Guidelines for Transportation Emergency Training Exercises

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operations - traffic, planning - safety/accidents, land use - planning, organisation - management


Disaster preparedness; Emergency drills; Emergency management; Emergency medical services; Fire fighting;Guidelines, Incident management, Law enforcement, National Incident Management System (NIMS), Planning, Readiness and response exercises, Safety, Security, State departments of transportation, Traffic control centers, Training, Transit operating agencies


TRB’s National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) Report 525: Surface Transportation Security and TRB’s Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) Report 86: Public Transportation Security series publications have jointly published Guidelines for Transportation Emergency Training Exercises. The report is Volume 9 in each series. The report is designed to assist transportation agencies in developing drills and exercises in alignment with the National Incident Management System. The report describes the process of emergency exercise development, implementation, and evaluation. In addition, the available literature and materials to support transportation agencies such as state departments of transportation, traffic management centers, and public transportation systems are described. NCHRP Report 525: Surface Transportation Security is a series in which relevant information is assembled into single, concise volumes—each pertaining to a specific security problem and closely related issues. The volumes focus on the concerns that transportation agencies are addressing when developing programs in response to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and the anthrax attacks that followed. Future volumes of the report will be issued as they are completed.


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