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GUIDE FOR EMERGENCY TRANSPORTATION OPERATIONS STRATEGY 1: DEVELOP INTERAGENCY PREPARATIONS FOR COMPLETE ARRAY OF INCIDENTS AND EMERGENCIES Preparation for the broad array of potential incidents and emergencies requires a range of actions appropriate to the situation (see Table 4). Traffic incidents, law enforcement, and HAZMAT, disaster, and security events invoke various authorities and require a range of process responses drawing on different combinations of expertise from the emergency response community. State DOTs play varying roles from central to periph- eral across this array of emergencies. Even when the emergency does not involve high- ways directly, it is likely that emergency response and access will utilize highway assets. Table 4. Tactics for Institutions and Leadership Strategy 1 Location in Tactics Agency Planning Develop Relationships with State/Regional Emergency Management Strategic planning Agencies (EMA) (offline as senior Develop liaison with state/regional EMAs and clarify DOT emergency management support functions for complete array of relevant incidents and interagency emergencies. relationships) Develop communications networks and protocols among state DOTs, public safety agencies, and the state and regional emergency management Statewide program agencies. planning Develop DOT operations plans with appropriate internal plans, response protocols, and procedures for mobilizing personnel and equipment. Carry District planning out this activity in close coordination with public safety agencies that are likely to have incident command responsibilities during emergencies. Ensure appropriate district-level relationships with regional EMAs and public safety agencies. Develop Relationships with State/Federal Security Entities Strategic planning Develop formal interagency relationships and communications networks (offline as senior and protocols among state DOTs and the security entities, including management secure routings for classified information. interagency Working with the state coordinator for terrorism and security-related relationships) threats, develop appropriate response on department-wide and district basis to the Homeland Security Advisory System (HSAS) for terrorist threat levels. Familiarize Other State Agencies with DOT Capabilities Strategic planning Discuss with other state agencies with both emergency and security (management responsibilities the utilization of state DOT TMC-based and interagency communications resources for multi-agency purposes. relationships) Develop Joint Interagency Strategy Plans and Coordinated Resourcing Strategic planning Develop coordinated strategic plans and budgets for ETO among (management transportation and public safety agencies so that each agency can carry interagency out its respective role and responsibility with assurance that all roles will relationships be fulfilled. Look for joint resourcing opportunities regarding funding from state and federal sources. Readiness to Advance DOT understands its role across the wide range of traffic incidents and other emergency operations responsibilities. DOT has clear relationships with the other emergency responders in command positions that understand DOT capabilities. 26