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Evacuating Populations With Special Needs

Routes to Effective Evacuation Planning Primer Series


Table of Contents

Foreword by Jeffrey A. Lindley, FHWA Associate Administrator for Operations

Chapter 1: Overview and Defining Special Needs

Chapter 2: Legislative Framework

Chapter 3: Planning and Preparedness—Overview

Chapter 4: Communication Needs

Chapter 5: Transportation Needs During Activation and Operations

Chapter 6: Congregate and Residential Care Facilities

Chapter 7: Animal Needs

Chapter 8: Re-Entry and Return to Readiness

Annex 1: Glossary and Acronyms

Annex 2: Legislation, Regulations, and Policy

Annex 3: Evacuation Checklist

Annex 4: Sample Worksheet for Trip Times

Annex 5: Congregate and Residential Care Facilities Case Studies

Annex 6: References and Resources



This document is disseminated under the sponsorship of the Department of Transportation in the interest of information exchange. The United States Government assumes no liability for its contents or use thereof. This report does not constitute a standard, specification, or regulation.

The United States Government does not endorse products or manufacturers. Trade and manufacturers’ names appear in this report only because they are considered essential to the object of the document.


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