June 1, 2009

In September 2008, the National Association of Regional Councils (NARC) entered into a year-long agreement with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Office of Planning to address streamlining cross-linking and coordination of evacuation planning efforts by regional councils (RCs) and metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) in instances of manmade or natural disasters. As a result of this agreement, NARC and its Advisory Council developed Streamlining Cross-Linking Transportation and Evacuation Planning: A Resource Guide for Metropolitan Planning Organizations and Regional Councils, and held two workshops on transportation and evacuation planning to expand the state of the practice and engage RCs and MPOs in the streamlining and cross-linking transportation and evacuation plans.

Workshop #1

Multi-Modal Evacuation Planning for Special Needs Populations

February 24, 2009

Washington, DC


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 NARC held the first Transportation and Evacuation Planning Workshop during the 2009 National Conference of Regions in Washington, DC, on Tuesday, February 24, 2009. This workshop examined how evacuation planning can be cross-linked and coordinated with multi-modal transportation planning for special needs populations.

Three critical components highlighted were: cross-coordination with relevant local and regional agencies during the planning process; effective communication techniques used to make plans accessible to special needs populations; and efforts for multi-modal evacuations affecting multiple regional planning organizations which are contiguous to one another.

Through presentations by urban and rural, coastal and interior, and large and small regions, as well as by associations representing both individuals and discrete populations of those with special needs, the first workshop emphasized that while there are differences in planning for different situations, there are many common needs. Each presentation emphasized the importance of access to data, effective communication, and coordination and outreach for any successful regional transportation-evacuation planning initiative.

Speakers Included:
The Honorable Patti Kay Clapper, Pitkin County Commissioner and NARC Board Member
Mr. K.J. Hertz, Associate Director of Public Policy and Legislative Affairs at the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (N4A)
Mr. Shaun Davis, Executive Director of the South East Texas Regional Planning Commission (SETRPC)
Mr. Jack Steele, Executive Director of the Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC)
Mr. Brewster Thackeray, Portfolio Director for Livable Communities, Mobility for the American Association for Retired Persons (AARP)



Workshop #2

 The Importance of Data in Transportation-Evacuation Planning

June 1, 2009

Denver, CO


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NARC held the second Transportation and Evacuation Planning Workshop during its 43rd Annual Conference and Exhibition in Denver, CO, on Monday, June 1, 2009. This workshop examined the impacts data collection, analysis and implementation have on cross-linking transportation and evacuation planning at the federal, regional and local levels.

The workshop examined the federal data and tools that are available for use in regional level planning, the way in which data is compiled at the federal, local and regional levels and the next census’ impact on this data, and the best practices and replicable methods for regional data collection, analysis and implementation.

Through the presentations and discussions at this workshop, NARC has compiled a list of basic data elements or sets that should be examined in order to create a general baseline for cross-linking transportation and evacuation plans. The full listing of data elements and sets can be found in the workshop summary.

The Honorable Patti Kay Clapper, Pitkin County Commissioner and NARC Board Member

Panel I – Federal Resources and Tools:
Ms. Robin Smith, Transportation Planner, FHWA, Office of Planning
Dr. Jeremy Wu, Ph.D., Manager/Assistant Division Chief, U.S. Census Bureau

Panel II – Regional Examples and Activities:
Mr. Scott Kellar, Homeland Security Coordinator, North Central Colorado All-Hazards Region
Ms. Marlene Nagel, Director of Community Development, Mid-America Regional Council (MARC)
Mr. Walter Diggles, Executive Director, Deep East Texas Council of Governments (DETCOG)
Mr. Bob Hamm, Senior Transportation Planner, Wilbur Smith Associates
Mr. Colby Brown, PTP, Training Director, Citilabs

 Contact: Erika Young, Transportation Director - Click to Email or call 202.986.1032 Ext: 212

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