TRANSIT WATCH and HIGHWAY WATCH
Let’s Count on each other for a safe ride!
The Yolo County Transportation District has implemented the Transit Watch program, in cooperation with US Department of Homeland Security, the US Department of Transportation, and Federal Transit Administration. The program provides information to passengers to help involve and educate them in transit system safety and security.
Yolobus employees have also received training through the Transportation Security Administration’s Highway Watch program. Highway Watch is the roadway sector's national safety and security program that uses the skills, experiences, and "road smarts" of America's transportation workers to help protect the nation's critical infrastructure and the transportation of goods, services, and people.
The program conducts anti-terrorism and safety awareness training for highway professionals, and then shares and analyzes observations collected from its members though its Highway Watch Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ISAC). The Highway Watch ISAC works collaboratively with law enforcement, federal intelligence agencies, and transportation industry leaders. In addition to sharing information, Highway Watch helps to enhance preparedness in transportation through its Emergency Planning and Education Center (EPEC). The EPEC assists the transportation sector to be ready for potential terrorist attacks or natural disasters through research and technology demonstrations.
Safety and security are critical issues to passengers and transit employees alike. Various aspects of daily life and travel involve some risks, of course. However, making your ride as safe and secure as it can possibly be depends on everyone working together. An emergency evacuation is rare. However, under certain circumstances passengers may need to be evacuated as a safety precaution or to avoid danger.
Police emergencies, natural disasters (flooding, earthquakes and the like), fires, and collisions are among various situations that require quick thinking and action in order to avoid potential dangers. In the unlikely event that an evacuation is required, it is very important to be calm and listen to announcements or instructions from uniformed officials.
During an evacuation:
- - Locate the nearest accessible exit –– it may be an emergency door or window.
- - Look around as you prepare to exit the transit vehicle or facility in order to avoid hazards, such as smoke, debris and unusual substances.
- - Report anything hazardous or unusual to emergency personnel.
- - Notice others who may need help and offer assistance. Children, the elderly and disabled individuals may require help from others during an evacuation.
- Pay attention to announcements.
- - Listen and remain calm.
- - Follow the instructions from transit employees and emergency personnel.
- Move quickly toward safety, leaving behind large or unwieldy objects like suitcases, strollers and heavy items.
- - If evacuation is not possible through normal doors, use emergency doors or windows to exit safely.
- - Be on the lookout for hazards and people to help, and listen to transit employees and emergency personnel while you leave the area.