New Handbook for Transportation and Transit Agencies Now Available

The Mineta Transportation Institute has just released a new publication, the Exercise Handbook: What Transportation Security and Emergency Preparedness Leaders Need to Know to Improve Emergency Preparedness.

It is available for free via a no-registration download (link below).

A report on states the handbook will help agencies develop effective and cost-efficient exercises that comply with the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) policies.

According to an abstract summary of the report on, although the DHS has provided extensive general guidance on creating training/exercise programs for public entities, not much had been done to target that material toward the transportation industry specifically.

Here’s a little breakdown of the handbook:

The first section gives information about federal training and exercise requirements for entities in the transportation sector. It also summarizes the changes that were made to emergency management programs after Presidential Policy Directive-8, which was issued in 2011.

The second section is the practical portion. It includes a Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program, which uses the project management approach to guide transportation sector staff in federally mandated exercises. This section includes scenarios and implementation guidance based on relevant experiences and the real work of the transportation sector.

About the Handbook Authors

Interested in who put the handbook together? Here is some information about the authors, provided by the Mineta Transportation Institute.


Frannie Edwards is the director of the Master of Public Administration program and professor of political science at San José State University (SJSU). She is Deputy Director of the National Transportation Security Center of the Mineta Transportation Institute at SJSU, where she is also a Research Associate, and teaches emergency management in the Master of Science in Transportation Management program. Her current research is focused on the role of exercises in transportation sector agencies, and the role of seismic early warning systems in the JR East response to the 2011 earthquake and tsunami. She is also researching issues related to climate change and transportation, transportation cyber-security issues, and the role of transportation in the Incident Command System structure. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences Transportation Research Board’s ABE40 Committee focused on critical infrastructure security, the Transportation Research Board’s NCHRP Project 20-05/Topic 44-12 panel on training for field level transportation sector staff, and the SJSU Cyber Security Committee.


Dan Goodrich is a Research Associate with the Mineta Transportation Institute, and a lecturer in the Master of Science in Transportation Management program, where he teaches Security for Transportation Managers; and in the Master of Public Administration program, where he teaches Public Management. His current research is focused on the continuity of operations process and its relationship to emergency management in transportation organizations, the Incident Command System for transportation sector field personnel, and on transportation security issues, especially related to critical infrastructure protection. He is a member of the San Jose State University Cyber-Security Committee.


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