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The Role of Transit in Emergency Evacuation
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The terrorist attacks of September 11 and, more recently, Hurricanes Katrina and Rita have focused attention on disasters that may involve an evacuation. Federal law has long required local emergency planning officials to develop emergency plans that include an evacuation plan. However, detailed operational plans for the evacuation of major urban areas have not been a priority, except perhaps in some hurricane-prone areas. Moreover, the role that transit could play, particularly in evacuating those without access to private vehicles and those who need assistance, has only recently been acknowledged. The next chapter summarizes what is known about the potential role of transit and the determinants of transit use in an emergency evacuation.
DHS U.S. Department of Homeland Security
FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency
FTA Federal Transit Administration
GAO U.S. Government Accountability Office
ISDR International Strategy for Disaster Reduction