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Workshop broadens transit emergency response awareness

Bus| April 18, 2012
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.

MBTA turns station into emergency training facility

Rail| March 21, 2012
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.
Rail| March 25, 2010

D.C. Metro to use rail carts for emergency response

First responders will be able to use the vehicles to move equipment along the tracks to the scene of a Metrorail emergency, as well as safely transport people who are unable to walk out of an incident area. The MERVs run on rail tracks up to 10 mph and can turn what could be a 45-minute walk for firefighters loaded with gear into a four-minute ride.
Accessibility| March 15, 2010

Mineta Institute publishes emergency management handbook

Specific guidance and management techniques are provided to aid emergency planning staff to create DHS-compliant systems.

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