Emergency Management Training for Transportation Agencies

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Emergency Management Training for Transportation Agencies


State transportation agencies have a variety of responsibilities related to emergency management. Field personnel manage events--from day-to-day emergencies to disasters--using the Incident Command System (ICS) as their organizational basis. At the headquarters level, the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) coordinates the use of resources across the department and its districts, with other state departments and agencies, and through the federal Emergency Support Function 1. District-level EOCs coordinate with the department. In extreme events, the transportation department may only be able to deliver limited essential services in austere conditions, so a continuity of operations/ continuity of government plan (COOP/COG) is essential. This research applied the principles of andragogy to deliver ICS field level training, EOC training and COOP/COG training to state transportation agency’s staff in all districts and at headquarters. The data supports the need for adult-oriented methods in emergency management training. 



Frances L. Edwards, MUP, PhD, CEM, is Deputy Director of the National Transportation Safety and Security Center at Mineta Transportation Institute, professor of political science, and director of the MPA program at San Jose State University. Her most recent book is Introduction to Transportation Security, with Dan Goodrich. She is co-author of two books on terrorism response in the NATO Science Series, and is co-author of 10 monographs for MTI. Her research in climate change adaptation, cultural competency in disasters, emergency management, and homeland security has led to over 20 chapters in professional books and over 30 journal articles. She has consulted with NATO, the European Union, and government agencies in Japan and Turkey. She is a Fellow of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and a 2012 Salzburg Fellow. In 2013 she was named a University Scholar at San Jose State University. In 2016 she was given the College of Social Sciences Warburton Award for excellence in scholarship. She has over 20 years of experience as a director of emergency services in California, including a term on the California Seismic Safety Commission. She is a Certified Emergency Manger and a Professional Continuity Practitioner.


Daniel C. Goodrich, MPA, CEM, MEP, CSS is a Research Associate with Mineta Transportation Institute at San Jose State University, and a lecturer in the MSTM program. He is co-author with Frances Edwards of the Introduction to Transportation Security textbook, and the Exercise Handbook: What Transportation Security and Emergency Preparedness Leaders Need to Know to Improve Emergency Preparedness, seven other publications for MTI, a chapter in the ICMA Emergency Management Green Book, and four other chapters in professional books. He has presented papers at professional conferences sponsored by the City of Tokyo, NATO in Germany and Portugal, the European Union in Austria, and the Second Conference on Global Security and Democracy in Istanbul, as well as at conferences sponsored by FEMA and the American Society for Public Administration in the US. He has worked with the European Union’s CAST project and the City of San Jose’s CERT and MMRS organizations. He is a Fellow of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, and a San Jose State University Scholar. He has over 20 years’ experience in the fields of security and emergency management, including the US Marine Corps Security Forces, county public health emergency management, and Lockheed Martin Space Systems. He is a Certified Emergency Manager, a Professional Continuity Practitioner, Master Exercise Practitioner and a Certified Security Specialist.


James Griffith, MPA is a financial analyst at the California Department of Public Health and a Consulting Associate for the Mineta Transportation Institute. James has served as an editor, research assistant, and co-author for MTI publications on topics such as Emergency Management and High-Speed Rail. He recently published Continuity for Community-Based Non-Profits, a guide on continuity of operations for non-profits that contract with government agencies. In the past, James has worked at several nonprofit organizations in the field of public housing, serving as a housing program administrator, grant compliance analyst, and government liaison. James possesses a BS in Business Administration and a Master of Public Administration from San Jose State University.

August 2016
Incident command system
Standardized emergency management system
Continuity of operations/continuity of government
Emergency support functions
Emergency management



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