This Directive was canceled January 11, 2001.
U.S. Department of Transportation
Federal Highway Administration
October 21, 1997
(1) The FHWA Emergency Coordinator, under the direction of the Chief, Federal-Aid and Design Division (HNG-10) shall:
(a) represent the FHWA Administrator, as directed, on all mattersconcerning emergency preparedness,
(b) develop and recommend policy and provide overall program direction related to the FHWA emergency preparedness program,
(c) coordinate directly with the Office of Emergency Transportation in the Research and Special Programs Administration on matters pertaining to overall departmental emergency preparedness and operational readiness,
(d) provide guidance and assistance in the development of FHWA emergency preparedness plans and, through FHWA field offices, the State highway agencies' (SHA) plans,
(e) provide guidance to the FHWA and SHAs on the protection of critical highway facilities,
(f) develop, maintain, and distribute to appropriate personnel a continuity of operations plan for the Washington Headquarters,
(g) maintain a reliable emergency communications system for the Agency,
(h) provide orientation and training to appropriate FHWA personnel on emergency preparedness matters and,
(i) provide resources to support the FHWA participation in the Secretary's Crisis Management Center (CMC).
(2) The Associate Administrators and Staff Office Directors shall:
(a) be responsible in their respective organizations for developing, applying, and implementing FHWA policies and program procedures related to emergency preparedness,
(b) provide for the discharge of their respective essential uninterruptible functions in an emergency and,
(c) provide assistance, as necessary, in the development of emergency programs and procedures.
The Regional Federal Highway Administrators shall:
(1) assure implementation and support of the program elements set forth in paragraph 6,
(2) develop a region-wide capability to carry out emergency programs and plans,
(3) appoint a Regional Emergency Coordinator directly responsible to the Regional Administrator for the administration of the regional emergency preparedness program, and
(4) publish, maintain, and distribute to appropriate personnel a continuity of operations plan for their regional offices.
The Division Administrators shall:
(1) assure implementation and support of program elements as set forth in paragraph 6,
(2) develop a capability to carry out emergency programs and plans,
(3) appoint a Division Emergency Coordinator directly responsible to the Division Administrator for the administration of the division emergency preparedness program,
(4) maintain and distribute a continuity of operations plan for the division, and
(5) promote the development of an SHA capability to carry out emergency plans and programs.
Division Offices should encourage the SHAs to develop plans to ensure continued SHA operations. The SHAs should:
(1) prepare an Emergency Preparedness Plan, Continuity of Operations Plan, and Emergency Highway Traffic Regulation Plan,
(2) appoint an Emergency Coordinator to administer the development and implementation of emergency programs,
(3) provide for the conduct of emergency training and exercises,
(4) encourage private sector representation in emergency preparedness activities and,
(5) identify critical bridges, tunnels, and highway facilities vulnerable to potential acts of terrorism and possible alternatives to these facilities.
(1) At the Headquarters level, the FHWA is an active member of the U.S./Canada Emergency Planning Committee for Civil Transportation (EPCCT). This Committee consists of representatives from the U.S. DOT and its operating administrations, and Transport Canada (the Canadian DOT). The goal of the group is to jointly study problem areas in the field of transportation emergency planning requiring U.S./Canada agreement. The group meets annually to discuss issues such as cross-border transportation of hazardous materials, cross-border movements of emergency service vehicles, etc.
(2) Also at the Headquarters level, the FHWA is involved with the U.S. DOT Security Working Group (SWG). This group consists of representatives from the Office of the Secretary's Office of Intelligence and Security and from each of the operating administrations. The SWG meets monthly to discuss issues such as critical infrastructure protection, special events and domestic threat advisories.
(3) The FHWA also coordinates a number of specific issues and program areas with the Department of Defense's Military Traffic Management Command (MTMC). These issues and program areas have been grouped into five components which are described in the MTMC Coordination Action Plan. The five components of the Plan are: defense highway and bridge condition and performance assessment, oversized/overweight vehicles, emergency highway traffic regulation, military installation issues, and overall FHWA/MTMC coordination.
(1) The FRP has its basis under Public Law 93-288, as amended. The Plan establishes the basis for provision of Federal assistance to a state and its affected local governments impacted by a catastrophic disaster or emergency. The Plan is based on the assumption that a significant disaster or emergency will overwhelm the capability of state and local government to carry out the extensive emergency operations necessary to save lives and protect property.
(2) Resources of Federal departments and agencies, grouped into Emergency Support Functions (ESFs), are used to provide Federal response assistance to the state under the Plan. There are 12 designated ESFs under the Plan. The DOT is assigned the primary responsibility for management of ESF-1, Transportation. Its role is to provide leadership and coordination of all air, surface and marine transportation support activities involved in the emergency response effort. To carry out the Departmental role and responsibilities, DOT Order 1100.29G, Regional Emergency Transportation Coordinators and Representatives, dated October 15, 1993, established DOT Regional Emergency Transportation Coordinators (RETCOs) and DOT Regional Emergency Transportation Representatives (RETREPs) in each of the standard DOT Regions and Alaska. The DOT Order further describes the functions of these officials. The FHWA is the designated RETCO/RETREP in four of the nine DOT Regions and Alaska. RETCOs are the Secretary of Transportation's representative within the regions for all DOT emergency preparedness and response activities. The RETCOs serve as the leader of a multi-disciplinary transportation team which, at the discretion of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), responds on-site to significant emergencies or catastrophic disasters. FHWA field staff may be requested to serve on these response teams.
/s/ Original signed by:
Gloria J. Jeff
Acting Federal Highway Administrator