Emergency Response: Organizational and Operational Models Used by State DOTs

The objective of this project was to investigate and document how state DOTs use different organizational and operational models to fulfill their emergency response incident/event management responsibilities within the context of the National Planning Frameworks (NPF): prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery. This includes management of and transition between: (1) frequently occurring, short duration incidents with minimal impact (typically covered in Traffic Incident Management); (2) occasionally occurring, long duration, significant transportation incidents, typically involving some level of activation of the state DOT’s Incident Command System (ICS) structure or emergency operations center; and (3) infrequently occurring, long duration, large scale emergencies involving state DOT participation in multi-agency response (i.e., invoking emergency support functions (ESFs)). For these three scenarios, areas of focus for this project include how state DOTs: are internally organized in general and for emergency response; understand, assign, and execute their responsibilities and authorities for emergency response; coordinate with emergency management agencies, transportation agencies, and others; staff with dedicated and surge capacity employees for their emergency management functions; bring in outside resources (including mutual aid and contract staff); access funding and potential funding sources (ongoing and grants); and manage training and exercises (internal and external).


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $400000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-128

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

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

    Federal Highway Administration

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

    American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001
  • Project Managers:

    Parker, Stephan

  • Performing Organizations:


    One Penn Plaza
    250 W 34th Street
    New York, New York  United States  10119
  • Principal Investigators:

    Matherly, Deborah

  • Start Date: 20210201
  • Expected Completion Date: 20230301
  • Actual Completion Date: 20230301

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01707629
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-128
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: Jun 6 2019 4:41PM