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Welcome to the Metro Atlanta UASI Evacuation Planning website.

     The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), through its Homeland Security Grant Program (HSGP), distributes funds to UASI - Urban Area Security Initiative – providing funding to high-risk urban areas based on risk and effectiveness to address planning, operations, equipment, training and exercise on a multi-disciplinary first-responder level.

     This website is dedicated to the work efforts of Regional Evacuation Planning. 


 The Metro Atlanta UASI is sponsoring the third and final phase of our regional three-part Evacuation Initiative for the ten-county Metro Atlanta Region, which includes the Regional Evacuation Coordination Plan (completed 2009) and the Tactical Operations Annex (completed 2011).  The final phase will include six annexes that address the remaining gaps identified in capability assessment.  These plans and the annexes listed below will address the final areas necessary to successfully evacuate and repopulate over 4.7 million people in the 10-county region including 584,000 people requiring functional needs support services and over 2.3 million companion animals.  These plans are intended for a large no-notice incident but could be used for any disaster that requires the evacuation and repopulation of the Metro Atlanta Region.

 These annexes are being developed concurrently. At the completion of each individual annex, each annex will be vetted in a tabletop exercise.  Independently, the annexes would take over 60 months to complete; however, these annexes have been bundled together to achieve economies of scale and to stream-line the timelines.  All project work will be completed and exercised within 18 months of kick-off.   The planning team includes governmental agencies (Local, State and Federal partners)/jurisdictions, private sector and non-profit groups.  The participating jurisdictions are the City of Atlanta and the counties of Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, and Rockdale. 

 Components of the Evacuation Initiatives

 Phase I of the Atlanta Regional Evacuation Coordination Plan (RECP) developed a high-level plan for Senior Leadership created 12 evacuation zones and developed the first 24-hours checklist. 

 Phase II of the RECP developed the Tactical Operations Evacuation Annex which provides the operational protocols and recommendations with how to support the evacuation from a Public Safety perspective.  

 Phase III of the RECP will include the development of six annexes/plans that began in August 2012 and will conclude by December 2013:

    Regional Mass Care and Shelter Annex

  • This annex will provide the Metro Atlanta Region with a regional approach to providing mass care and shelter to residents during disasters that require residents to evacuate from their homes.
  • A key component of the planning effort will be focused on how the region will meet the needs of those with functional needs and companion animals.

   Regional Interoperable Communications Plan (RICP)

  • Updating the region’s current Tactical Interoperability Communications Plan (TICP).
  • The plan will provide jurisdictions and their agencies within the 10-county Metro Atlanta Region procedures to communicate throughout the region using the UASI P25 Network; the Metro Atlanta Mutual Aid System; the Georgia Interoperability Network; tactical gateways such as the ACU-1000s; web-based data communication tools such as WebEOC and PIER; and the use of high-speed outbound notification services (e.g. Code Red, REVERSE 911).

  Regional Reentry Annex  

  • The annex will provide Metro Atlanta Region with a coordinated approach to allow evacuated residents and businesses back into the region after a disaster.
  • This annex will be an operational guide to conducting and coordinating reentry on a regional level. At the heart of the Regional Reentry Annex is a set of execution tools that will guide the region’s coordinated approach to reentry.

  Public Information and Education Campaign  

  • The campaign will develop a number of evacuation-related public education informational documents that can be posted on a central website that will educate the public on what they should do in the event of an evacuation.
  • The campaign will identify methods (for example, website, television, radio, and social media) that will be used to provide information to the public during an emergency and develop templates for pushing the message using these medias.

  Regional Volunteer Management Annex

  • The annex will be a non-tactical guide for jurisdictions and non-governmental organizations with volunteer management responsibility during emergencies to coordinate the sharing, tasking, and management of volunteer resources during incident response and recovery.
  • This annex will address the coordination and integration of existing volunteer programs at the local level (including Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTs), Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOADs), and the Medical Reserve Corps (MRCs) and spontaneous volunteers.

 Regional Disaster Recovery Annex

  • The annex will provide the metropolitan area with a regional approach to coordinating recovery operations during all disasters that impact the Metro Atlanta Region.

The annex will be aligned with the RECP and will vertically integrate with the National Disaster Recovery Framework, including the use of the recovery support function (RSF) structure.

Phase III will conclude with three days of exercises that will focus on exercising all these plans, validating our efforts, and demonstrating the capabilities that were developed.  

The Executive Leadership Seminar will provide a one-day workshop for the Elected and Executive Leadership of the participating agencies and jurisdictions to review their role in the execution of all of the plans and annexes associated with the three-phased Evacuation Initiative.  This seminar will demonstrate the capabilities of the region as well as reinforce its readiness to evacuate and recover from an incident that would reduce the impact on lives, property and the environment.   

In August 2012 The Metro Atlanta Region began the development of the following annexes: the Regional Mass Care and Shelter Annex, the Regional Reentry Annex and the Regional Interoperable Communication Annex. The development of the remaining annexes will begin in the first quarter of 2013.

Your participation in this project is crucial to the success of this endeavor.  Thank you in advance for your commitment.

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  • January 10, 2013 Next Meeting

    Regional Emergency Public Information and Education Annex

    Public Information Education Campaign Kick-off Meeting

    Tues Jan 15 9:00am – 12:00pm Eastern Time
    Atlanta Regional Commission, Ann Cramer 

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