Nobody is ever prepared for a disaster.  From fires to hurricanes to blizzards, natural disasters and extreme weather affect every aspect of normal transit operations.  This topic guide provides resources that help transit agencies plan, respond and recover from disasters.


General Information

AASHTO's Managing Catastrophic Transportation Emergencies: A Guide for Transportation Executives

California Rural Indian Health Board's Toolkit: Cross-Jurisdictional Sharing Between Tribes and Counties for Emergency Management

CUTR's The Role of Public Transit during State of Emergency Declarations Due to Natural Disasters

Eastern Transportation Knowledge Network (ETKN) Extreme Event Preparedness & Response for Operations (EEPRO) LibGuide

Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System (GDACS) - a cooperation framework between the United Nations, the European Commission and disaster managers worldwide

Mass Transit's Disaster Planning, Preparedness, Response and Recovery

National RTAP's Fire and Flood: Disaster Planning and Response Webinar

National RTAP's START Safety Training and Rural Transit

TRB's Transportation System Resilience: Preparation, Recovery, and Adaptation


Disaster Planning

California Rural Indian Health Board's Barriers to Collaboration Between Tribal and County Governments: Planning for Major Disasters and Other Emergencies

National RTAP's Disaster Preparedness Peer Call Series

NCHRP's A Guide to Regional Transportation Planning for Disasters, Emergencies, and Significant Events


Disaster Response

Center for the Commercialization of Innovative Transportation Technologies' (CCITT) Decision-Making Tools for Distribution Networks in Disaster Relief

CTAA's 3 Steps in Transit Response to Disasters

FTA's Response and Recovery for Declared Emergencies and Disasters and Effective Practices in Bus Transit Safety: Emergency Response

GovTech's Why Social Media Apps Should Be In Your Disaster Kit

National RTAP's Transit's Role in Emergency Response


Disaster Recovery

Insitute of Medicine's (IOM) Healthy, Resilient, and Sustainable Communities After Disasters: Strategies, Opportunities, and Planning for Recovery

TCRP's Improving the Resilience of Transit Systems Threatened by Natural Disasters

US DOT's National Transportation Recovery Strategy

US DOT's Recovery Management: Transportation Industry Stakeholders


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Updated November 13, 2018