Visiting our Nation’s Capital? Have an evac strategy.

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If there were a natural disaster or a terrorist attack in DC, how would you get out of the city? It’s a good question, and if you don’t already have an evacuation plan in place, DC Homeland Security officials say you should make one.

The general rules apply here for everyone, everywhere. But I like this because on September 11th 2001, I was in the White House. When  I went in, everyone was in shirtsleeves, when I came out, I was evacuated onto Lafayette Square by guys in kevlar. And was then stuck in gridlocked traffic as the evac plan melted down.

Since then I always check EXIT signs, routes and have alternates in my head. I carry a flashlight and a whistle and a compass in case the building I’m in collapses, or visibility is seriously compromised. It’s important stuff.