15:40 - 16:40
29 October 2020

Agency Response to Resilience Requirements under COVID-19

Natural & Man-Made Disasters

This session will earn 1.0 PDH

Abstract: Emergencies of various types will occur in every community at some time. Most are caused by weather (floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, blizzards, wildfires) or geologic disturbances (earthquakes, landslides, volcanoes). Others are caused by transportation -related incidents such as crashes and hazmat spills or by structural failures, industrial accidents and by terrorists, Police, fire and emergency medical responders need quick access to the impacted areas and, in many situations, the public needs safe egress from the incident zone. In the immediate aftermath, municipal, county and state transportation agencies are tasked with quickly clearing the roadways for responders and evacuees. As the situation transitions from initial response to recovery, these agencies have primary responsibility for debris clearance and repairs to the transportation infrastructure. Training and equipping the roadway maintenance workforces, who are considered emergency responders, is essential for quickly restoring mobility to the road systems. Long-term, these agencies need to plan, design, install and implement improvements to help mitigate the effects of future event and build community resilience. This presentation will examine the roles and responsibilities of local and state transportation agencies in critical roadway infrastructure protection.

Learning Objective(s):

  • Identify the type and probability of incidents, emergencies and disasters that may likely affect a jurisdiction.
  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of municipal, county and state/ provincial transportation agencies in preparing for, mitigating, responding to and recovering from such events.
  • Assess an agency's needs, capabilities and required resources to adequately respond to disasters