Special Committee on Transportation Security and Emergency Management (SCOTSEM)

AASHTO Liaisons
Patrick Zelinski, Associate Program Manager

Gummada Murthy, Associate Program Director, Operations

Five SCOTSEM ‘Fundamentals’ Reports

The SCOTSEM ‘Fundamentals’ suite of reports includes five go-to documents that almost any transportation agency may wish to refer to repeatedly. Each fundamentals report tackles a critical emergency management or transportation security topic area and offers readily implementable guidance for state departments of transportation (DOTs). Together, the fundamentals reports provide comprehensive and up-to-date guidance on the major elements of a states all-hazards transportation security and emergency management program.

1. Security 101: A Physical Security Primer for Transportation Agencies

An introductory-level reference document intended to enhance transportation professionals practices. The report is for use primarily by those who are neither security professionals, nor well versed in security language. It focuses on measures and concepts designed to safe- guard personnel, and to protect equipment, installations, material, and documents against espionage, sabotage, damage, and theft. The report covers security risk management and threat assessment techniques, security plan development, tools and countermeasures, security training, prioritization of asset protection, and integration with federal homeland security practices.

2. Guide to Emergency Response Planning at State DOTs

A comprehensive guide to the emergency response process for owner-operators of surface transportation infrastructure, particularly state departments of transportation. The guide examines the institutional context for emergency response planning and explains in detail how to develop an emergency response program that allows surface transportation agencies to plan, prepare for, respond to, and recover from a complete range of hazards and threats.

3. Blast Resistant Highway Bridges: Design and Detailing Guidelines

Design guidance for improving the structural performance of bridges in response to explosive loads. Based on the results of experimental and analytical research, blast-resistant design guidelines are described using the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Load and Resistance Factor Design format that is familiar to bridge engineers.

4. Costing Asset Protection: An All Hazards Guide for Transportation Agencies (CAPTA)

A written report and Microsoft Excel-based planning method for senior managers in transportation agencies that helps users make system-wide capital and operating budget allocation decisions across modes that are informed by information about vulnerabilities in their individual transportation assets that could result in significant losses given the threats and hazards of greatest concern.

5. Continuity of Operations Planning (COOP) Guidelines for Transportation Agencies

The multimodal Continuity of Operations Planning (COOP) Guidelines for Transportation Agencies provide instructions for state and local highway and transit agencies on how to develop, implement, maintain, train for, and exercise COOP capabilities.