Emergency Procedures for Rural Transit Drivers—Learner’s & Instructor’s Guide

National RTAP; 2010

The role of a transit driver in an emergency can be critical to saving lives and protecting property. Because of the nature of the job, drivers are often the first on the scene of accidents and incidents. That's why it is important to be trained in emergency procedures. This training, combined with you experience and expertise, will help you remain calm, clearheaded and be able to respond effectively during emergencies.

Best of Public Safety and Emergency Transportation Operations—CD

U.S. Department of Transportation

Research and Innovative Technology Administration

Federal Highway Administration

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration


For copies of this CD, please email ITSPUBS@dot.gov and include contact information (name, address etc) and number of copies requested.

The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) initiated the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Public Safety Program in 2000 to increase transportation safety and mobility through new and dynamic partnerships linking the transportation and public safety communities – including law enforcement, fire and rescue, emergency medical service (EMS) providers, emergency managers, and emergency communications providers – at the Federal, State, regional, local, and tribal levels. To achieve these goals, the ITS Public Safety Program has been a collaborative effort among the Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA), the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA). Through these partnerships, the program has developed and demonstrated innovative procedures and technologies for more coordinated public safety and transportation operations.

Evacuation Transportation Management
Task Five: Operational Concept

Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc.


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The purpose of this document is to outline a concept of operations for transportation management during a no-notice emergency evacuation. This report will illustrate how agencies interact with each other, what information is shared, and how transportation systems are effectively managed during disasters.

Common Issues in Emergency Transportation Operations Preparedness and Response

U.S. Department of Transportation

Federal Highway Administration


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Emergencies can occur at any time and at any place. The September 11 (or 9/11), 2001, attacks on the high profile World Trade Center (WTC) in New York City and the Pentagon in the Washington, D.C. area, made real the impact of an unexpected, or “no-notice,” event in a metropolitan setting. After those events, the Federal Highway Administration sponsored a series of workshops in 30 regions around the country to bring together the transportation community and first responders.

Emergency Evacuation Planning Guide

for People with Disabilities

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)


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Abstract: The NFPA Emergency Evacuation Planning Guide for People with Disabilities was developed in response to the emphasis that has been placed the need to properly address the emergency procedures needs of the disability community. This Guide addresses the needs, criteria, and minimum information necessary to integrate the proper planning components for the disabled community into a comprehensive evacuation planning strategy. This Guide is available to everyone in a free, downloadable format from the NFPA website, www.nfpa.org.

Transit Terrorist Tools and Tactics (T4)

University of Tennessee

Law Enforcement Innovation Center

Participant Manual

May 2007


This course is designed to address the technical aspects of detecting, deterring, preventing, mitigating and responding to a CBRNE incident at a transit system facility and conveyances. As such, it provides detailed information through presentations and practical exercises requiring participants to demonstrate skills obtained during this course. The course consists of eight modules taught through a combination of classroom sessions and comprehensive practical exercises. 

Violence in the Workplace: Prevention, Response and Recovery (CD included)

NTI, USDOT, Rutgers

Haider, Renee; Kozub, Christopher; Moy, Adrian; Partee Tracey


The safety and security of transit employees and the public is a primary concern for transit agencies.  This course was developed in response to a need for front-line employee and supervisory training on preventing, responding to, and recovering from workplace violence incidents.

How to Conduct a Threat & Vulnerability Assessment (TVA) for Florida Transit Systems

Course Participant Guide September 2005

K&J Safety and Security Consulting Services

To understand why a Threat & Vulnerability Assessment (TVA) is necessary for transit.

2004 Emergency Response Guidebook: A Guidebook for First Responders During the Initial Phase of a Dangerous Goods/Hazardous Materials Incident

Transport Canada; U.S. Department of Transportation; Secretariat of Transport and Communications of Mexico

This guidebook will assist responders in making initial decisions upon arriving at the scene of a dangerous goods incident. It should not be considered as a substitute for emergency response training, knowledge or sound judgment.

Evacuating Populationswith Special Needs: Routes to effective Evacuation Planning Primer Series

U.S. Department of Transportation; Federal Highway Administration


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The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) proudly presents this primer, Evacuating Populations with Special Needs, as the third in the Routes to Effective Evacuation Planning primer series. This installment focuses on evacuating people who need assistance in leaving an area, particularly people with disabilities, aging populations, people living in congregate or residential care facilities, and those with household pets.

Transit Agency Security and Emergency Management Protective Measures

Federal Transit Administration (FTA); 2006

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The federal government, including the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), and the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and Office of Grants and Training (OGT), and transit agencies continue to prepare for the occurrence of a terrorist attack or any other significant emergency.

NCHRP RRD 333—TCRP RRD 90: A Guide to Planning Resources on Transportation and Hazards

National Cooperative Highway Research Program; Transit Cooperative Research Program; 2009

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The enclosed Natural Hazards Informer (No. 4, September 2009) was prepared under NCHRP Project 20-59(24) and TCRP Project J-10E by the Natural Hazards Center at the University of Colorado at Boulder. The results of this jointly sponsored NCHRP-TCRP project provide a collective overview of hazard-related research and resources needed by transportation and hazards professionals.

Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) Report 86—Public Transportation Security Volume 10: Hazard and Security Plan Workshop: Instructor Guide

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This tenth volume of TCRP Report 86: Public Transportation Security will assist rural, small urban, and community-based passenger transportation agencies in creating hazard and security plans or evaluating and modifying existing plans, policies, and procedures consistent with the National Incident Management System (NIMS).

Critical Incident Management Guidelines

U.S. Department of Transportation (US DOT); Research and Special Programs Administration; FTA Office of Safety and Security

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These guidelines provide a detailed discussion of transit and community activities necessary to support emergency preparedness, mitigation, response, and recovery efforts.

Emergency Preparedness Guide for Transit Employees

Federal Transit Administration; National Transit Institute 2011

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While you are not an “essential” employee in the traditional sense, such as police officers and firefighters, your role as a public transportation employee is still as vital during a crisis as it is during a normal rush-hour commute.

To help you better prepare yourself and your family to cope with an emergency while still allowing you to effectively fulfill your duties, the Federal Transit Administration and the National Transit Institute have prepared this guide.