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

3.16 Improvements for Next Time

The El Dorado incident response was a success, with two nursing homes and a county jail being evacuated without injury or death. However, some improvements have been identified based on the incident as follows:
  • Ensure contact numbers for all institutions such as nursing homes, assisted living centers, and hospitals have the latest contact information. Confirm and periodically update the contact information.
  • Have written evacuation procedures for the county jail that are available for the staff and incorporate the procedures into the training of new staff. Include information in the procedures on who can be contacted for the provision of transportation, temporary detention facilities, and overnight detention facilities.
  • Have one entity follow up on the evacuation of institutions to ensure that the proper institution was evacuated.

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