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EVACUATION LIAISON PROGRAM. BACKGROUND. Born out of Floyd 3.5 million evacuees Multi state/region event No coordination across borders Florida GA SC NC all requested traffic evacuation coordination assistance. THE STARTING POINT. Designed an ELT based on HLT concept Only in FEMA RIV

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BACKGROUND

  • Born out of Floyd

  • 3.5 million evacuees

  • Multi state/region event

  • No coordination across borders

  • Florida GA SC NC all requested traffic evacuation coordination assistance


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THE STARTING POINT

  • Designed an ELT based on HLT concept

  • Only in FEMA RIV

  • Created a Traffic Model – Evacuation Traffic Information System (ETIS)

  • Operational conference Calls & Briefings


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Where We Are Today

  • Current USDOT Traffic Management Capability:

  • ELP Extends To Three FEMA Regions III,IV,VI

  • Continuing To Enhance Web-Based ETIS System

  • 2 Activations – Lili/Isidore & Isabel

  • Post Assessments Inclusion

  • Moving Towards Real Time Intelligent Traffic Systems (ITS) Incorporation (SC) & (FL)


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PARTNERSHIP

  • USDOT - Team Lead

    • FHWA

    • Contractor Support

  • FEMA – EM Specialist

    • ESF-1 National Response Plan Function

    • Information Technology –GIS

  • STATE DOT & EMA’s - Not Just Coastal States


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ELT MISSION:

To facilitate communication and coordination among states impacted by a multi-state hurricane evacuation response.


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Region III, IV, VI, Evacuation Liaison Team Information Flow

TX DOT EMA

SC DOT EMA

NC DOT EMA

LA DOT EMA

GA DOT EMA

FEMA REGIONS RIII, RIV & RVI

USDOT

FEMA HLT

AL DOT EMA

FL DOT EMA

MS DOT EMA

FEMA Region III States

Other Agencies


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ELT Responsibilites:

  • Provide a centralized communication link between the States, Regions, FEMA HQ, FEMA EST, DOT HQ, and other appropriate agencies

  • Receive, compile and analyze vital information

  • Disseminate updated information to impacted areas

  • Provide necessary data, analysis, & intelligence to facilitate evacuation, pre-positioning, staging, reentry planning, decision making and problem solving


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How does the ELT help you?

  • Traffic Congestion Information

  • Road Closures

  • Shelter Location

  • Contra-Flow/Reverse Lane Information

  • Traffic Accidents

  • Type of Evacuation Occurring


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REPORTING TIME TABLES

  • Formal Written situation reports twice a day

  • 3 hour updates (once evacuation begins)

  • Periodic status reports for video/teleconferencing

  • Immediate updates to potentially impacted States as information is received.

  • STATES will update the ETIS with information every 3 hours.



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ETIS - Emergency Traffic Information System

  • Server Funded by Federal Highway Administration

  • Associated with the Evacuation Liaison Team at Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Regional Operations Center in Atlanta

    • For Cat 3 and above/multi-state impacts

    • Primarily for state to state coordination.


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ETIS - Emergency Traffic Information System

  • On Internet

    • www.fhwaetis.com

  • State Emergency Response Team and the Emergency Operations Center have read and write access

  • Counties have read access










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ISABEL LESSON LEARNED

  • Confusing/Conflicting Information

  • Population Apathy

  • Light Evacuation Response

  • 16 total storm deaths –

  • Need Updated & Current POC Information


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ETIS Post Storm Improvements

  • Verification of Existing Population Data.

  • Verification of Existing Roadways and new construction.

  • Full Functionality of FEMA Region III states.

  • Full Functionality for Inland coastal counties.


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Improvements Cont.

  • Create delay timing functions

  • Create historical storm data base

  • Include Partial/Full Evacuation Status

  • SC One Way Plans Included

  • Upgrade ArcIMS Mapping Software


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Improvements Cont.

Mapping Application Enhancements

FEMA 100 Year Floodplain

Surge Inundation Zones

Evacuation Zones

Shelter Points

HAZUS/Satellite Imagery


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CONTACT INFORMATION

Michael (Mike) Foran- USDOT

Manager, Emergency Preparedness Operations Staff ESF-1 SE United States

[email protected]

404-305-5471


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CONTACT INFORMATION

BROCK LONG- FEMA RIV

HURRICANE PROGRAM SPECIALIST

[email protected]

770-220-5668



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