AASHTO MCTE-1:2015 Managing Catastrophic Transportation Emergencies: A Guide for Transportation Executives.
The term “all hazards” includes a broad range of incidcnts and events that have potential to impact transportation systems operations. Figure 2 illustrates the types and frequency of events that transportation agencies may encounter. These events may require coordination with other agencies (local, state, and federal) depending on the severity or complexity of the incident.
Planned activities range from frequent local or regional events such as sporting events, concerts, and parades to less frequent National Security Special Events (NSSE) such as political conventions and presidential in a u git rations.
Weather-related incidents span the range of predictability with extreme weather events increasing in frequency. Weather events not only disrupt service but can also damage infrastructure.
Transportation plays a critical role in an emergency situation. Other state agencies rely on your DOT to provide support during a major disaster. As a former executive director said, “Our focus is simple. We will provide the road to safety, we will clear the road to recovery, and we will maintain the road home.”
As the CEO, you need to “know what is out there.” Understand what types of events are likely to occur in your state and what potential impacts those events can have on your agency. By anticipating the events and the potential impacts, you can plan in advance and be prepared when the events occur.
Because other local, state, and federal agencies may be involved along with your agency; you as CEO need to understand the specific procedures and protocols that have been established for managing emergencies and ensuring that your staff stays current regarding the applicable state and national standards for emergency preparedness and response. The federal government expects state DOTs to incorporate principles and concepts of national initiatives that provide common approaches to incident management and response in emergency response plans and operations. National initiatives include the National Response Framework (NRF) with its designed emergency support functions (ESFs) and the National Incident Management System (NIMS) with its protocols for multiagency interaction and communication. State and local NIMS compliance is a prerequisite for federal preparedness funds. An overview of key initiatives and their implications for transportation agencies is provided in Appendix B.AASHTO MCTE-1 pdf download.