January 2018 – The Hillsborough MPO and Sarasota-Manatee MPO will convene an All-Hazards Recovery training workshop on March 1 – 2, 2018. The goals of the workshop are to consider the role of transit, intelligent transportation systems, rideshare, and social media tools in hazard events; establish clear lines of communication; and update action plans for moving on after a storm.
When Hurricane Irma promised destruction in Florida, more than one-quarter of the state’s population was asked to evacuate to higher ground. And once the storm passed, residents of the Tampa Bay region faced another issue – returning to their homes through traffic jams, debris-cluttered roads, and downed traffic signals. The workshop will challenge hazards professionals to take advantage of technology advances and make that process easier in the future.
The workshop, one of six around the country, is part of a research pilot project funded by the Federal Transit Administration in partnership with the national Association of MPOs, and will be led by the Transportation Research and Education Center of Portland State University.
Local government and agency representatives are encouraged to attend! The two-day workshop will be held at the Manatee County Emergency Operations Center in Bradenton, FL.
For more information, please contact Johnny Wong at email@example.com.