Transportation Recovery Planning & People with Special Needs


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Speakers: William Lokey, Program Director, Witt Associates
 Brent Meldrum, CEO, Coastal Transport of Washington ; In our development of the Transportation Recovery Annex as part of the Regional Catastrophic
Preparedness Grant Project, we worked with providers of transportation to vulnerable
populations. We worked with the Community Transit Association of the Northwest (CTA-NW)
which has been actively working on their goal of integrating with the emergency management
network in the state. This presentation will help further that goal by: 1. Providing an overview of
our Transportation Recovery Planning in the Puget Sound Area and what this planning means to
the rest of the state; 2. Providing an overview of the issues, lessons learned and best practices
concerning emergency transportation for vulnerable populations and persons with special needs;
3. Introducing CTA-NW, its mission, resources, contacts and capabilities; 4. Discussing planning
considerations for special needs populations in evacuation and transportation recovery; 5.
Providing the opportunity to build partnerships among PIEP Conference attendees and the CTA-NW.

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Transportation Recovery Planning & People with Special Needs

  1. 1. Transportation Recovery  and  Access and Functional Needs Partners in Emergency Preparedness Tacoma, WA   April 25 ‐ 27, 2011 William Lokey Brent Meldrum Witt Associates CTANW
  2. 2. Objectives • Introduce Transportation Recovery Annex • Define access and functional needs • Legal Issues • Explore lessons learned and best practices • Introduce CTANW • Present their capabilities and resources • Discuss developing partnerships
  3. 3. Regional  Transportation  Recovery  Annex Puget Sound Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grant Program
  4. 4. The Annex Approved  February 7, 2011
  5. 5. • Management Information • Alternative Routes • Level of Service (LOS) • Strategies • Resources Deliverables:
  6. 6. In General • CPG 101 Format • Description of multi modal system • Roles and responsibilities • Info drawn from existing plans • Tools, information and options • Recommendations
  7. 7. Section II – Checklists
  8. 8. Section III ‐ Responsibilities
  9. 9. Section IV ‐ Direction and Control
  10. 10. Section V ‐ Information Collection/Dissemination
  11. 11. Section VII – Admin, Finance and Logistics
  12. 12. Appendix B Diversion  Routing  Maps and Info
  13. 13. Diversion Routing Maps
  14. 14. Regional Diversion Routing Maps
  15. 15. Level of Service (LOS) Maps
  16. 16. Alternative Mode Planning
  17. 17. Mitigation Measures  and Reconstruction
  18. 18. Goggle Earth ‐ .kmz Files
  19. 19. Regional Coordination – Appendix C Locally Developed – Bottom Up Existing Organizations State Plan (Draft)
  20. 20. Priority Setting – Appendix D
  21. 21. Toolboxes – Appendices E, F and G
  22. 22. Section X – Recommendations 1:   EM ‐ Transportation Coordination 2:   Port Agreement 3:   Regional Recovery Policy 4:   Local Transportation Recovery Plans 5:   Training and Exercises
  23. 23. Section X – Recommendations (con’t) 6:   Private Sector Coordination 7:   Recovery Incentives  8:   Replacement Plans  9:   Bridge Damage Assessments 10: Airport Damage Assessments 
  24. 24. Puget Sound Regional Council (PSRC) FTP Site User: psrcpublic Password: 4cnty
  25. 25. Define Access and Functional Needs • Visually impaired • Hearing impaired • Mobility impaired • Single working parent • Non‐English speaking persons • People without vehicles • People with special dietary needs • People with medical conditions • People with intellectual disabilities • People with dementia
  26. 26. So what does the law say?
  27. 27. Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended Section 504 ‐ Programs, Services, and Activities (if Federal financial $ is received) Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 Title I ‐ Employment Title II ‐ State and Local Government (public Transportation) Title III ‐ Public Accommodations, Commercial Facilities, Private Transportation    Providers, and Private Testing Entities Title IV ‐ Telecommunications Architectural Barriers Act of 1968 ‐ (if using Federal $) Fair Housing Act of 1968, as amended Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 1975,           as amended Communications Act of 1934, as amended
  28. 28. Transportation/Evacuation Issues • Inadequate coordination • Focus on the needs of the majority • Excessive reliance on automobiles • Minimal use of multi modal options • Basic human nature
  29. 29. Emergency Plans should include: • Communications and support networks  • Procedures to deploy transportation resources • Plans to prioritize evacuations • Information distributed on a regular basis • Information targeted to vulnerable populations • Coordination of fuel, repair and support services • Priority for buses high occupancy vehicles • Linkages to the Private Sector
  30. 30. Access and Functional Needs  Transportation Issues • Resources • Registries • Planning • Partnerships
  31. 31. Brent Meldrum, Owner  Coastal Transport of Washington (CTW) Partners in Emergency Preparedness Conference   Tacoma, WA April 25‐27, 2011
  32. 32. Introduction CTANW Executive Council Madelyn Carlson, President  People for People Brent Meldrum, 1st Vice President Coastal Transport of Washington Kelly Scalf, 2nd Vice President Rural Resources Community Action Colleen Kuhn, Secretary Human Services Council Cris Colburn, Treasurer Whatcom Transportation Authority
  33. 33. CTANW Membership Public Transit  Agencies  
  34. 34. Non‐Profit and for Profit “Access and  Functional Needs” Transportation Providers Provide wheelchair accessible vehicles Provide ambulatory vehicles (high capacity  & sedans) Provide non‐emergent stretcher vehicle CTANW Membership
  35. 35. Volunteer Transportation Organizations (211) Local Coalition Organizations Thurston County Coalition  Pierce County Coalition Regional Planning  Council (Metro area)  CTANW Membership
  36. 36. Washington Information Network 2‐1‐1 (WIN 211) WIN 211 is a network of call centers that provide  information and referrals for transportation, health, and  human services. WIN 211 is trained to provide service after a natural or  human caused disaster. WIN 211 was activated for Western Washington Floods  and January 2009 Winter Storms CTANW Membership
  37. 37. WIN 211 Call Center Service Areas Washington State 2-1-1 Call Center Service Areas Col- umbia Whitman Clallam Region 6 King County Snohomish Skagit Region 5 South Sound Clark Cowlitz Lewis Grays Harbor Wahkiakum Klickitat Yakima Benton Franklin Walla Walla Gar- field Asotin Adams Region 8 Eastern Washington Lincoln Pend Oreille Stevens GrantKittitas Chelan San Juan Whatcom Ferry Island Skamania Douglas Mason Thurston Okanogan Jefferson Kitsap Pacific Region 7 Region 1 North Sound Region 2 Peninsulas Southwest Region 4 Greater Columbia Call Center, Outreach & Database Management Region Spokane 7/1/10
  38. 38. Medicaid Transportation Brokers                                (Divided into 6 Regions Statewide) Provide “Access and Functional Needs”  transportation to medical appointments for  qualified Medicaid clients Provide translation services Maintain data base of “Access and Functional  Needs” clients Have access to qualified non‐profit and for profit  “Access and Functional Needs” transportation  providers throughout the State Provide dispatch services CTANW Membership
  39. 39. State Broker Regions
  40. 40. Washington State Agencies DSHS – Medicaid Services and Transportation WSDOT ‐ State Transportation Coordination ACCT Council (WSDOT) ACCT Mission:  • Promote the coordination of “Access and Functional  Needs” transportation • Provide a forum for discussing issues and initiating  change • Provide oversight and direction to the state’s  coordination agenda • Report to the legislature and propose legislative  remedies CTANW Membership
  41. 41. CTANW Capabilities & Resources The CTANW is the voice for the largest conglomeration of  providers and industry related organizations.  Access  membership and resources  at WWW.CTANW.ORG Communicates directly with stakeholders, legislators, and  state agency representatives Manages the most robust communication list of  providers and interested parties in the Northwest Provides regular opportunities: Post Job listings Calendar of Events Training Resources
  42. 42. CTANW Access and Functional Needs Vehicles
  43. 43. CTANW Access and Functional Needs Vehicles
  44. 44. Get to know each other’s culture and capabilities Develop coordination between emergency planning  and community transportation providers  Provide a forum for sharing ideas about improving  community transportation in an emergency  Provide access to resources in an emergency Improve coordination and support to vulnerable  populations in an emergency Benefits of CTANW Partnerships
  45. 45. Next Steps Education to establish a starting place for cooperation  during emergencies Education on the need for and importance of MOU  documents at the local level MOU’s That are beneficial to all parties Communications between local and regional agencies.  (Who Has jurisdiction?) Triage training for establishing priority of resources for  “special needs” Transportation
  47. 47. We welcome your inquiries  concerning improving  preparedness and sustainability. Points of Contact:  WWW.CTANW.ORG Community Transit Association  of the Northwest
  48. 48. Partners in Emergency Preparedness Tacoma, WA   April 25 ‐ 27, 2011 William Lokey Brent Meldrum Witt Associates CTANW Thank you