DBi presents at 2015 Governor’s Hurricane Conference
DBi partnered with FDOT Emergency Coordinators from Districts 1 and 4, along with members of the Lee County Emergency Management command staff at the 29th Annual Governors Hurricane Conference held in Orlando, FL in May. The group presented on the topic “The ‘Other Side’ of Implementing an Emergency One-Way Traffic Evacuation Plan,” which explored the two major components of Emergency One-Way Traffic Evacuation Plans and the importance of all stakeholders to be actively involved with both sides of the evacuation equation.
The first part of the presentation led by Tony Puccio – Emergency Coordinator for FDOT District 4; Kevin Salsbery FPEM – Emergency Coordinator for FDOT District 1; and Richard Fimbel FPEM – Emergency/Incident Manager, for DBi Services, discussed the technical and logistical portion of developing a one-way plan. Several of the Emergency One-Way Traffic Evacuation Plans Florida has developed were covered, along with what the normal triggers to initiate the plan are, and the potential challenges of setting up and operating the plan. This also took into account the large amount of resources needed to implement a one-way plan, including the significant amount of manpower which would need to be pulled from standard operations to support a one-way operation, and the massive amount of equipment needed to properly and safely facilitate the plan.
The second part of the presentation led by Lee Mayfield CEM, FPEM – Planning Chief for Lee Co Emergency Management and Sandra Tapfumaneyi – Operations Chief for Lee County Emergency Management, discussed the ‘Other Side’ of any Emergency One-Way Traffic Evacuation Plan. The topic focused on the human factor, the evacuees and the cities, counties and towns which receive the evacuees. Challenges these receiving/host areas may deal with were explored, such as the physical resources needed for a large population of evacuees, as well as trying to open shelters 48 hours before any potential weather issues are forecasted to affect the host areas.
Following the presentation, Richard moderated and lead a panel discussion on the challenges and potential solutions of implementing a regional evacuation. The audience of 80 to 100 emergency managers, responders and planners, along with representatives from other supporting agencies were actively engaged in the panel discussion.