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USDOT and National Response Program Overview. AASHTO Subcommittee on Highway Transport. SECRETARY DEPUTY SECRETARY. Offices of the Secretary. Maritime Administration. Federal Transit Administration. Office of Intelligence, Security and Emergency Response. Multiple Others.

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usdot and national response program overview

USDOT and National Response Program Overview


Subcommittee on Highway Transport

dot organization chart



Offices of the Secretary

Maritime Administration

Federal Transit Administration

Office of Intelligence, Security and Emergency Response

Multiple Others

Federal Aviation Administration

Federal Highway Administration

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

Federal Motor Carrier Administration

Federal Railroad Administration

Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration

St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation

DOT Organization Chart

National Response Framework

  • Guide to how the Nation responds to all types of disasters and emergencies
  • Scalable, flexible, and adaptable concepts identified in the National Incident Management System (NIMS)
  • Describes specific authorities and best practices for managing all-hazard incidents

Emergency Support Functions (ESFs)

  • ESF #1: Transportation
    • Department of Transportation
  • ESF #2: Communications
    • Department of Homeland Security (DHS)
  • ESF #3: Public Works and Engineering
    • Department of Defense/U.S. Army Corps of Engineers*
  • ESF #4: Firefighting
    • Department of Agriculture/Forest Service
  • ESF #5: Emergency Management
    • DHS/Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)*
  • ESF #6: Mass Care, Emergency Assistance Housing, and Human Services
    • DHS/FEMA, American Red Cross
  • ESF #7: Logistics Management and Resource Support
    • DHS/FEMA, General Services Administration*
  • ESF #8: Public Health and Medical Services
    • Department of Health and Human Services*
  • ESF #9: Search and Rescue
    • DHS/FEMA*
  • ESF #10: Oil and Hazardous Materials Response
    • Environmental Protection Agency*
  • ESF #11: Agriculture and Natural Resources
    • U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • ESF #12: Energy
    • Department of Energy*
  • ESF #13: Public Safety and Security
    • Department of Justice
  • ESF #14: Superseded by NDRF
  • ESF #15: External Affairs
    • DHS

*Indicates DOT as support agency

emergency support function 1
Emergency Support Function 1
  • Monitor and report status of and damage to the transportation system and infrastructure
  • Identify temporary alternative transportation solutions that can be implemented by others
  • Perform activities conducted under the direct authority of DOT elements
  • Coordinate the restoration and recovery of the transportation system and infrastructure
  • Coordinate and support prevention, preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation activities among transportation stakeholders

ESF-1: Regional Personnel

  • Regional Emergency Transportation Representative (RETREP)
  • Regional Emergency Transportation Cadre (RET-C)
  • Regional Emergency Transportation Coordinator (RETCO)
  • Secretary’s executive-level regional representative
  • Ensure effective regional transportation emergency programs
  • Collateral Duty
  • Coordinate Federal, State, Local, and Private Sector disaster planning
  • Develop a regional ESF-1 response team
  • Conduct training and exercises
  • Lead ESF-1 operations in the RRCC/JFO
  • Support ESF-1 mission in variety of locations
  • Members of various Operating Administrations
  • Collateral Duty

ESF-1: Regional Personnel

DOT HQ, Washington, DC

NRPM: Jeremy Greenberg

DRPM: David Schilling

Operational Planner

Region V, Chicago

RETCO: John Rohlf

RETREP: Jeff McSpaden

Region I, Boston

RETCO: Mary Beth Mello

RETREP: Terry Sheehan

Region X, Seattle

RETCO: David Suomi

RETREP: David Ochs

Region VIII, Denver

RETCO: Rick Suarez

RETREP: Ron Williams





Region AK, Anchorage RETCO: David Suomi

RETREP: Cindy Sacks


Region II, New York

RETCO: Diane Crean

RETREP: Jim Robinson


Region IX, Oakland, CA

RETCO: David Suomi

RETREP–N: Bob Brown

RETREP–S: Judy Babbitt


Region III, Philadelphia

RETCO: Pearlis Johnson

RETREP: David Schilling (Acting)



Puerto Rico





Region IV, Atlanta

RETCO: Pearlis Johnson

RETREP: Leah Russell

Puerto Rico


Region VI, Fort Worth

RETCO: Michael O’Harra

RETREP: Gary Barber










ESF-1: Technical Assistance

  • National Response Program Personnel
    • Lead Federal ESF-1 operations at the National and Regional Response Coordination Centers
    • Coordinate USDOT field response
  • Evacuation Liaison Team
    • Provide technical assistance to State and local jurisdictions regarding evacuations
  • Air Navigation Services, including Airspace Management
  • Emergency Relief Funding - FHWA and FTA
  • Joint Damage Assessment Teams

In order to restore the critical railroad Northeast Corridor, AMTRAK needed de-watering in the flooded tunnels under the Hudson and East Rivers. Working with the US Army Corps of Engineers, heavy duty de-watering pumps and trained teams were brought in to expedite the critical rail service into and out of NYC.

ESF-1: Regulatory Relief


ESF-1: Assets and Capabilities

  • MARAD Ready Reserve Force
    • Operation SafeStor: Storage of emergency response vehicles
    • Housing and feeding emergency responders
  • FAA
    • Washington Flight Program
    • Mobile Air Navigation Services assets

USDOT Emergency Website

  • DOT has a website to assist public and private sector transportation stakeholders during emergency situations
  • The website has information related to transportation permits, waivers, and other regulations and authorities that are applicable during an emergency

DOT Suite of Plans (Response)

  • Concept of Operations
  • ESF -1 Playbook
  • Deliberate Plans

1 - Hurricane

2 - All Hazards (Notice)

3 - All Hazards (No-Notice)



WebEOC is a web-enabled crisis information management system and provides secure real-time information sharing to help the Department make sound decisions quickly

contact information

Contact Information

  • Jeremy Greenberg
  • National Response Program Manager
  • Cell: (202) 591-6592
  • 24hrs: (202) 366-1863
  • Email: [email protected]
  • David Schilling
  • National Response Program Deputy Manager
  • Cell: (202) 740-5434
  • Email: [email protected]