office (AC Transit Police Services at (510) 268-7905 or call 911 immediately, or contact a AC Transit employee. Do not use a cellular phone until you are a safe distance away (approximately 300 feet). If possible, use a landline phone to report asuspicious object, package or substance.

Personal Preparedness tips:
  • Create an advanced plan for maintaining contact with family members if separated as a result of an emergency
  • Create an advanced plan for maintaining contact with close friends and colleagues during an extended emergency period
  • Keep a record of all contact and emergency information and update it regularly as needed
  • Select a location outside your home as a family meeting point should your home need to be evacuated
  • Identify alternate routes and means of reaching your meeting point in the event your
  • main route is impassible
  • Keep a local map handy for reference
  • Make sure your emergency information and contact numbers are with you at all times.

BE INFORMED. BE INVOLVED. BE ALERT. BE PREPARED.

The regional security awareness campaign, initiated by BART's Security Programs, was funded by a 2008 Transit Security grant from the Department of Homeland Security. The program is based on the Transit Watch campaign used by the federal Transit Security Administrations.

Your efforts will go a long way toward maintaining the safety and security of our AC Transit community.

For more information about Transit Watch, visit the Federal Transit Administration Nationwide Transit Safety and Security Awareness Program

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