Toolkit Resources
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Toolkit Resources


Emergency Support Function #1

Emergency Support Function #1 – Transportation Annex - Transportation provides support to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) by assisting Federal, State, tribal, and local governmental entities, voluntary organizations, nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector in the management of transportation systems and infrastructure during domestic threats or in response to incidents.

Evacuation and Transportation Research and Reports

Actions Needed to Clarify Responsibilities and Increase Preparedness for Evacuations:
Report to Congressional Committees
- State and local governments face evacuation challenges in identifying and locating transportation-disadvantaged populations, determining their needs, and providing for their transportation.

Catastrophic Hurricane Evacuation Plan Evaluation: A Report to Congress - The U.S. DOT developed a systematic, analytical process to evaluate the readiness and adequacy of State and local jurisdictions evacuation plans.

Disaster Evacuation and Displacement Policy: Issues For Congress - The devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina reaches beyond the borders of the States directly affected by the wind, rain, and floods. Before the storm reached the coast, thousands of residents of Louisiana and Mississippi evacuated to other states, including Texas and Oklahoma.

Disaster Response and Recovery Resource for Transit Agencies - Based on lessons learned from Hurricane Katrina and other events, FTA has documented practices and procedures to improve emergency preparedness.

Emergency Transit Assistance: Federal Funding for Recent Disasters, and Options for the Future - Major disasters can disrupt transit operations, destroy vehicles and facilities, and impede the ability of people to reach essential relief and medical services and return to their homes and jobs.

Federal Evacuation Policy: Issues for Congress- This report discusses federal evacuation policy and analyzes potential lessons learned from the evacuations of individuals in response to the Gulf Coast hurricanes of 2005.

Preliminary Observations on The Evacuation of Vulnerable Populations due to Hurricanes and Other Disasters: Testimony Before the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging - GAO was asked to discuss efforts to plan and prepare for the needs of seniors in the event of a national emergency.

The Role of Transit in Emergency Evacuation - The purpose of this study is to evaluate the potential role of transit systems in accommodating the evacuation, egress, and ingress of people from or to critical locations
in times of emergency.

Transportation Disadvantaged Populations: Actions Needed to Clarify Responsibilities and Increase Preparedness for Evacuations: GAO Report to Congressional Committees December 2006 - During the evacuation of New Orleans in response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005, many of those who did not own a vehicle and could not evacuate were among the over 1,300 people who died.

Planning Guidance

California Office of Emergency Services Office for Access and Functional Needs:
Guidance on Planning and Responding to the Needs of People With Access and Functional Needs
-Guidance to emergency managers and planners, and disability and older adult service systems, for planning and responding, during disasters and recovery.

Interim Emergency Management Planning Guide for Special Needs Populations - This guide is intended as a tool for State, Territorial, Tribal, and Local emergency
managers in the development of emergency operations plans (EOPs) that are
inclusive of the entire population of a jurisdiction of any size.

Planning for Community-Based Organizations, Non-Governmental Organizations and Government - Disasters are always inclusive. Response and recovery are not, unless we plan for it!

Evacuation Best Practices

The contractor team gathered these Industry Best Practices during the research phase of this project.

Current Legislation, Literature & Policy Review