Improving Emergency Evacuation Preparedness: Policy and Organizational Implications for Transportation Agencies

When Hurricanes Katrina and Rita ravaged the United States' Gulf Coast in 2005, the storms revealed woeful inadequacies in our nation's emergency preparedness and response capacities, particularly as to how we plan for and execute large-scale evacuations. Since then, all levels of government have striven to improve the ways in which the public sector manages the mass movement of people in the face of a major disaster. This project builds on previous work by Howitt and Giles, on changes select metropolitan areas have made to evacuation planning and implementation. It will extend this research by refining and presenting their findings into a book-length manuscript or a series of articles on preparing for and managing mass evacuations. Given the complications disasters can cause for traffic management and infrastructure, along with the pivotal role surface transportation plays in support of emergency evacuations, this study directly addresses the New England University Transportation Center's (NEUTC) theme of strategic management of disruptive change in transportation systems - with a specific focus on disruptive environments.


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    • Status: Active
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    • Sponsor Organizations:

      Research and Innovative Technology Administration

      Department of Transportation
      1200 New Jersey Avneue, SE
      Washington, DC  United States  20590
    • Principal Investigators:

      Howitt, Arnold

    • Start Date: 20100901
    • Expected Completion Date: 0
    • Actual Completion Date: 20120831
    • Source Data: RiP Project 29311

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    • Accession Number: 01480747
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: New England University Transportation Center
    • Contract Numbers: DTRT07-G-0001, HVDR23-1
    • Files: RiP
    • Created Date: May 7 2013 1:01AM