As the primary agency responsible for the safe and effective movement of vehicles and pedestrians, the District Department of Transportation is committed to ensuring residents, visitors, and businesses are prepared to use the transportation system in the District of Columbia and the National Capitol Region during an emergency. Working closely with our Federal, Virginia, and Maryland partners, the District Department of Transportation has taken a number of steps to ensure our plans are coordinated and up to date with best practices.
The updated “Transportation Tips During an Emergency Incident” pamphlet [PDF] provides general advice in determining whether and how you should evacuate, on creating a family emergency plan which includes a mobile access plan and general transportation tips for dealing with emergencies.
If evacuation is necessary, DDOT has identified nineteen (19) principal evacuation routes to evacuate the District. These routes can also help drivers get into and out of our city during major non-emergency events, such as July 4th. Additionally, signage on these routes will assist visitors and others who travel our roads every day and may not be familiar with out transportation system. The guide also contains tips on various means to obtain information during an emergency.
We hope you find the information helpful to you and your family in preparing for emergencies as well as moving about our city and our region everyday. We invite you to visit our website for updates, helpful links, and additional DDOT services.