Hurricane Evacuation Modeling Package

The overall objective of this study is to incorporate the Louisiana Transportation Research Center (LTRC) hurricane evacuation models and the data on which they operate into a single, user-friendly computer package. The intention is that the program will provide Emergency Managers with a convenient means of estimating the consequences of alternative emergency management decisions before they need to make them, and so be able to select the decision scenario that they consider will produce the best outcome. The specific objectives of this research are to establish a hurricane demand estimation package built on an existing transportation planning package platform incorporating the models developed by the LTRC, and to translate estimates of hurricane evacuation demand into statistics that Emergency Managers will find useful in making informed management decisions during the onset of a hurricane.