If you're like me, you're looking forward to SMART starting passenger service Friday. You've probably checked boarding times, figured out how much each round-trip will cost and have made a list of all the things you want to do during the ride since you won't be stuck behind the wheel in traffic. But are you aware of the rules?
SMART recently posted their Code of Conduct on their website, sharing the things you can and can't do while riding the train. The usual rules apply: no soliciting, supervise your children and don't threaten other passengers. But what about rules for bikes? What items are NOT allowed on the train? Is cell phone use permitted?
It's the first time in a long time Sonoma County has had a train, so it's a good time to brush up on how to behave. Before heading to the station, make sure you're up to date on what's allowed, and what you should leave at home by scrolling through the rules in our gallery above.
FEMA Tips for Preparing for Evacuation
Before you leave, if you have time...
— Shut all windows and doors and leave unlocked
— Remove all flammable window shades and curtains. Close metal shutters
— Move flammable furniture to the center of the room, away from windows and doors
— Shut off the gas at the meter and turn off pilot lights
— Leave your lights on so firefighters can see your house through smoke
— Shut off heat and AC.
— Gather up flammable items from ouside your house and bring them inside. Things like patio furniture, toys, door mats, trash cans, etc.
— Turn off propane tanks and move propane barbecue appliances away from structures
— Fill water buckets and place them around the house
— Back your car into the driveway, nose facing the street, loaded with go bag and precious items. Close all doors and windows of your car.
— Seal attic and ground vents with pre-cut plywood or commercial seals.
— Keep a ladder available if you need it for excape and place it at the corner of the house for firefighers to access your roof.
Calfire: Comprehensive site with information on fire safety inside and outside the home and for preparing a defensible space around your home. Fire.ca.gov/communications/communications_firesafety
FEMA: A full guide to citizen preparedness for a range of disasters. www.fema.gov/pdf/areyouready/areyouready_full.pdf
Ready.gov: Comprehensive site with consumer information on how to create household emergency and evacuation plans.
Halterproject.org: Assists with evacuation of large animals. (707) 565-4406.