FHWA TI & EM Update – May 2012

Lifesavers Conference
There is still time to register for the National Conference on Highway Safety Priorities, held in Orlando, FL, June 14-16, 2012. For more information on the conference, accommodations, and registration please visit www.lifesaversconference.org.

Principles of Evacuation Planning Tutorial
The National Highway Institute, Federal Highway Administration’s Principles of Evacuation Planning Tutorial (133107) is a Web-based training that provides an introductory overview of evacuation planning topics and common considerations. It covers the roles and responsibilities of local, regional, and state agencies involved in the evacuation process, while highlighting the importance of collaboration.

This course also presents current and emerging evacuation planning tools, methodologies, and trends, and offers insight into special considerations that evacuation planning stakeholders should take into account when designing, reviewing, or contributing to evacuation planning efforts. Emphasis is placed on multi-agency/jurisdictional planning as part of identifying effective practices used in the U.S.

To register for the course, when at the main National Highway Institute webpage — http://www.nhi.fhwa.dot.gov/default.aspx, on the left hand side, go to Host a Course http://www.nhi.fhwa.dot.gov/training/course_search.aspx, on the right hand side, go to #133 – Design and Traffic Operations http://www.nhi.fhwa.dot.gov/training/course_search.aspx, to register for the course, go to FHWA-NHI-133107 – Principles of Evacuation Planning Tutorial.

Outcomes:
Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
• Define evacuation planning from a transportation standpoint
• Describe how evacuation planning impacts local and state emergency management transportation operations
• Define the roles and responsibilities of local, regional, and state agencies
• List the benefits of working across agencies and localities to maximize the effectiveness of emergency planning efforts
• List evacuation planning considerations specific to Notice and No-Notice evacuations
• Identify tools and methods for coordination and collaboration
• Identify current and emerging evacuation planning practices
• Describe effective emergency evacuation planning practices
• Identify resources available to emergency evacuation planning stakeholders and how to access them for further study

Target Audience:
The Principles of Evacuation Planning Tutorial is designed for transportation and emergency planning stakeholders along with local leadership (e.g. local public and private emergency management stakeholders). This course will also be of interest to a variety of other professionals with an interest in evacuation planning including Government jurisdictions below state level; transportation planners; metropolitan planning organizations; transportation planners (city/county); local emergency managers; transportation management center staff; state and local police planners; metro emergency planners; public works and public schools planners; and other contributing stakeholders.

This training was developed at the request of the FHWA Transportation Pooled Fund Study Security and Emergency Management Update and Request. The pooled fund study states are California, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Mississippi, Montana, New York, Texas, and Wisconsin. In addition, the TSA is a member of the pooled fund study.

TIM Workshop Follow-Up Webinars
The TI&EM team has begun to schedule and conduct a follow-up effort for workshops that occurred one year and two years ago. These webinars will focus on the cities’ improvements toward expanding and implementing their own TIM programs, as well as discussing any pitfalls that may have occurred since the workshops. Follow-Up webinars will continue over the summer. For more information on the TIM Workshop Follow-Up Webinars, please contact TI&EM team leader, Kimberly Vasconez, at Kimberly.Vasconez@dot.gov.

TIM Workshops
The following TIM Workshops will be conducted in May:
• Jacksonville, FL – May 15-16, 2012
• New York City, NY – May 31, 2012

2012 TIM Self-Assessment
The 2012 TIM Self-Assessment (SA) will be released by June 11, 2012, and due by August 15, 2012. Although the Top 75 metro areas are expected to complete a SA in cooperation with stakeholders; other jurisdictions and committees are strongly encouraged to complete and submit the online survey. While there are very few changes between this year’s SA and last year’s, a webinar will be held on June 4, 2012, at 1 p.m. (EST) to review instructions for completing the SA for those new to the process or if a review is desired.
For more information, please contact your DOT or FHWA Division representative.
SHRP 2 Implementation Status
The long awaited SHRP2 National TIM Responder Training Program will start this summer with train the trainer sessions throughout the country. Look for training sessions offered across the country throughout the summer. For more information on SHRP 2, please utilize this web link: http://ops.fhwa.dot.gov/publications/fhwahop12007/index.htm

Webinar Invitation
An overview of the Traffic Incident Management/Planned Special Events Peer-to-Peer Program with speakers from Hawaii, North Carolina and Florida
When: June 5, 2012, at 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Time Zone: EDT
To register for this event, please go the following link:
https://connectdot.connectsolutions.com/p2p/event/registration.html

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