Special Committee on Transportation Security and Emergency Management (SCOTSEM)

AASHTO Liaisons
Patrick Zelinski, Associate Program Manager

Gummada Murthy, Associate Program Director, Operations

General All Hazards and Emergency Management Reports

Understanding Transportation Resilience: A 2016–2018 Roadmap for Security, Emergency Management, and Infrastructure Protection in Transportation Resilience (January 2017) and 2-page fact sheet

Critical infrastructure, risk management, establishing protection approaches, and dealing with extreme weather events emerge at the heart of our challenge as the four foundational concepts critical to shaping a more resilient approach. From the DOTs’ perspective, there are three distinct viewpoints: planning (severe weather events/sustainability), engineering (infrastructure protection), and operations (traffic management/emergency management/security).
This new report developed under the guidance of the Special Committee on Transportation Security and Emergency Management (SCOTSEM) provides an overview and direction in pursuing resilience, establishing a direction for the next three years:

  • Deploying Transportation Resilience Practices in State DOTs (2017–2018)
  • Resilience Research Roadmap (Pre- and Post-Summit versions) (2016–2018)
  • Transportation Resilience White Papers (2016)
  • CEO Primer on Transportation Resilience (2016)
  • CEO Engagement Forums (2017–2018)

Managing Catastrophic Transportation Emergencies: A Guide for Transportation Executives (September 2015)

This Guide was developed to assist new Chief Executives of state DOTs and is based on the thoughts and advice of transportation leaders who have been in similar positions. The Guide is organized first to provide basic information about the types of emergency incidents and events that impact transportation agencies. Next, managing these events is discussed, along with an overview of the types of questions and issues that should be considered to assist the agency in preparing for “All-Hazards” emergency incidents. The Guide also provides additional information about where to locate more detailed reference materials pertaining to transportation agency emergency management.

As part of this report, two executive handouts were developed: Managing Catastrophic Transportation Emergencies: A Guide for Transportation Executives:  Staff Resources and Tools. One provides insights into the new position and is designed to be given to the new CEO to read on their first day. The other provides an overview of key CEO decisions to be made before, during, and after an event occurs and is designed to be used an ongoing resource by the executive. The tools provide examples of resource and emergency contact sheets and wallet cards in current use by some state DOTs.

Fundamental Capabilities of Effective All-Hazards Infrastructure Protection, Resilience, and Emergency Management for State Departments of Transportation (September 2015)

This newly updated Fundamentals Guide synthesizes the most recent federal and state guidance and research efforts from a state DOT perspective and lays out a set of capabilities for state DOTs that addresses all-hazards infrastructure protection, resilience, and emergency management and reflects National Preparedness Goals. The goal of the Guide is to provide a resource for state DOTs that supports the integration of infrastructure protection and resilience into all of their operations and infrastructure programs.

Information Sharing Guidebook for Transportation Management Centers, Emergency Operations Centers, and Fusion Centers

This Guidebook provides an overview of the mission and functions of Transportation Management Centers, Emergency Operations Centers, and Fusion Centers. The Guidebook is focused on the types of information these centers produce and manage and how the sharing of such information among the centers can be beneficial to both the day-to-day and emergency operations of all the centers. There are some challenges to the ability to share information and these challenges and some options for addressing them are addressed in the Guidebook. The Guidebook also provides some lessons learned and best practices identified from a literature search and interviews/site visits with center operators.

Security 101: A Physical Security Primer for Transportation Agencies, NCHRP

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.

Maintaining Strategic Direction for Protecting America’s Transportation System, AASHTO (PDF)

AASHTO ‘white paper’ style report on State DOT roles in all hazards emergency management and critical needs.

Transportation Infrastructure Protection and Emergency Management – State DOT Workshop Results: Good Practices and Key Concerns

This document published by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), summarizes the results of a series of five State State DOT workshops held between 2006 and 2009 and jointly sponsored by the FHWA and TSA, in cooperation with AASHTO.

Case Studies of State DOT Responses to 9/11 Terrorist Attacks:

  • Maryland DOT’s Reaction and Response – (PDF)
  • Virginia DOT’s Lessons Learned – (PDF)

Securing the Roads – US Actions to Enhance Surface Transportation Security (PDF)

Article published in Traffic Technology International (april/May 2002) describing the activities taken by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) related to surface transportation security in the months following the terrorist acts of 11 September, 2001.

2003 National Needs Assessment for Ensuring Transportation Infrastructure Security

This study examines total costs for national needs, including capital investment and operations and maintenance expenses in the areas of protecting critical mobility assets, enhancing traffic management capabilities, and improving state DOT (Department of Transportation) emergency response capabilities during the TEA-21 (Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century) six-year reauthorization period.

2008 National Needs Assessment for Ensuring Transportation Infrastructure Security

This report updates the above 2003 study: 2008 National Needs Assessment