Recommended Practice

Regional Emergency Planning and Participation in Mutual Aid


This document establishes a recommended practice for a transportation agency’s participation in regional emergency planning and entering into mutual aid agreements to provide assistance in the event of an emergency with a transit agency’s resources.

Document History
Document Number Version Publication Date Publication Related Information
APTA SS-SEM-RP-011-09 Rev. 1 11/7/19 Published Current
APTA SS-SEM-RP-011-09 Original 12/31/09 Archived Newer Version Exisits


emergency assistance, mutual aid, regional emergency planning, restoring service


Mutual aid assistance should be a component of regional planning and may be provided in the form of additional services or replacement of disrupted services. This framework will help ensure that critical public transportation services can continue in the event that service has been disrupted by human or natural acts, equipment malfunctions, accidents, sabotage, acts of terrorism or any other occurrence for which emergency assistance is deemed to be necessary or advisable

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