The security and safety of all citizens in the region is of utmost importance and the transportation system plays a major role to this end.
Over the past six years, Baltimore Regional Transportation Board committees have coordinated with emergency responders to enhance the region’s incident management program. Specifically, working to create procedures, inter-jurisdictional agreements, and improve efficiency when responding to “typical” regional incidents – such as a crash that closes one or more travel lanes, a tornado, a small hazardous material spill, etc.
Since September 11, 2001, work has expanded to address “atypical” large-scale incidents - acts of terrorism, hurricanes, etc. These planning efforts take an all-hazards approach.
Emergency coordination and homeland security activities include:
- Developing a Regional Protective Action Plan to coordinate various planning and response activities for large-scale emergency events.
- Working with the region’s information technology professionals and emergency responders to identify and address regional emergency preparedness-related IT issues.
- Participating in the planning and implementation of emergency preparedness training exercises held in the region and sponsored by local and state agencies.
- Supporting other regional emergency preparedness planning efforts; in many cases, this work is in collaboration with the Urban Area Work Group.
- Broadening the scope of the Traffic Incident Management for the Baltimore Region Committee to address regional emergency response and management concerns.