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Approaches for Addressing Identified Shortfalls 43 Mutual-Aid Agreements Mutual-aid agreements with other jurisdictions, facilities with response capabilities, private response organizations, and other entities can augment jurisdictional hazmat response capa- bilities. To include these in the risk portfolio, each new response capability will need to be rated and its response time to each scenario examined to determine whether it can favorably adjust the RTF term. Hazardous Materials Route Restrictions Where allowed by law and subject to federal preemption authority, jurisdictions can perform route risk assessments for transportation of hazmat. For highways, the governor-designated state routing agency has the authority and responsibility to oversee any such restrictions, even if they are implemented at the local level. The analysis approach is prescribed in the FMCSRs. As long as reasonable alternatives for the movement of commerce through the jurisdiction are identified, a jurisdiction may be able to justify a route restriction that requires certain hazmat shipments to avoid areas of high transportation risk.