The National Academies

NCHRP 23-11 [Active]

Transportation Emergency Management and Security Summit and Exchange

  Project Data
Funds: $250,000
Staff Responsibility: Dr. Yi Zhao
Research Agency: Critical Ops
Principal Investigator: Chelsea Treboniak
Effective Date: 7/18/2023
Completion Date: 1/18/2024


In October 2018, TRB, NCHRP, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) held the Resilient Innovations Summit and Exchange (RISE) in Denver, Colorado. Attendees at RISE included senior-level state department of transportation (DOT) representatives including CEOs and deputy directors, academia, private sector, FHWA, TRB, AASHTO, and other federal agency representatives. The goal of the RISE conference was to provide an opportunity for key stakeholders to meet and discuss a range of resilience issues encompassing man-made and natural disasters. A report summarizing the outcomes of the conference was developed to communicate the topics addressed during RISE and set a framework for state DOTs as they worked to improve transportation system resilience within their agencies.

Much has changed since 2018. There is a need to hold another summit to support state DOT emergency management and security managers.


The objectives of this project are (1) to organize and hold a Transportation Emergency Management and Security Summit & Exchange for state DOT practitioners, federal agency partners, academia, and private sector to share advances in this field and best practices and lessons learned and (2) produce a summary report to capture lessons learned and best practices shared during the summit and exchange.


Potential tasks include but are not limited to:

1.    Organize and execute the summit for one and a half days. The summit will begin on the final day of TRB Resilience 2023, which is scheduled for November 13-15, 2023, at the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Building in Washington, DC. The summit will start on Wednesday, November 15, 2023, and run all day Thursday, November 16, 2023.

2.    Produce a summary report to capture lessons learned and best practices shared during the summit and exchange.



The final deliverables will include but not be limited to:

  • The summit;
  • A report with the following:
    • Documentation of the research activities;
    • Technical memo;
    • Key findings; and
    • Other topics identified during the project.


STATUS: Research in progress

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