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)

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4. Title and Subtitle

Routes to Effective Evacuation Planning Primer Series: Using Highways during Notice Evacuations Operations

5. Report Date

December 2006

6.  Performing Organization Code

7. Author(s)

Nancy Houston

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9. Performing Organization Name and Address

Booz Allen Hamilton
8283 Greensboro Drive
McLean, Virginia 22102

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12. Sponsoring Agency Name and Address

Federal Highway Administration, HOTO-1
U. S. Department of Transportation
400 Seventh Street, S. W.
Washington, D. C. 20590

13. Type of Report and Period Covered

Final Report

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15. Supplementary Notes

Kimberly Vásconez, FHWA Office of Operations, Office of Transportation Operations, Contracting Officer's Technical Representative (COTR).  Primer was performed under contract to Booz Allen Hamilton.

16. Abstract

Evacuations may involve hundreds or hundreds of thousands of people.  Regardless of the numbers, in each and every instance, the transportation network plays a key role in evacuating people out of harm’s way.  Recognizing the unique challenges posed by the disaster environment on mobility and the safe and secure movement of people and goods, the U. S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT’s) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) seeks to improve evacuation planning and implementation by bringing to the emergency management community new ways of better using the transportation network before and during evacuations.

This document constitutes the first of a primer series entitled “Routes to Effective Evacuations.”  This primer is intended as a tool to aid local and state planners to maximize the use of the highway network in the development and execution of evacuation plans for their communities, states or regions.

17. Key Words

Evacuations; Notice Evacuations; Highways, Disasters, Hurricanes; Emergency Management Planners

18. Distribution Statement

No restrictions.

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