EM06-Wide-Area Alert




This service package uses ITS driver and traveler information systems to alert the public in emergency situations such as child abductions, severe weather events, civil emergencies, and other situations that pose a threat to life and property. The alert includes information and instructions for transportation system operators and the traveling public, improving public safety and enlisting the publicís help in some scenarios. The ITS technologies will supplement and support other emergency and homeland security alert systems such as the Emergency Alert System (EAS). When an emergency situation is reported and verified and the terms and conditions for system activation are satisfied, a designated agency broadcasts emergency information to traffic agencies, transit agencies, information service providers, toll operators, and others that operate ITS systems. The ITS systems, in turn, provide the alert information to transportation system operators and the traveling public using ITS technologies such as dynamic message signs, highway advisory radios, in-vehicle displays, transit displays, 511 traveler information systems, and traveler information web sites.

Includes Elements

City of Columbus Traffic Management Center
DATA Transit Dispatch Facility
ODOT Dynamic Message Signs (DMS)
ODOT Buckeye Traffic Website
ODOT Highway Advisory Radio (HAR)
City of Columbus 911 Call Center
COTA Fixed-Route Transit Management System
CRAA Dispatch Facility
Franklin County EMA TENS
OSHP State Communication Center
OSHP State Highway Patrol Dispatch
Local Traffic Management Centers
Franklin County EMA Emergency Operation Center (EOC)
Local Police/Sheriffs Management and Dispatch
County-wide Warning Siren Systems
Local Portable Dynamic Message Signs (DMS)
County EMA Emergency Operations Centers (EOC)
Central Ohio Multi-Modal Traveler Information System
ODOT District Offices
Private Traveler Information Systems