Transportation Emergency Response Application (TERA): Migration Options Beyond 2020

Transportation Emergency Response Application (TERA) was designed to leverage the utility of existing, robust, scenario-based, emergency preparedness training and exercise software designed under the name Emergency Management Staff Trainer (EMST, found at The EMST platform had more than $10 million in National Guard Bureau investment, upon which the Airport Cooperative Research Program (ACRP), Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP), and National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) have built the TERA application at a combined cost of slightly over $2.5 million over 10 years. The goal of TERA has been to enable more effective learning and practicing of Emergency Operations Center (EOC) response by personnel using EMST loaded with specialized transportation scenarios. These scenarios allow for transportation-specific roles, interactions, emergency tasks, and other relevant context to be easily “played” by transportation emergency management personnel who may be assigned with various degrees of training and experience to an EOC that is managed using various levels of planning. To date, and as a result of previous NCHRP, TCRP and ACRP funding, TERA now includes 21 different transportation emergency scenarios and over 1,300 simulated emergency management interactions for use by airport, state DOT, and transit EOCs. A key feature of TERA is its ability to allow a mix of onsite, socially distanced, and quarantined staff to participate collaboratively in tabletop exercises and training in real time. The objective of this research is to identify migration options for the core features, training capabilities, scenarios, and content of TERA onto a modern platform. The scenario learning objectives, scripts, injects, and artifacts created under ACRP, TCRP, and NCHRP are valuable resources for tabletop exercises. Scenarios and more than 1,000 artifacts and other resources can be downloaded for free from the TCRP A-36 project webpage beginning in May 2022.


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Funding: $25000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project A-36A

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Transit Cooperative Research Program

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

    Federal Transit Administration

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

    Parker, Stephan

  • Start Date: 20220502
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01758960
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project A-36A
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: Nov 23 2020 7:52PM