Emergency Transportation Operations
Good Incident and Emergency Highway Plans and Practices Save Lives, Safeguard Citizens and Improve Mobility.
WHAT'S NEW IN ETO
Planning for Systems Management & Operations as part of Climate Change Adaptation
The Planning for Systems Management & Operations as part of Climate Change Adaptation presents various effects of climate change, and how those effects will impact transportation system management and operations.
Analysis, Modeling, and Simulation for Traffic Incident Management Applications
Traffic incidents are a major source of congestion. Implementing traffic incident management (TIM) strategies has proven to be a highly cost effective way of reducing non-recurrent congestion. The Analysis, Modeling, and Simulation for Traffic Incident Management Applications provides the current state of practice of various analytical methodologies and related TIM applications. It, also, identifies some research activities to improve analysis of incident impacts and TIM strategies.
The Office of Operations welcomes you to the Emergency Transportation Operations (ETO) home page, featuring information on the ETO for Disasters, Traffic Planning for Special Events (PSE) and Traffic Incident Management (TIM) programs.
FHWA, through the ETO programs, provides tools, guidance, capacity building and good practices that aid local and State DOTs and their partners in their efforts to improve transportation network efficiency and public/responder safety when a non-recurring event either interrupts or overwhelms transportation operations. Non-recurring events may range from traffic incidents to traffic Planning for Special Event (PSE) to disaster or emergency transportation operations (Disaster ETO). Work in ETO program areas focuses on using highway operational tools to enhance mobility and motorist and responder safety. Partnerships in ETO program areas involve non-traditional transportation stakeholders since ETO programs involve transportation, public safety (fire, rescue, emergency medical service [EMS]), law enforcement) and emergency management communities. ETO, as a discipline, spans a full range of activities: from transportation-centric (fender benders) to those where transportation is a critical response component (e.g., hurricane evacuations).
The Emergency Transportation Operations Web site uses National Incident Management System or NIMS categories to functionally organize its content. The NIMS chart provides specific information as it pertains to Disaster ETO, PSE, and/or TIM.
The Traffic Incident Management & Planned Special Events Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Program is a Federal Highway Administration Technical Assistance Program that provides public sector transportation stakeholders with a convenient method to tap into the growing knowledge base of TIM & PSE experience and receive short-term assistance.
Evacuations in the News
Evacuation operations occur daily throughout the Nation. Local jurisdictions manage evacuations, whether a solitary building with 25 to 50 residents, a neighborhood or an entire city. Evacuation expertise lies with local authorities. To demonstrate that evacuations constitute daily emergency operations, FHWA offers a weekly summary of where events occur to aid in further research or peer-to-peer exchanges. We invite you to search this Web site for more on evacuation planning and operations.
Comments and Suggestions
We welcome all comments and suggestions. Please address your comments and suggestions to ETO@dot.gov.
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