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Using Highways During Evacuation Operations for Events with Advance Notice

Routes to Effective Evacuation Planning Primer Series

Produced in collaboration with the Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office (ITS JPO)

Contact Information: Laurie Radow, Evacuations Program Manager, or Kimberly Vásconez, Emergency Transportation Operations Team Leader, Office of Operations, FHWA. Both can be reached through


Table of Contents



Evacuation Planning and Preparedness Process from the Transportation Perspective

Components of an Effective Evacuation Plan

Glossary of Terms


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