Absence of freight transportation plans in state and county emergency operations plans

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dc.contributor.advisor Foltz, Franz
dc.contributor.author Brown, Christine
dc.date.accessioned 2009-10-12T15:15:04Z
dc.date.available 2009-10-12T15:15:04Z
dc.date.issued 2009-07
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1850/10614
dc.description.abstract Natural disasters have the ability to disrupt structured systems in the United States, such as transportation systems and freight routes. When a natural disaster occurs, freight is forced to reroute around the effected areas. Rerouting slows recovery efforts, as well as normal transportation of goods within the United States. Therefore, natural disasters, with respect to freight routes, have widespread impacts and the possibility for acute hardship in disaster-prone areas. This thesis examines how comprehensive state and local level emergency operations plans are with respect to freight transportation rerouting following a natural disaster. Coastal cities can modify freight routes and this rerouting might affect recovery efforts and the normal flow of freight. First, seven coastal cities emergency operations plans are examined for specific elements of freight transportation planning. From there, the project determined how complete local level emergency operations plans are in terms of freight transportation and the framework needed for a freight transportation plan. The result of this research was policy recommendations to improve the resiliency of freight transportation networks surrounding coastal cities and incorporate freight transportation planning into emergency operations. The resiliency of freight routes following natural disasters is important because there can be widespread effects on the delivery of goods to the U.S. as well as recovery supplies to the effected area. If freight routes could be modeled to efficiently deliver rescue supplies and goods, while also minimizing the environmental effects, the benefits of uninterrupted service to the transportation system and society could possibly be substantial. The transportation system cannot encounter difficulties whenever a natural or manmade disaster occurs; therefore the United States needs to be better equipped to counteract interruptions in freight routes. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.subject Emergency en_US
dc.subject Planning en_US
dc.subject.lcc HE206.2 .B76 2009
dc.subject.lcsh Transportation--United States--Planning--Research en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Freight and freightage--United States--Research en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Emergency management--United States--Evaluation en_US
dc.title Absence of freight transportation plans in state and county emergency operations plans en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.description.college College of Liberal Arts en_US
dc.description.department Science, Technology and Public Policy en_US
dc.description.school Rochester Institute of Technology en_US

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