Stay healthy and safe when traveling this season

‘Tis the holiday season: a time of year when many of us travel to celebrate with friends and family. It’s also a time of year for bad weather, colds and flu and big crowds. So while you’re thinking about how many gifts to pack in your bags, take some time to prepare for travel emergencies.
  • Bad weather: Before heading off to grandma’s house, check the weather forecast so you know the risks of the place you’re visiting. Check out Get Ready’s winter weather page for tips, and share them with those you’re going to visit. If traveling by car, pack an emergency supply kit so you’re ready in case of severe weather. Check out Get Ready’s driving disasters fact sheet so you know how to stay safe on the road. Talk to your family and friends ahead of time about an emergency plan, and write down the names and phone numbers of emergency contacts in addition to having them in your phone.
  • Colds and flu: Fall and winter are cold and flu season. On your way to your holiday destination, you’ll likely come in contact with lots of people. To avoid the spread of germs, remember to always wash your hands with clean, running water and soap and if you don’t have a tissue, use your upper sleeve or elbow (not your hands!) to cover your nose and mouth when you cough or sneeze. And before you head out on your trip, get your flu shot! (http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/keyfacts.htm) You don’t want to miss out on holiday fun because you’re sick. But in case you do get sick, get the supplies you’ll need ahead of time so you don’t have to battle the crowds at the stores. Read Get Ready’s fact sheet on cold and flu supplies and stock up now.
  • Crowd safety: Many of us will travel through crowded airports or train or bus stations this winter on the way to visit friends and family for the holidays. Or maybe you’ll take in a parade or sporting event. But remember: large crowds can pose dangers. Keep yourself and your companions healthy by making sure you’re prepared for these situations. Learn more about crowd safety with our Get Ready fact sheet.    
The Get Ready team wishes you and your loved ones a joyful and safe holiday season! Take the time to prepare for travel emergencies today so you can enjoy your time with family and friends.


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