Large Scale Evacuations

September 4, 2019

Evacuations are protective actions involving the movement of people from a hazardous area to a safer location. Evacuation can be advised for numerous hazards, such as hurricanes, tsunamis, floods, wildfires, and nuclear power plant issues, which vary in the amount of warning available and the time available to prepare and travel to safety.

This book introduces the reader to the steps involved in road-based evacuation modelling for towns, cities, and metropolitan areas from understanding the hazards that can require large-scale evacuations, through local officials’ decisions to issue evacuation notices and households’ decisions of whether to comply, to transportation simulation and traffic management strategies. Large-Scale Evacuation leads the reader through key questions needed to model an evacuation and evacuation management strategies for influencing demand and expanding capacity. The book also provides guidance for simulating the resulting traffic and evacuation management strategies that can facilitate evacuee movement and reduce unnecessary demand. Case studies are included to illustrate key points that should be analyzed in an evacuation plan, discuss evacuation termination and re-entry, and identify challenges that someone developing an evacuation plan or model should expect.

Large-Scale Evacuation combines perspectives from social scientists and transportation engineers, fields that have traditionally approached evacuation modelling from distinctly different perspectives.  The multi-disciplinary author team, with over 125 years of experience in evacuation, has been recognized internationally for their research and consulting experience in the field of evacuations.

Lindell, Michael K., Pamela Marie Murray-Tuite, Paul Brian Wolshon, and Earl J. Baker. Large-scale Evacuation: The Analysis, Modeling, and Management of Emergency Relocation from Hazardous Areas. Routledge/Taylor & Francis Group, 2019.