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Improving Mobility and Security through Better Emergency Management

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The surface transportation system is vital to our economy, defense, and quality of life. The need for ensuring the function and integrity of the nation’s surface transportation system became clear following the events of September 11, 2001. Effective transportation operational strategies both during and after an event (manmade or natural) are key to ensuring safe and continuous movement of people and goods during a national emergency. State and local transportation agencies play key roles in ensuring that the transportation network operates effectively in the event of an emergency. Response begins the moment an event occurs—assessment of the event and what it means to the transportation system. It may involve determining not only how to move people and goods, but also military deployments.

Throughout all daily activities, public safety and security must be considered by preparing for emergency transportation response.