NCHRP Implementation Support Program. Implementing An Emergency Management Playbook for State Transportation Agencies

Transportation’s critical role in emergency management stems from the broad range of capabilities and responsibilities a transportation agency has, that is, large and distributed workforces, easy access to heavy equipment, and a robust communications infrastructure. State transportation agencies have important resources that can be made available in the event of emergencies, such as transportation management centers, situation awareness, and field staff. The objectives of NCHRP 20-116, An Emergency Management Playbook for State Transportation Agencies were (1) to develop a playbook to support emergency management program review and development for state transportation agencies and (2) to develop and execute a deployment strategy to familiarize the affected transportation agencies of every state with the playbook and supporting emergency management materials. In spring of 2020 the research team, with support from the project panel, pivoted to provide real-time documentation and guidance to transportation agencies on effective emerging practices related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The panel and research team understood that in-person training and travel would not be possible under the pandemic restrictions, and that the proposed Pandemic Playbook would fill an urgent need. The proposed Emergency Management (EM) Playbook training implementation would include three activities: (1) deploy multi-state training that was included in the original 20-116 project that was deferred due the COVID-19 pandemic; (2) conduct interviews with participants at the national events to determine topics for the regional events and recommendations for ways to incorporate the training materials into existing DOT training; and (3) enhance the training materials that were developed for the 20-116 project based on the interviews and feedback during the training sessions.


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Funding: $212000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-44(54)

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Zelinski, Patrick

  • Start Date: 20231011
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01887819
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-44(54)
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: Jul 17 2023 11:41PM