Do you have, or could you provide, an estimate of the maximum amount of people/hour that could be moved by transit in the event of an emergency evacuation? How long would it take to evacuate the majority of the population by transit and personal vehicle in the event of a major incident?
Has the emergency evacuation plan ever been tested, either in a drill or in a real emergency? What lessons were learned in this exercise?
What constraints (e.g., financial resources, staff, lack of authority, lack of influence over key players in the emergency response system) limit your agency’s ability to plan for evacuations?
Has your agency or others in the region applied for federal funds (e.g., from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Transit Administration) for emergency evacuation? If so, how much was received, and what were the funds used for?
In your judgment, what are the most important factors for a successful evacuation in general, and, in particular, regarding the use of transit?
What do you see as the major strengths of the emergency evacuation plan?
What are the key weaknesses that need to be addressed?
Please describe the chain of command for decision-making in the event of an emergency evacuation, including where transit officials fit in the process. What is the decision process to determine if an evacuation is warranted? When would those discussions start? Who would be involved? What are the key factors to be considered? What are the thresholds or triggers that drive the process? Are transit officials included in these discussions?
Please describe the process for communicating with transit providers and other local or state agencies involved in organizing an evacuation in the event of an emergency. Does the emergency management agency have the ability to communicate via voice (radio) and data (e-mail, critical incident management software) with the other agencies that are crucial to a successful response (i.e., law enforcement, public works, traffic operations, transit)?
Is the transit agency represented at the City/County Emergency Management Agency Emergency Operations Center or Transportation Management Center during an emergency?