Office of Operations
21st Century Operations Using 21st Century Technologies

3.13 Best Practices

The following information describes best practices that were used during the El Dorado evacuation:
  • Inclusion of local industries in the local emergency planning committees and meeting on a regular basis
  • Presentation of public information as quickly as possible and the involvement of as many entity representatives as possible in the press briefings (During the press briefings for the El Dorado incident, representatives from Teris informed the public of their mitigation plans.)
  • Placement of an incident command quickly
  • Pro-active LEPC that goes into schools and nursing homes
  • LEPC provides a video on how to shelter in place (One of the nursing homes mentioned the video and has incorporated it into its staff training.)
  • Use of a unified communication voice
  • Use of an incident command.

February 6, 2006
Publication #FHWA-HOP-08-014