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Evacuation Transportation Management

Task Five:
Operational Concept

Photo of congested traffic on a major highwayPhoto of a sign that says Road Closed, Bridge OutPhoto of a sign that says Mandated Evacuate Order

U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration

June 26, 2006

Produced in collaboration with the
Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office (ITS JPO)

Images courtesy of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Credits: Ed Edahl (left), Leif Skoogfors (center), Dave Gatley (right)

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction

1.1 Purpose of Document

1.2 Definition of Event

1.3 General Timeline of Events

1.4 Agencies Involved in Evacuation Implementation

1.5 Organization of Report

1.6 Audience

Chapter 2. Phase 1: Advanced Planning

2.1 Introduction

2.2 Roles and Responsibilities

2.3 Resources and Equipment

2.4 Coordination

Chapter 3. Phase 2: Incident Notification

3.1 Introduction

3.2 Roles and Responsibilities

3.3 Resources and Equipment

3.4 Coordination

Chapter 4. Phase 3: Activation and Mobilization

4.1 Introduction

4.2 Roles and Responsibilities

4.3 Resources and Equipment

4.4 Coordination

Chapter 5. Phase 4: Evacuation Operations

5.1 Introduction

5.2 Roles and Responsibilities

5.3 Resources and Equipment

5.4 Coordination 

Chapter 6. Phase 5: Re-Entry

6.1 Introduction

6.2 Roles and Responsibilities

6.3 Resources and Equipment

6.4 Coordination

Chapter 7. Phase 6: Debrief and Assessment

7.1 Introduction

7.2 Roles and Responsibilities

7.3 Resources and Equipment

7.4 Coordination

List of Figures and Tables

Figure 1: Phases of a No-Notice Emergency Evacuation

Table 1: Phase 1 Advanced Planning Roles and Responsibilities

Table 2: Phase 1 Advance Planning Resources and Equipment

Table 3: Phase 2 Incident Notification Roles and Responsibilities

Table 4: Phase 2 Incident Notification Resources and Equipment

Table 5: Phase 3 Activation and Mobilization Roles and Responsibilities

Table 6: Phase 3 Activation and Mobilization Resources and Equipment

Table 7: Phase 4 Evacuation Operations Roles and Responsibilities

Table 8: Phase 4 Evacuation Operations Resources and Equipment

Table 9: Phase 5 Re-Entry Roles and Responsibilities

Table 10: Phase 5 Re-Entry Resources and Equipment

Table 11: Phase 6 Debrief and Assessment



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June 26, 2006
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