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Mineta Transportation Institute offers free emergency preparedness handbook for transit agencies

The Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI) is offering a free emergency preparedness handbook for emergency managers at transportation and transit agencies across the country. The handbook, Exercise Handbook: What Transportation Security and Emergency Preparedness Leaders Need to Know to Improve Emergency Preparedness, includes relevant research, training, and exercises to help agencies comply with initiatives from the DHS.

"Transit and transportation are critical infrastructure because all other emergency response depends on having functional roads and transportation assets available to them," said Dr. Frances Edwards, one of the authors of the publication. "The Department of Homeland Security has provided extensive general guidance on how to develop training and exercise programs for public entities, especially for first responders. But little material has focused on transportation specifically. How can emergency response services be delivered without a functioning transportation sector? This handbook addresses those issues."

The MTI is dedicated to providing transportation policy solutions. Founded in 1991 through the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act, the MTI receives funding from public and private grants, Caltrans, and the U.S. Department of Transportation Research and Innovative Technology Administration. MTI is a member of the Mineta National Transit Research Consortium and is affiliated with the College of Business at San Jose State University.

"While no handbook can substitute for professional training, it is clear that personnel assigned to provide the training and exercises often have no resources immediately available to create a successful training and exercise cycle. This handbook provides a blueprint to achieve that goal," said Dr. Edwards.

The handbook features federal emergency management policy information and exercise requirements such as the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program as it pertains to the transportation industry. It contains information about actual incidents, templates, and specific examples of exercises, designs, delivery strategies, and scenarios. Each exercise type includes checklists for full-scale exercises and tabletop drills.

Dr. Edwards is a political science professor and the director of the Master of Public Administration program at San Jose State University. Daniel Goodrich, another author of the Exercise Handbook, is a lecturer in the Master of Science in Transportation Management program at San Jose State University and a research associate at the MTI.

The handbook is available for download at


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