Headed To The Inauguration?

Word on the street is that something big is happening in D.C. on January 20. An inauguration, perhaps?

I actually have a personal connection to the event — my mom and brother have tickets and have talked of nothing else for the past few weeks. Since I want them (and you!) to be safe and sound, I thought I’d share these great inauguration tips from the national Red Cross folks.

Here are just a few:

  • Wear warm, comfortable shoes because you will probably be standing for a long time and walking long distances.
  • Check the weather forecast and dress appropriately. When possible, dress in layers.
  • Have cash with you to purchase food and drink, and pay for mass transit tickets and parking.
  • If you take any medications, bring it with you because there will be delays in getting to and from events.
  • If you are driving, be sure to have a full tank of gas before you leave. Otherwise you may become stranded while waiting in traffic.
  • Be aware that it may be difficult to talk or send pictures from your cell phone. Send text messages instead of making calls whenever possible.

For more helpful inauguration-related links, visit Red Cross Chat.


  • So, did your family follow your advice and make it? I heard a lot of people were passing out from standing in the cold for so long and the Red Cross volunteers were taking care of them at first aid stations.

  • Wow, that’s scary stuff. Good thing there were Red Crossers who could help!

    No word from my mom and bro since the big event. My brother did text me over the weekend to say that he found a good pub, so it sounds like he’s found at least one way to stay warm in DC…

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