Dynamic Mobility Application Policy Analysis: Policy and Institutional Issues for Response, Emergency Staging and Communications, Uniform Management, and Evacuation (R.E.S.C.U.M.E.)

This report documents policy considerations for Response, Emergency Staging and Communications, Uniform Management, and Evacuation (R.E.S.C.U.M.E.). R.E.S.C.U.M.E. comprises a "bundle" of mobility applications that use existing and new connected vehicle data sets and other data to provide first-responders, emergency management centers, and road crews with enhanced information, allowing them to respond faster and more effectively to incidents and emergencies than they can today. The policy team has documented four potential policy issues for R.E.S.C.U.M.E.: (1) Multi-Agency Coordination for Information Broker Function: Because the Information Broker functions in R.E.S.C.U.M.E. will, in many cases, be distributed among multiple entities it will be important for participating agencies to determine roles and responsibilities when implementing R.E.S.C.U.M.E. (2) Compliance with HIPAA Privacy Requirements: R.E.S.C.U.M.E. applications - in particular, Emergency Communications and Evacuation (EVAC) - may handle personal health information (PHI), and must be certain to be consistent with the privacy requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). (3) Data and Message Standards for Emergency Communication: The Incident Scene Pre-Arrival Staging Guidance for Emergency Responders (RESP-STG) application must be able to integrate data from multiple sources and immediately disseminate appropriate messages and warnings to multiple agencies. The EVAC application will need to integrate medical records and other data from a variety of sources. Consequently, the need for data and messaging standards to facilitate inter-agency and inter-jurisdictional emergency information sharing is apparent. (4) Incident Scene Work Zone Alerts for Drivers and Workers (INC-ZONE) Implementation: The INC-ZONE application will require small but important changes to the procedures that response crews follow when they arrive at incident scenes, and also may have implications for incident/work zone signage design standards. Recommendations for addressing these policy issues include development of guidance materials for state and local agencies, and completion of planned cost-benefit studies and privacy impact assessments.

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    Volpe National Transportation Systems Center

    55 Broadway
    Cambridge, MA  United States  02142

    Department of Transportation

    Intelligent Transportation Systems Joint Program Office
    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Bettisworth, Caitlin
    • Hassol, Josh
    • Maloney, Cynthia
    • Sheridan, Amy
    • Sloan, Suzanne
  • Publication Date: 2015-7-8


  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Edition: Final Report
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 30p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01574114
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA-JPO-14-137
  • Contract Numbers: HW4AA8; HW4AA9
  • Created Date: Aug 18 2015 9:28AM