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Practices in Airport Emergency Plans A Synthesis of Airport Practice Stephanie Murphy Ashlee Herring Delventhal Crystal Kline Blanca Rand Tidal Basin GovernmenT ConsulTinG, llC Alexandria, VA 2021 Research sponsored by the Federal Aviation Administration Subscriber Categories Aviation â¢ Safety and Human Factors â¢ Security and Emergencies A I R P O R T C O O P E R A T I V E R E S E A R C H P R O G R A M ACRP SYNTHESIS 115
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CRP STAFF FOR ACRP SYNTHESIS 115 Christopher J. Hedges, Director, Cooperative Research Programs Lori L. Sundstrom, Deputy Director, Cooperative Research Programs Marci A. Greenberger, Manager, Airport Cooperative Research Program Tanya M. Zwahlen, Senior Program Officer Stephanie L. Campbell, Senior Program Assistant Eileen P. Delaney, Director of Publications Natalie Barnes, Associate Director of Publications ACRP PROJECT 11-03 PANEL Joshua D. Abramson, Tupelo Regional Airport, Tupelo, MS (Chair) Debbie K. Alke, Montana Department of Transportation, Helena, MT Gloria G. Bender, TransSolutions, LLC, Fort Worth, TX David A. Byers, Quadrex Aviation LLC, Melbourne, FL Traci Clark, Allegheny County Airport Authority, West Mifflin, PA David N. Edwards, Jr., GreenvilleâSpartanburg Airport Commission, Greer, SC Brenda L. Enos, Burns & McDonnell, Newton, MA Patrick Magnotta, FAA Liaison Liying Gu, Airports Council InternationalâNorth America Liaison Adam Williams, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association Liaison Christine L. Gerencher, TRB Liaison TOPIC S04-24 PANEL Christopher R. Bidwell, Airports Council InternationalâNorth America, Washington, D.C. Traci Clark, Allegheny County Airport Authority, West Mifflin, PA Scott A. Corzine, Ankura Consulting, Inc., New York, NY Terrence Daley, Transportation Public Health Preparedness Consultants, LCC, Lithonia, GA Paul Khera, Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities, Juneau, AK Meaghan Smalley, Jacksonville Aviation Authority, Jacksonville, FL Brandy Welch, IEM (formerly LAX, American Red Cross), Playa del Rey, CA Marc Tonnacliff , FAA Liaison C O O P E R A T I V E R E S E A R C H P R O G R A M S
ABOUT THE ACRP SYNTHESIS PROGRAM Airport administrators, engineers, and researchers often face problems for which information already exists, either in documented form or as undocumented experience and practice. This infor- mation may be fragmented, scattered, and unevaluated. As a consequence, full knowledge of what has been learned about a problem may not be brought to bear on its solution. Costly research findings may go unused, valuable experience may be overlooked, and due consideration may not be given to recommended practices for solving or alleviating the problem. There is information on nearly every subject of concern to the airport industry. Much of it derives from research or from the work of practitioners faced with problems in their day-to-day work. To provide a systematic means for assembling and evaluating such useful information and to make it available to the entire airport community, the Airport Cooperative Research Program authorized the Transportation Research Board to undertake a continuing project. This project, ACRP Project 11-03, âSynthesis of Information Related to Airport Practices,â searches out and synthesizes useful knowl- edge from all available sources and prepares concise, documented reports on specific topics. Reports from this endeavor constitute an ACRP report series, Synthesis of Airport Practice. This synthesis series reports on current knowledge and practice, in a compact format, without the detailed directions usually found in handbooks or design manuals. Each report in the series provides a compendium of the best knowledge available on those measures found to be the most successful in resolving specific problems. FOREWORD By Tanya M. Zwahlen Staff Officer Transportation Research Board The objective of ACRP Synthesis 115: Practices in Airport Emergency Plans was to gather informa- tion about the issues and challenges experienced by airport managers, with airport emergency plans as useful and actionable documents for supporting airports in defining roles and responsibilities of stakeholders during emergencies, identifying specific threats that could affect airports, and estab- lishing communication protocols for the airport community. The audience for this timely resource is the airport community and stakeholders. The report gathers relevant data specific to airport emer- gency plan practices that can be applied effectively to other airports, including general aviation air- ports, whether they are required to maintain an airport emergency plan. The information contained in this synthesis was obtained using four sources. First, a literature review compiled relevant existing research about the topic. Second, the consultant participated in an in-person plenary panel discussion with 175 attendees. Third, the consultant also surveyed 81 airport representatives from 62 airports. Fourth, the consultant conducted interviews with airport officials. Stephanie Murphy and team members Ashlee Herring Delventhal, Crystal Kline, and Blanca Rand of Tidal Basin Government Consulting, LLC, collected and synthesized the information and wrote the report. The members of the topic panel are acknowledged on page iv. This synthesis is an imme- diately useful document that records the practices that were acceptable within the limitations of the knowledge available at the time of its preparation. As progress in research and practice continues, new knowledge will be added to that now at hand. 15719-00b_FM-3rdPgs.indd 5 1/28/21 3:32 PM
1 Summary 4 Chapter 1 Introduction 4 Background 5 Study Methodology 5 Literature Review 7 Synthesis Organization 7 Selection of Airports and Data Collection 10 Chapter 2 History and Development of the Airport Emergency Plan 10 History of the Airport Emergency Plan 11 Requirements for Airport Emergency Plan Development 16 Chapter 3 Current Airport Emergency Plan Practices 16 AAAE International Airport Emergency Management Conference, Plenary Session 17 Online Survey (SurveyMonkey) 19 Is the AEP Seen as an Actionable and Sufficient Response Document? 22 Successful Practices in Developing and Updating the AEP 23 Challenges in Developing and Updating the AEP 25 Challenges in Using the AEP During an Incident 26 How Is the AEP Used? 27 How Can Airports Make the AEP Actionable and Relevant? 27 Metrics for Developing AEP Annexes 28 Development of Annexes, Plans, SOPs, or Checklists 30 Overcoming Challenges 32 Socializing the Plan 33 Other Partner Preparedness Plans 34 The ProofâTraining, Testing, and Validation 35 Inspection Feedback 35 Lessons Learned 36 What Would Airport Respondents Change About the AEP? 37 Chapter 4 Case Examples 37 Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) 38 AEP Practices and Processes 40 Successful Practices 40 Lessons Learned 40 Summary 41 George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) 41 AEP Practices and Processes 43 Successful Practices 43 Lessons Learned 43 Summary 44 Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) 44 AEP Practices and Processes 46 Successful Practices C O N T E N T S
47 Lessons Learned 47 Summary 47 McCarran International Airport (LAS) 49 AEP Practices and Processes 49 Future Planning and AEP Practice Refinement 49 Innovative Solutions Developed 50 Other Successful Practices 50 Lessons Learned 51 Summary 51 Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA) 52 AEP Practices and Processes 53 Successful Practices 53 Lessons Learned 54 Summary 54 Boulder City Municipal Airport (BVU) 55 AEP Practices and Processes 55 AEP Status and Use 56 Challenges Experienced in Developing and Implementing an AEP in a General Aviation Airport 56 Successful Practices in AEP Development at a GA Airport 56 Considerations for Other GA Airports Considering Developing an AEP 57 Summary 57 Centennial Airport (APA) 58 AEP Practices and Processes 58 AEP Use 59 Challenges Experienced 59 Successful Practices 60 Summary 61 Chapter 5 Salient Findings 61 Successful Practices 63 Lessons Learned 63 Enduring Challenges 65 Chapter 6 Conclusions 65 Major Conclusions 66 Further Research 67 Glossary of Terms 76 Acronyms and Abbreviations 78 Airport Codes 80 Appendix A References and Bibliography 83 Appendix B Annotated Bibliography 90 Appendix C SurveyMonkey (Online) Survey Questions and Responses 136 Appendix D Phone Interview Questions 137 Appendix E McCarran International Airport EAP Reference Guide Note: Photographs, figures, and tables in this report may have been converted from color to grayscale for printing. The electronic version of the report (posted on the web at www.trb.org) retains the color versions.