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SECTION 6 Resource Guide Introduction This part of the 2010 Guide to Emergency Response Planning at State Transportation Agencies (the 2010 Guide, the Guide) includes key resource issues primarily regarding surface (generally highway-based) transportation and provides more detailed guidance and samples of ER policies and practices. This material will be useful to those directly involved in ER planning and operations at all levels. For ease of reference, the contents of this Section are: · Organizational, Staffing, and Position Guidance. · Decision-Making Sequences. · Detailed Self-Assessment Tool that supplements Section 4, Develop an Emergency Preparedness Program. · Purpose and Supporting Resources for Action Items reference matrix. Organizational, Staffing, and Position Guidance There is no standard, one-size-fits-all organization or staffing guide for state transportation agency emergency response planning process--and this 2010 Guide does not offer such guidance. It does, however, offer some guiding principles for state transportation agencies to consider as they establish their ER planning process and how an agency might position itself for prepara- tion, response, and recovery. One issue surrounding emergency response planning in the past has been the closed-shop nature of it--that specialists responsible for developing the Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) do ER planning, specialists who might not be expert in the transportation field itself. This is fine for the leadership of the ER planning staff--certainly, someone intimately knowledgeable in ER plan- ning is key; however, transportation ER planning requires the domain expertise of individuals experienced in all facets of the transportation process and system as well. This is particularly true beyond the PLAN phase. Accordingly, state transportation agencies will find the following guidelines helpful (note, emergency management [EM] and Traffic Incident Management [TIM] are closely aligned in this discussion). Planning-Level Organizational Principles The following apply to creating and conducting the emergency management planning process in the transportation agency, ensuring that the agency does the following: 101