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1. Report No
2. Government Accession No. 3. Recipient's Catalog No.
4. Title and Subtitle
Using Highways for No-Notice Evacuations: Routes to Effective Evacuation Planning Primer Series
5. Report Date
November, 2007
6. Performing Organization Code
7. Author(s)
Carol Zimmerman (Battelle), Robert Brodesky (URS), and Jordan Karp (URS)
8. Performing Organization Report No.
9. Performing Organization Name and Address
505 King Avenue
Columbus OH 43201-2693
10. Work Unit No. (TRAIS)
11. Contract or Grant No.
DTFH61-06-D-007/WO BA07-23
12. Sponsoring Agency Name and Address
United States Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration
Office of Operations
1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20590
13. Type of Report and Period Covered

14. Sponsoring Agency Code
15. Supplementary Notes
Kimberley Vasconez and Laurie Radow, FHWA Office of Operations
16. Abstract

The focus of this primer is no-notice events. These no-notice incidents occur for many reasons, such as forest fires, major storms, chemical spills, or terrorist acts. Their common denominator is that they occur with little or no warning, which presents unique challenges for the safe and secure movement of people and goods. With limited time and information available to make decisions about evacuations, agencies' efforts at planning ahead of time are essential.
This primer is directed toward transportation officials, first responders, and emergency managers who will plan and execute evacuation efforts. Sections of the document include a discussion of the planning process used to develop an evacuation plan; explanation of no-notice incidents and their likely scale and consequences; considerations of the unique aspects of no-notice incidents and the need for different transportation strategies and tactics; discussion of evacuation planning issues and how the planning process needs to account for the no-notice factor; and a checklist that planners can use in preparing a plan for a nonotice evacuation, whether natural or man-made. This document is one of several primers intended as tools to aid local and state planners in maximizing the use of the highway network in the development and execution of evacuation plans for their communities, states, or regions.

17. Key Word
Evacuation, no-notice, highways, planning, incidents, operations, traffic management, incident command system, intelligent transportation systems, homeland security, transporation operation center
18. Distribution Statement
No restrictions. This document is available to the public.
19. Security Classif. (of this report)
20. Security Classif. (of this page)
21. No. of Pages
22. Price
Form DOT F 1700.7      Reproduction of completed page authorized

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