​Welcome to AASHTO's Special Committee on Transportation Security and Emergency Management

SCOTSEM National Peer-to-Peer Exchange and Best Practices Summit

October 27-29, San Diego, California
Register now at http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/maint/SCOTSEM_2014/SCOTSEM_2014.shtml​​

This three-day event brings AASHTO members and the Transportation Research Board (TRB) together in broad-based forum on emergency management principles and infrastructure protection. By sending a delegate, you will have access to current national practices that will help your emergency managers and department staff be better prepared for natural and human-caused disasters. Nothing can bring down a governor or transportation CEO faster than failure to prepare for an emergency or security incident.

Caltrans will host the summit at its facility in San Diego and will include three technical tours that provide insight into infrastructure protection and active-shooter response. The impressive agenda includes discussions on resilience, emergency air operations, hazardous materials, rail shipments of crude oil, and the national strategy for transportation security, among other key issues.


Chair: Brian Ness, Director, Idaho Transportation Department

Vice Chair: Chuck Runyon, Executive Assistant, West Virginia Department of Transportation

Secretary: Daniel Ferezan, Program Manager for Transportation Security, FHWA

AASHTO Staff Liaison: Gummada Murthy, Associate Program Director for Operations

SCOTSEM's Mission:

Be the voice and leader for state DOTs in developing an all hazards approach to transportation security and emergency management among all modes through partnerships with AASHTO, its members, other agencies and professional organizations on security and emergency management advocacy, research program implementation, policy development, and training and awareness.

Roles of Transportation in Homeland Security

Article examining the roles that transportation agencies are developing to help prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from serious incidents. (Overview of DOT Roles.doc)


Other News

Pennsylvania DOT Releases 2011/12 Winter Services Guide
PennDOT recently released its 2011/12 Winter Services Guide. The guide provides gives customers an inside look at how PennDOT keeps highways clear of snow and ice during winter and provides practical advice for staying safe during winter storms. You can see the guide here.
Emergency Preparedness
The U.S. Geological Survey will host the eighth annual Earthquake Insight Field Trip. This one-day outreach event will occur April 10 starting in Memphis, Tennessee. Field-trip participants will learn about the earthquake history of the central United States and current exposures to earthquake hazards in this area. View the full story in the March 2 AASHTO Journal.