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)


Highways and secondary roads are the most frequently used means to evacuate populations. As such, this guide focuses on planning and coordination associated with evacuating populations using highways and roads when there is advance notice of an event. The third and fifth primers in the series offer considerations on how to use other modes—air, railways, and waterways—to complement road-based evacuations during notice and no notice evacuations.