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Emergency Evacuation Report Card

The potential for terrorist attacks and 2005 Hurricane Katrina’s flood destruction underscore the necessity for providing sufficient evacuation capacity from the nation’s urban areas. Yet, the Department of Homeland Security says, “Significant weaknesses in evacuation planning are an area of profound concern.” The  Emergency Evacuation Report Card is an initial attempt to assess the evacuation capacity of the 37 largest urban areas – those with more than 1,000,000 population. Evacuation planning is new to US urban areas and, as a result, evacuation capacity can be expected to fall short of optimal levels.  Read the full report.

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