Office of Emergency Preparedness Mission
Our mission is to effectively respond to any emergency impacting public health through preparation, collaboration, education and rapid intervention. VDH Emergency Preparedness involves state, regional and local emergency response partners working together to enhance readiness to respond to all hazards, including bioterrorism, infectious disease outbreaks and other public health emergencies.
Holiday Travel Safety Tips
It's that time of year --- food, festivities, friends, and family. This means it is the holiday travel season. Just as you prepare for other emergencies, take a moment and make sure you prepare for emergencies during your travels.
Follow these safety tips to make the most of your holiday celebrations.
Traveling by Plane:
- Give yourself enough time to arrive at the airport early - there may be a longer wait than usual for the holidays
- Families take advantage of TSA’s popular family lanes.
- Thanksgiving travels --read Thanksgiving Holiday Travel Tips: Your Questions Answered
- Holiday travels -- read Holiday Travel Questions Answered
Traveling by Train:
- Carry a personal emergency kit in your bags
- Bring activities to keep yourself and family entertained during the trip.
Traveling by Car:
- Have an emergency kit in your car
- Plan your trip ahead of time, and let friends and family know the route and your anticipated time of arrival
- “Are we there yet?” Bring activities, games, and books to keep the little ones entertained so you can focus on arriving at your destination safely.