Airport Emergency Planning Template: NIMS - Incident Command System Compliance

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) released Advisory Circular (AC) 150/5200-31C titled Airport Emergency Plan (AEP). Under 31C (dated 6/19/2009), airports are required to have AEP fully compliant with the National Incident Management System (NIMS) / Incident Command System (ICS). Some airports have had difficulty getting FAA approval for their 31C compliant AEPs. Standardization among AEPs is lacking because no two airports are quite alike. Yet, AEP standardization could be improved while making them NIMS/ICS-complaint in accordance with 31C. There are software packages in the emergency management field that are used to help stakeholders write NIMS/ICS-compliant emergency operations plans. Similar software is needed to assist airports with writing the Airport Emergency Plan to be compliant with 31C. The objectives of this research are to develop (1) an electronic template that will extract airport-user input information and text through interactive sequential inquiries in order to prepare a draft airport-specific, NIMS/ICS compliant Airport Emergency Plan; (2) a user-guide, training curriculum and tools for learning how to use the template; and (3) electronic interactive instructions and guidance embedded into the template to help users understand the regulatory context of each element of the AEP with cross-references to Part 139, Advisory Circular 150/5200-31C, and other relevant documents for guidance.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $300000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 04-19

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Aviation Administration

    800 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC  United States  20591

    Airport Cooperative Research Program

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

    Navarrete, Joseph

  • Performing Organizations:

    FTI Consulting

    Washington, DC  United States 
  • Principal Investigators:

    Corzine, Scott

  • Start Date: 20151208
  • Expected Completion Date: 20180831
  • Actual Completion Date: 20180831
  • Source Data: RiP Project 37571

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01543346
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 04-19
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: Nov 13 2014 1:00AM