Synthesis of Information Related to Highway Problems. Topic 44-12. Training and Exercises for All-Hazards Emergency Planning, Preparation, and Response, for Maintenance & Operations Field Personnel

The role of State Departments of Transportation (DOTs) and local Public Works agencies in all-hazards emergencies has expanded over the last decade. Emergency response is becoming a larger part of state, tribal, and local transportation staffs' responsibilities, from the front office to the front lines. And, with funding tight nationwide, public sector employees are being asked to do more with smaller staffs, including planning, preparation and response for notice and no-notice incidents. Access is needed to tools and training, including exercises, to support operations and maintenance personnel to perform reliably and effectively with other partners under the National Incident Management System (NIMS), regardless of the agencies' size or the nature of the occurrence, leading to improved preparedness for emergencies. This project will identify and synthesize existing tools, training, and exercises that can be used to effectively prepare transportation maintenance and operations forces for their roles in emergencies Topics of interest include (but are not limited to): (1) Scenario development; (2) Table-top exercises; (3) Simulations; (4) Interactive training; (5) Field crew meetings (Tail gate, hip pocket, tool box talks); (6) Just-in-time training; (7) Train-the-trainer; (8) Formal class-room training (including CCTV,VTC, Skype); and (8) Videos. Information will gathered by literature and internet review, surveys of American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Subcommittee on Maintenance (SCOM) / Subcommittee on Systems Operation and Management (SSOM)/ Special Committee on Transportation Security and Emergency Management (SCOTSEM)/ Subcommittee on Personnel and Human Resources (SCHR), and American Public Works Association (APWA) Info Now communities; and interviews with relevant staff members. Information will include how and where each resource is being used. Information gathered will be organized and synthesized into a topical tool box that may be used by operations and maintenance forces. The study will include case studies of effective training and exercise practices that illustrate some of the more effective resources discovered. As well, the study will identify gaps in knowledge and practice, leading to research needs for improved tools, training, and exercises.


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  • Status: Active
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-05, Topic

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

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

    American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials

    444 North Capitol Street, NW, Suite 225
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Synthesis

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

    Williams, Jon

  • Performing Organizations:

    Nakanishi Research and Consulting, LLC

  • Principal Investigators:

    Nakanishi, Yuko

  • Start Date: 20121102
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 37846

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01545065
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-05, Topic
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Nov 25 2014 1:01AM