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OCTA CEO: Is your agency ready for the ‘big one’?

| June 1, 2012
This month OCTA joined public agencies across California in the Golden Guardian exercise — an annual emergency training event that helps prepare cities, hospitals, first responders, schools, transportation agencies and others to respond in crisis situations. In the last year, OCTA has placed an increased focus on emergency preparedness and training.

Amtrak creates emergency mgmt, security department

Rail| April 26, 2012
The functions will be integrated into the new department, whose primary focus is emergency preparedness, continuity of operations and corporate security risk strategy.
Bus| April 18, 2012

Workshop broadens transit emergency response awareness

Created specifically for communicators, APTA's Marketing and Communications Workshop Crisis Communications session, held in Miami in February, walked attendees through a scenario consisting of three incidents.
Rail| March 21, 2012

MBTA turns station into emergency training facility

Using federal grant money, the facility will turn the Oak Street railway into a "mock" train station to carry out drills, which will also be accessible to emergency responders from all surrounding cities and towns.
August 26, 2011

Is Transit Ready for the ‘Big One?’

What a week for the East Coast! First, the region was rocked by a "surprise" 5.8 earthquake, now it is looking in the eye of Hurricane Irene — a "once-every-100-years event," which is expected to impact down south in the Carolinas all the way up to Maine. Through it all, public transportation has been there and plans to continue to be there to transport customers and help provide evacuation efforts.
Bus| August 26, 2011

Updated: Transit systems prepare for Hurricane Irene

D.C. Metro maintenance personnel have delivered more than 2,000 sandbags at stations that historically have had water flow above the curb, down the escalators into stations. Supervisors will monitor critical locations, such as bus garages, parking garages, and flood-prone areas throughout the weekend.
November 12, 2010

Is there a Sully in you?

No one will ever forget the sight of that US Airways plane making a landing in New York City's Hudson River that frigid day in January 2009. As a Bronx native, I, along with millions of others who have made the daily commute down the Henry Hudson Parkway, could never have expected something like this would ever happen.
Bus| October 5, 2010

NTSB to hold 3-day Emergency Responders course

Topics will include the incident command system, events involving terrorism and/or hazardous materials, interaction with the news media, communicating with the local community and families of the victims, assistance to family members, forensic aspects of recovery and identification, and long-term issues facing the affected community following a major disaster.
Motorcoach| May 11, 2010

If you have to ask, 'What do we do now?' it's way too late

Joseph Osterman is former NTSB managing director and currently president of J S Eastman Enterprises LLC.
Rail| April 30, 2010

MBTA subway fire forces passengers from trains

Twenty people suffered smoke inhalation from a tunnel fire that broke out Thursday evening.

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