16-04: Emergency Operations Methodology for Extreme Winter Storm Events

Problem

Severe winter storms develop through the combination of multiple meteorological factors. These severe winter storms bring threats of damage to infrastructure and personal health impacts from low temperatures and/or strong winds, but often exacerbate these threats with heavy accumulations of snow.

Many state agencies lack the plans necessary to guide them through an effective response that needs to be coordinated between multiple agencies and jurisdictions who typically do not interact on a day-to-day basis. Therefore, these types of plans are often most effective when they provide a formal communications protocol and contact information for these agencies to follow.

Objective

The goal of this project is to provide guidance to transportation agencies seeking to develop or improve and expand their current plans and policies for handling severe-to-extreme storm events. Such events typically include the involvement of multiple departments within a transportation agency and coordination of multiple agencies (including state and local) affected by the extreme winter weather.

Expected Results

Clear Roads members expect that much can be learned by capturing experiences and best practices from among their peer agencies. Implementation of such guidance is expected to result in more robust, coordinated plans nationwide, which will allow for more successful execution of such plans.

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