If you are an owner or manager of a private company specializing in transportation services, assets, systems, or infrastructure, you play a critical role in transportation recovery after a disaster has struck your community. Transportation industry stakeholders or special districts own a large percentage of America’s transportation network assets— airports, ports, pipelines, and surface transportation (public transit, highways, commuter and freight rail, trucking and bus lines, and bicycle and pedestrian paths)—so your resources, expertise, and planning will contribute significantly to the recovery process. While the government facilitates transportation recovery operations, your company is ultimately responsible for the recovery of your own transportation service, asset, system, or infrastructure.
During the recovery period, you and your company should be fully involved in all means of information sharing in coordination with government and other private companies, such as joining a recovery task force or similar group. Such collaboration with others will help to build resiliency into the transportation network and will mitigate the impact of future incidents.
What to Expect?
As a participant in the recovery process, you may be asked to:
- Identify and Provide Critical Transportation Resources: Your community may need assistance providing essential transportation services to critical facilities, such as hospitals, during the initial response and recovery phases. Be prepared to provide critical transportation resources for this essential activity.
- Conduct Damage Assessments: Be prepared to assess the impact of the incident on your transportation service, system, or infrastructure and the impact this damage has on the overall transportation network.
- Provide Subject-Matter Expertise: You and your employees may be asked to advise government decision-makers during the recovery phase with regards to your area of expertise. Participating in an advisory role will ensure your industry interests are considered in the recovery process.
- Implement Improved Materials and Construction Methods: As you recover your transportation asset or infrastructure, be aware that new, improved materials and construction methods may be strongly encouraged or required by regulators to prevent similar damage from occurring again.
- Provide Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to Employees: Especially if the disaster involves radiation, biological hazards, or toxic chemicals, your employees may require additional protection in the recovery phase to ensure their safety. Be prepared to assume these costs as necessary.