A Transportation Guide for All-Hazards Emergency Evacuation

Emergency evacuations--especially of major cities--have taken on new prominence following Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Large evacuations are not uncommon; for example, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission has documented that evacuations of 1,000-plus persons occur every 2 or 3 weeks, from diverse causes. In addition, other significant events have highlighted the need for improved, integrated evacuation planning and procedures for state and local departments of transportation (DOTs) and emergency management agencies. Most evacuation guidance is produced by state emergency management agencies. That guidance needs to be augmented with transportation specifics in order for state and local DOTs to produce viable operational plans and to provide expert technical advice within state and local Emergency Operations Centers, Transportation Management Centers, and Fusion Centers (or their equivalents) during actual events. This need has been expressed by state DOT emergency-planning personnel at USDOT-hosted exercises and in after-action reports. Research is needed to take the significant amount of completed research and documents now available and consolidate it into practical all-hazards, all-modes evacuation guidance for use at the state and local level. The objective of this research is to develop an all-hazards emergency evacuation guide for transportation and emergency management agencies that integrates the broad community of resources that are necessary to plan, train, exercise, and execute evacuations. The primary audiences are those at the state and local level who are responsible for planning (and execution or support) of an evacuation within a state, including but not limited to transportation, public safety, and emergency management. The Guide will be of interest to other entities involved in support of evacuations, including transit, paratransit, advisors on access and functional needs, fire, law enforcement, public works, and health and human services, as appropriate, to be able to mobilize evacuation resources and make well-considered tactical decisions. The Guide is designed to be applicable on a state, multi-state, or cross-jurisdictional border basis.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-59(32)

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

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

    American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

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

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

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

    Parker, Stephan

  • Performing Organizations:

    Louis Berger and Associates International, Incorporated

    1819 H Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20006-
  • Principal Investigators:

    Matherly, Deborah

  • Start Date: 20100427
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20120430
  • Source Data: RiP Project 23393

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01464119
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Cooperative Highway Research Program
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-59(32)
  • Files: TRB, RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 2:36PM