DRC-Disaster Research Center

Active Studies

Snohomish, WA, November 8, 2006 -- Residents gather to look at a bridge and road closure in Snohomish where the road crosses the Snohomish River. Record rains have swollen many western Washington Rivers flooding roads, property and towns. MARVIN NAUMAN/FEMA photo

Norton, KS, 1/14/07 -- This barricade was erected to stop people from using this road during the winter storm. Road closures were common during the recent winter storm that left up to 30 inches of snow and ice in its wake. Photo by Liz Roll/FEMA

Resiliency of Transportation Corridors During Disasters

Principal Investigator: Tricia Wachtendorf
Graduate Research Assistants: Ben Johnson
Undergraduate Research Assistants :, Joshua Kelly, Samantha Penta, Austin Barlow
Funding Agencies: University of Delaware-University Transportation Center

Study Description

Transportation corridors are vital in allowing for public and commercial mobility. When these corridors are compromised during a disaster, the way in which emergency response networks function is critical to ensuring continuity or resumption of the transportation flow. Inter-organizational coordination is central to an effective disaster response and may require interaction across jurisdiction, timely exchange of information, and provision of personnel or material resources. This study examines how multi-organizational actors/agencies expect and are expected to interact during a transportation corridor disaster. Using social network analysis, researchers will examine the codified and actor-anticipated interaction in maintaining the continuity of transportation flows along the I-95 corridor in Delaware.

The study works to :

Provide information to facilitate planning and management of response in Delaware and the surrounding states

Increase our understanding of social response networks in place during corridor disasters, which may have applicability in other geographic areas

Generate results useful in the development of socio-technical systems to better communication and coordination during corridor disasters