Committee on Transportation System Security and Resilience

General All Hazards and Emergency Management Reports

Understanding Transportation Resilience: A 2016–2018 Roadmap for Security, Emergency Management, and Infrastructure Protection in Transportation Resilience (January 2017) and 2-page Fact Sheet

Critical infrastructure, risk management, establishing protection approaches, and dealing with extreme weather events emerge at the heart of our challenge as the four foundational concepts critical to shaping a more resilient approach. From the DOTs’ perspective, there are three distinct viewpoints: planning (severe weather events/sustainability), engineering (infrastructure protection), and operations (traffic management/emergency management/security).

This new report developed under the guidance of the Special Committee on Transportation Security and Emergency Management (SCOTSEM) provides an overview and direction in pursuing resilience, establishing a direction for the next three years:

  • Deploying Transportation Resilience Practices in State DOTs (2017–2018)
  • Resilience Research Roadmap (Pre- and Post-Summit versions) (2016–2018)
  • Transportation Resilience White Papers (2016)
  • CEO Primer on Transportation Resilience (2016)
  • CEO Engagement Forums (2017–2018)

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Managing Catastrophic Transportation Emergencies: A Guide for Transportation Executives (September 2015)

This Guide was developed to assist new Chief Executives of state DOTs and is based on the thoughts and advice of transportation leaders who have been in similar positions. The Guide is organized first to provide basic information about the types of emergency incidents and events that impact transportation agencies. Next, managing these events is discussed, along with an overview of the types of questions and issues that should be considered to assist the agency in preparing for “All-Hazards” emergency incidents. The Guide also provides additional information about where to locate more detailed reference materials pertaining to transportation agency emergency management.

As part of this report, two executive handouts were developed: Managing Catastrophic Transportation Emergencies: A Guide for Transportation Executives:  Staff Resources and Tools.

One provides insights into the new position and is designed to be given to the new CEO to read on their first day. The other provides an overview of key CEO decisions to be made before, during, and after an event occurs and is designed to be used an ongoing resource by the executive. The tools provide examples of resource and emergency contact sheets and wallet cards in current use by some state DOTs.

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Fundamental Capabilities of Effective All-Hazards Infrastructure Protection, Resilience, and Emergency Management for State Departments of Transportation (September 2015)

This newly updated Fundamentals Guide synthesizes the most recent federal and state guidance and research efforts from a state DOT perspective and lays out a set of capabilities for state DOTs that addresses all-hazards infrastructure protection, resilience, and emergency management and reflects National Preparedness Goals. The goal of the Guide is to provide a resource for state DOTs that supports the integration of infrastructure protection and resilience into all of their operations and infrastructure programs.

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Information Sharing Guidebook for Transportation Management Centers, Emergency Operations Centers, and Fusion Centers

This Guidebook provides an overview of the mission and functions of Transportation Management Centers, Emergency Operations Centers, and Fusion Centers. The Guidebook is focused on the types of information these centers produce and manage and how the sharing of such information among the centers can be beneficial to both the day-to-day and emergency operations of all the centers. There are some challenges to the ability to share information and these challenges and some options for addressing them are addressed in the Guidebook. The Guidebook also provides some lessons learned and best practices identified from a literature search and interviews/site visits with center operators.

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Five SCOTSEM ‘Fundamentals’ Reports operators.

The SCOTSEM ‘Fundamentals’ suite of reports includes five go-to documents that almost any transportation agency may wish to refer to repeatedly. Each fundamentals report tackles a critical emergency management or transportation security topic area and offers readily implementable guidance for state departments of transportation (DOTs). Together, the fundamentals reports provide comprehensive and up-to-date guidance on the major elements of a state’s all-hazards transportation security and emergency management program.

1. Security 101: A Physical Security Primer for Transportation Agencies

An introductory-level reference document intended to enhance transportation professionals practices. The report is for use primarily by those who are neither security professionals, nor well versed in security language. It focuses on measures and concepts designed to safeguard personnel and to protect equipment, installations, material, and documents against espionage, sabotage, damage, and theft. The report covers security risk management and threat assessment techniques, security plan development, tools and countermeasures, security training, prioritization of asset protection, and integration with federal homeland security practices.

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2. Guide to Emergency Response Planning at State DOTs

A comprehensive guide to the emergency response process for owner-operators of surface transportation infrastructure, particularly state departments of transportation. The guide examines the institutional context for emergency response planning and explains in detail how to develop an emergency response program that allows surface transportation agencies to plan, prepare for, respond to, and recover from a complete range of hazards and threats.

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3. Blast Resistant Highway Bridges: Design and Detailing Guidelines

Design guidance for improving the structural performance of bridges in response to explosive loads. Based on the results of experimental and analytical research, blast-resistant design guidelines are described using the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Load and Resistance Factor Design format that is familiar to bridge engineers.

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4. Costing Asset Protection: An All Hazards Guide for Transportation Agencies (CAPTA)

A written report and Microsoft Excel-based planning method for senior managers in transportation agencies that helps users make system-wide capital and operating budget allocation decisions across modes that are informed by information about vulnerabilities in their individual transportation assets that could result in significant losses given the threats and hazards of greatest concern.

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5. Continuity of Operations Planning (COOP) Guidelines for Transportation Agencies

The multimodal Continuity of Operations Planning (COOP) Guidelines for Transportation Agencies provides instructions for state and local highway and transit agencies on how to develop, implement, maintain, train for, and exercise COOP capabilities.

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AASHTO Liaisons
Melissa Savage
Director, Center for Environmental Excellence

Patrick Zelinski
Associate Program Manager