The National Academies

TCRP A-36A [Anticipated]

Transportation Emergency Response Application (TERA): Migration Options Beyond 2020

  Project Data
Funds: $25,000
(TCRP share) Additional funding approved from ACRP ($50,000). NCHRP funding ($25,000) request is under consideration
Staff Responsibility: Stephan A. Parker
Fiscal Year: 2010

This project has been tentatively selected and a project statement (request for proposals) is expected to be available on this website. The problem statement below will be the starting point for a panel of experts to develop the project statement.

TERA was designed to leverage the utility of existing, robust, scenario-based, emergency preparedness training and exercise software designed under the name Emergency Management Staff Trainer (EMST, found at https://train-emst.com). The EMST platform had more than $10 million in National Guard Bureau investment, upon which the ACRP, TCRP, and NCHRP have built the TERA application at a combined cost of slightly over $2.5 million over 10 years. The goal of TERA has been to enable more effective learning and practicing of Emergency Operations Center (EOC) response by personnel using EMST loaded with specialized transportation scenarios. These scenarios allow for transportation-specific roles, interactions, emergency tasks, and other relevant context to be easily “played” by transportation emergency management personnel who may be assigned with various degrees of training and experience to an EOC that is managed using various levels of planning. To date, and as a result of previous NCHRP, TCRP and ACRP funding, TERA now includes 21 different transportation emergency scenarios and over 1,300 simulated emergency management interactions for use by airport, state DOT, and transit EOCs. A key feature of TERA is its ability to allow a mix of onsite, socially distanced, and quarantined staff to participate collaboratively in tabletop exercises and training in real time.
The objective of this research is to identify migration options for the core features, training capabilities, scenarios, and content of TERA onto a modern platform. The scenario learning objectives, scripts, injects, and artifacts created under ACRP, TCRP, and NCHRP are valuable resources for tabletop exercises.

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