Cover in Presentation Brief Bi-State Overview Background on Project Plan Content Adoption/Approval Process
BSRC serves a 5-county region in eastern Iowa and western Illinois. Staff has previously prepared an evacuation plan for Scott County, Iowa. The presentation focuses on a plan developed for the three-county Illinois Bi-State Region. Both plans cover the Quad Cities metropolitan area which has a population of 295,000.
Based on the 2010 Census, the combined population of the 3-county area is 214,500.
Common hazards in the region would include: transportation incidents, such as chemical releases, crashes or fires; fixed hazardous such as a release the nuclear generating station or other facility; flood events, storm or weather events and terrorist actions/threats as the Quad Cities is home to the Rock Island Arsenal l and host the Army Logistics Center.
Having completed an evacuation plan for Scott County, Iowa, there was interest in the metropolitan area to develop a plan for Rock Island County, the other half of the metro area. As with many hazardous events, they can be regional in nature and/or have regional impacts. Funding was available through a state-sourced Illinois Rural Planning Fund program administered through the ILDOT. The project was award $45,574
The Plan is created to support National Incident Management System (NIMS) operational structure and provide base information for the deployment of an evacuation through the county level Emergency Management Plans.
The Emergency Management Agency directors were the core steering group. A broader working group guided the plan. It included a broad group of stakeholders who would be critical in the event of an evacuation. The advisory group provided feedback and resource information for plan details.
As part of the effort, more recent disasters and evacuations were reviewed.
Recurring themes pointed to need for…..
As a result of our previous work in Scott County and the literature review, a plan outline was formulated. Regional planning agencies are well equipped to help define who lives, works and what resources are available in the event of an evacuation within a region. There is already a protocol in place through the National Incident Management System or NIMS that helps local jurisidictions define roles and responsibilities.
Background data was collected and presented on who are the residents in the region. Are there special needs, such as household without vehicles – where are they most concentrated, where are the elderly, where are the potential fixed hazards and what inventories exist?
In both the two larger counties, existing public safety radio plans exist. In previous efforts, Bi-State staff helped inventory agencies, band and frequency information that was reiterated in the evacuation plan. Multiple communications mediums for public use ensure flexibility and options in the event of an evacuation. There is responder communications and communications with the public.
One of the more substantial chapters is for transportation. Not only roadway routes and their capacities but also other modes – trails and sidewalks for shorter travel, passenger rail and transit for longer travel needs.
We looked at evacuations within 20 and 50 miles as well as road routes and their highway capacities.
In the last decade, more attention has been given to various sheltering options for people and their pets. Also looking at fueling resources for vehicles, availability to deploy food and water and the existence and need for mutual aid agreements between jurisdictions and with non-profit organizations, such as Red Cross and regional transit systems. Having these in place in advance of an evacuation streamlines the process and facilitates timely deployment.
Another aspect of this type of planning is whether as an urban area or rural area, you are the destination of an evacuation. The Quad Cities is located roughly equally between Chicago and Des Moines. If evacuations where to occur in these larger areas, there could be a surge of evacuees into our area and others.
The plan also address the eventuality of coming home after the evacuation.
As with many emergency planning efforts, training and exercises are encouraged as part of preparedness.
The plan also address the need to review and maintain the plan over time, so resource information is timely.
The plan is recognized by the Counties in varying degrees. It will be most useful for the EMAs. Since the plan was prepared, a small community city administrator called a month ago and asked for a copy. Their emergency staff used the document for a grant request. He said they 'danced a jig' when they received it. So, there are multiple uses for such a document.
Evacuation Plan for the Illinois Bi-State Region: A Preparedness Resource Guide for Evacuation Events
Illinois Bi-State Region for
Received $45,574 in Illinois Rural Planning
Funds to produce a regional evacuation plan for
the Rural Illinois Bi-State area.
Served to organize stakeholders, gather and
incorporate input from many resources into the
plan to ensure a regionally consistent document.
Create a comprehensive and cohesive resource for
evacuation planning and compilation of vital
information for the Illinois Bi-State Region.
Regional Offices of Education
County Sheriff Departments
County Disaster Services and
County Health Departments
Rural Transit Systems –
Abilities Plus and RIM Transit
Bi-State Regional Commission
Illinois Department of
Emergency Medical Services
Animal Shelters and
Other Transit Providers
Nuclear Generating Station
Literature Survey and Case Study
• Looked at events that could occur in our region
Joplin, MO; Tornado 2011
Taft, LA; Chemical Explosion 1983
Japan; Nuclear Disaster 2012
Use of Multiple Communication Tools
Use of ITS & Dynamic Message Signs
Planning for Capacity (Congestion Management)
Population Surge (Urban or Rural)
• Food, Water, Transit, Fuel, Shelter, Healthcare
Mutual Aid Agreements
Strong Support for Regional Planning
Special Needs Population Consideration
Providing for Pets
INTRODUCTION CONCEPT OF OPERATIONS
Situation and Assumptions
Type and Scope of
Decision to Evacuation and
Command and Control
Overall Roles and
SPECIAL NEEDS, MAJOR
Counties Henry Mercer Rock
Households 20,467 6,889 60,527 87,883
1,215 309 5,539 7,063
Population 50,465 16,497 147,625 214,587
65 & over 8,509 2,947 23,709 35,165
Source: US Census Bureau, ACS (2009-11)
Public Notification and
Modes of Transportation
Evacuation Routes and Capacities
Evacuation of Special Needs
Evacuation of Animals (Livestock)
Evacuation Plan Preparedness
Regional Shelter Capacities
Special Needs Populations
FEMA Long-Term Housing
Evacuation Plan –
• Food & Water
Mutual Aid Agreements
ACCESS CONTROL &
AND EXERCISES REFERENCE DOCUMENTS
Exercises and Drills
Public Outreach and
Resolutions passed by Henry and Mercer
Counties recognizing the plan as a
resource to be used in Evacuation
Rock Island County concurred with the
planning process involved in developing
the plan through its Administration