Emergency Management in State Transportation Agencies

In 2012, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Special Committee on Transportation Security and Emergency Management (SCOTSEM) adopted National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Report 525, Volume 16: A Guide to Emergency Response Planning at State Transportation Agencies. This guide reflected accepted practices (circa 2010) in emergency response planning and incorporated advances made over the previous decade in Traffic Incident Management (TIM), Emergency Transportation Operations (ETO), and supporting programs. In the past 5 years, the practice of emergency management has continued to mature, and in September 2015 a new project, NCHRP Project 20-59(51)B, “A Guide to Emergency Response Planning at State Transportation Agencies, Second Edition” was authorized to develop a recommended second edition guide. This update will incorporate an all-hazards perspective of the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and will include the latest state-of-the-practice and guidance in emergency management from US Department of Transportation (USDOT), Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), AASHTO, Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and Transportation Research Board (TRB) useful in a state DOT context. The second edition is scheduled to be available in the fourth quarter of 2017. As a part of this project, the contractor will prepare a stand-alone technical memorandum titled “Implementation of Research Findings and Products.” This required deliverable will (a) provide recommendations on how to best deploy the updated emergency responseresearch findings/products into practice; (b) identify possible institutions that might take leadership in applying the research findings/products; (c) identify issues affecting potential implementation of the findings/products and recommend possible actions to address these issues; and (d) recommend methods of identifying and measuring the impacts associated with implementation of the findings/products. Additionally, the contractor’s final report will contain an Implementation Plan that describes, at a minimum, (a) the “product” expected from the research; (b) the audience or “market” for this product; (c) a realistic assessment of impediments to successful implementation; (d) the institutions and individuals that might take leadership in applying the research product; (e) the activities necessary for successful implementation; and (f) the criteria for evaluating the progress and consequences of implementation. As noted in the NCHRP Project 20-59(51)B request for proposals, “Implementation of these recommendations is not part of the [update] research project and, if warranted, details of these actions will be developed and implemented in future efforts.” All too often, research products are not fully deployed in state DOTs due, in part, to a lack of tools, training and tutors. This project is intended to more effectively bridge the gap between all-hazards emergency response research and DOT practice and thereby improve the DOT’s response over a broad continuum of emergencies affecting the nation’s travelers, economy, and infrastructure. This proposed project supports and aligns with Goal 4 of SCOTSEM’s 2014-2018 Strategic Plan, “Advance the state-of-the-practice and awareness of transportation infrastructure protection and emergency management through training, technical assistance, and technology transfer activities.” The final report summary for NCHRP Project 20-59(29), “All-Hazards Security and Emergency Management Implementation Plan,” November 2010, was used to identify potential deployment strategies and funding estimates. The objective of this research is to develop and implement a comprehensive deployment and change management strategy assisting states that wish to more effectively evaluate and implement the revised emergency management guidelines recommended in the updated A Guide to Emergency Response Planning at State Transportation Agencies, Second Edition and related material developed in NCHRP Project 20-59(51)B.


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-116

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

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

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Parker, Stephan

  • Start Date: 20171017
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 40853

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01599002
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-116
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: May 12 2016 1:00AM