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

Chapter 1. Introduction

This document is part of a study on the State of the Practice and State of the Art in Evacuation Transportation Management being conducted for the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA).

1.1 Purpose of Document

The purpose of this document is to outline a concept of operations for transportation management during a no-notice emergency evacuation. This report illustrates how agencies interact with each other, what information is shared, and how transportation systems are effectively managed during disasters. The concept of operations addresses the who, what, when, where, why, and how of the operation of the transportation management system during a major no-notice event or disaster requiring evacuation. A high-level description of activities that occur during each phase of the evacuation process is provided. Thus, this document provides an overview of the various agencies involved, their roles and responsibilities, the type of information exchanged between them, and the methods by which this occurs.

June 26, 2006
Publication #FHWA-HOP-08-020