THE ROLE OF THE METROPOLITAN PLANNING ORGANIZATION (MPO) IN PREPARING FOR SECURITY INCIDENTS AND TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM RESPONSE

During the terrorist events of September 11, 2001, incompatible communication systems and no single source of public information caused confusion in organizational and public response. One lesson from September 11th is paramount--effective coordination and communication among the many different operating agencies in a region and across the nation is absolutely essential. Such coordination is needed to allow enforcement/security/safety responses to occur in an expeditious manner, while at the same time still permitting the transportation system to handle the possibly overwhelming public response to the incident. Complementary to this is the need to make sure the public has clear and concise information about the situation and what actions they should take. Although the immediate organizational response to security incidents and disasters will be the responsibility of security/public safety agencies, there is an important role that metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) can play in promoting coordinated planning in anticipation of unexpected events or natural disasters. In addition, the MPO could also provide a centralized location of information on transportation system conditions and local/national responses that might be useful in an emergency. This white paper examines these possible roles and raises other issues that should be considered by MPO officials. Disaster/security planning is divided into several components that reflect the different elements in dealing with such events, e.g., prevention, surveillance/monitoring, information dissemination/communications, incident response, and system recovery. The prospective role of the MPO in each of these components of an incident/disaster event response is discussed.

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 7 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00987778
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Mar 29 2005 12:00AM