Guidelines for Transportation Emergency Training Drills and Exercises

Emergency preparedness is necessary to maximize the safety and security of passengers, employees, and emergency responders, as well as the general public, when an emergency event occurs that involves vehicles or infrastructure (including power supplies and communications links) of transportation systems in the United States. Preparedness requires a significant amount of planning and the involvement of all members of the emergency community including law enforcement, fire services, emergency management agencies, and emergency medical services. The result should be a detailed plan for responding to a variety of anticipated events and, to a reasonable degree, unexpected events. Many transportation systems have developed and conducted effective drills and exercises for years and, as a result, have defined and refined their plans and capabilities. However, not all transportation agencies have participated in well-planned drills. Consequently, guidelines and tools are needed to aid in the design, development, and implementation of a range of training drills and exercises. The objective of this project is to develop a guide for use by transportation drill and exercise coordinators. The guide shall support activities that are multimodal and scalable and that exercise transportation systems, including transportation employees, other responders, and other affected entities. The exercises program will cover preparedness activities to prevent, respond to, and recover from threatened and actual domestic terrorist attacks, major disasters, and other emergencies. The guide will be used to (1) develop multimodal, multi-agency exercise-program objectives, (2) design and manage individual drills and exercises, (3) manage the evaluation of exercises and the development of after-action reports and recommendations, and (4) identify resources available to support development and execution of the drill program.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $200000.00
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project J-10C

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Transit Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    Transit Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001
  • Project Managers:

    Parker, Stephan

  • Performing Organizations:

    McCormick, Taylor & Associates, Incorporated

    Two Commerce Square
    2001 Market Street
    Philadlphia, PA  United States  19103
  • Principal Investigators:

    Boyd, Annabelle

  • Start Date: 20040701
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20051130
  • Source Data: RiP Project 11714

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01460589
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transit Cooperative Research Program
  • Contract Numbers: Project J-10C
  • Files: RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 1:33PM