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6.10 Transportation Emergency Response Checklist

The Institute of Transportation Engineers has published a Transportation Emergency Response Checklist. The categories include emergency transportation plans, inter-jurisdictional and intermodal cooperation, training preparedness, and transportation system. The checklist is summarized as follows:
  1. Develop an emergency transportation plan
  2. Make sure transportation is working hand-in-hand with emergency managers and law enforcement
  3. Conduct “table-top” exercises, practice a wide range of scenarios, and ensure that transportation managers are full participants
  4. Ensure transportation responders are technically prepared: training, communication interoperability, and use of modeling tools
  5. Be prepared to use the full capability of the transportation system for response and recovery: use freeway and arterial management (integrate information with Emergency Operations Center; update timing signals and coordinate with adjacent jurisdictions; use cameras, radios, Web sites, message signs, and highway advisory radio)

Transportation for Emergency Response and Recovery

February 7, 2006
Publication #FHWA–HOP-08-015