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66 A Guide to Emergency Response Planning at State Transportation Agencies ifications to support response efforts; coordinating traffic signal systems across jurisdictions to support evacuation/shelter-in-place/quarantine efforts as needed; clearing all work zones along evacuation/shelter-in-place/quarantine routes; verifying that traveler information systems are oper- ational and prepared for use; ensuring evacuation/shelter-in-place/quarantine routes have appro- priate signage; and verifying that adequate food, water, and other support supplies are available for response personnel if it appears the response effort will last for an extended period of time. The state transportation agency's Mobilization Plan should address each of these issues. Finally, the state transportation agency Mobilization Plan should address how the agency will maintain the security of its staging areas. This includes emergency and security provisions and procedures to ensure protection of TMCs, Traffic Control Centers (TCCs), EOCs, the person- nel staffing these facilities, and their functionality. As with all other plans and procedures dis- cussed in this 2010 Guide, it is also imperative that the agency train its personnel and exercise the plans through emergency drills and simulations. Step Checklist To evaluate the state transportation agency's Mobilization Plans and procedures, the agency should consider whether it has Prepared for mobilization of response teams, equipment, and resources to ensure readiness, including activation of all necessary personnel, testing of all emergency and communications equipment, fueling of all vehicles, pre-staging of supporting equipment (cones, barriers, signs, etc.), and implementing established field capabilities to coordinate with local, regional, terri- torial, tribal, state, and federal agencies through NIMS/ICS. Administered training programs consistent with NIMS for employees and contractors, par- ticipated in joint multi-agency training and exercises, and identified and provided additional training to support response and evacuation activities. Established processes to ensure information (i.e., data, voice, images) from TMCs is integrated and shared with emergency management centers and/or first responders. Established necessary contracts and/or contracting provisions to provide for construction and major maintenance work under emergency conditions. Ensured construction contracts on key alternate or evacuation routes, including provisions for rapid clearance of work zones in an emergency. Confirmed that asset maintenance contracts include necessary preparation, response, and recovery operations by the contractor. Coordinated traffic signal systems across jurisdictions on key evacuation and response/recov- ery routes. Verified that traveler information systems are available and prepared for use to communicate emergency transportation information. Verified that predetermined routes are appropriately signed and support traffic signal timing plans and information signing. Made certain TMCs and TCCs include emergency and security provisions and procedures to ensure protection of the center, center personnel, and center functionality. Exercised the transportation agency's Mobilization Plan through emergency drills and simulations. Developed state transportation agency after-action reports for these drills and simulations and modified the Mobilization Plan and other documents as necessary to ensure their accuracy and effectiveness. Step 5--Ensure Cost Tracking and Accountability Cost tracking and accountability are not only an important part of the Incident Command System structure, but in most cases, mutual-aid agreements and resource-sharing provisions and