The U.S. DOT acquired copies of the evacuation plans through three means: (1) the DHS National Planning Review, (2) the Secretary of Transportation's letter to the Governors, and (3) direct contact with State and local emergency managers or transportation officials. The U.S. DOT also consulted with the State emergency management agencies to validate that the plans provided for review included all relevant plans available in each State. While evacuation plans were not available from every jurisdiction, the U.S. DOT collected evacuation planning documents from each of the Gulf Coast States and from more than 54 percent of the State, county, and parish plans identified for the study. The set of collected plans provided a sufficient base from which to assess the overall adequacy of evacuation planning for those areas in the Gulf Coast region with the greatest threat of catastrophic hurricanes.
The team received 82 plans, 63 of which have been assessed and ranked, as presented in Table
B-1. The remaining 19 plans were deemed incomplete as essential information pertaining to evacuation-related processes and planning was missing. Consequently, these documents have not been reviewed and are listed in Table B-2. In addition, four host states (i.e., Arkansas, Georgia, Oklahoma, and Tennessee) were evaluated against criteria that focused on the sheltering of evacuees.
Table B-1 - State, Parish, and County Plans Included in the Assessment
|No.||State||State, Parish, and County Plans|
|No||State||State, Parish and County Plans|
|48||St John the Baptist Parish|
|49||St. James Parish|
|50||St. Martin Parish|
|51||St. Mary Parish|
|62||Nueces County (Corpus Christi)|
Table B-2 - State, Parish and County Plans Not Included in the Assessment
Four host states were evaluated against criterion that focused on the sheltering of evacuees. Oklahoma, Georgia, and Tennessee provided complete plans, and Arkansas provided its National Plan Review response.