Solar Eclipse Planning and Preparation One Month Out: Communications, Emergency Management, and Travel Estimates

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Start Date:

July 27, 2017 from 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm EDT


The National Operations Center of Excellence is coordinating resources for the Total Solar Eclipse taking place on August 21, 2017. The path of totality will cover 14 states West to East across the country, however, the eclipse will be visible and have an effect on the entirety of the contiguous 48 states.

We recommend you watch our first 2017 Total Solar Eclipse Webinar for a fantastic overview of Total Eclipse and its impact on traffic operations. In the path of totality, special events will be the major challenge for transportation operators. But the effects of darkness and unusual travel patterns will affect the transportation network in every state.

This webinar will highlight preparations underway from states in the path of totality and we'll hear about the travel volume estimates from the team at

Register for the webinar and then visit our resource page to find out more about planning for the 2017 Total Solar Eclipse.


Learning Objectives:

• Share planning and communications resources for transportation agencies
• Discuss overall planning considerations for a large scale special event
• Evaluate travel time and volume estimates


  • Laurel Radow, Evacuations/Emergencies and Planned Special Events (PSE) Program Manager, Traffic Incident and Events Management Team, Office of Operations, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA)
  • Matt Hiebert, Assistant Director of Communications, Missouri Department of Transportation
  • Tom Korty, Administrator, Emergency Management/Homeland Security, Illinois Department of Transportation Infrastructure Security Office
  • Dave Jones, CEO, StormCenter Communications, Inc.
  • Michael Zeiler,
  • Brooke Jung, Solar Eclipse Team at Hopkinsville’s Division

Target Audience:

This webinar is intended for State and local/city transportation agency personnel who are directly involved with eclipse planning and personnel looking for ideas for other special event planning.

Event Type:


Organizational Capability Element:

  • Performance Management
  • Planning
  • Evaluation of Operations Strategies
  • Performance Measurement
  • Reliability Predictive Models
  • Emergency Transportation Operations
  • Planned Special Event Management
  • Traffic Incident Management
  • Traveler Information
  • Outreach & Marketing
  • Local government/MPO/RTPA cooperation
  • Public safety agency collaboration

Operations Area of Practice:

  • Travel Demand Management
  • Communications
  • Rural ITS
  • Transportation Management Centers (TMC / TOC)
  • Business Processes/Policies and Procedures
  • Communicating Reliability Information
  • Leadership
  • Performance Management
  • Planning for Operations
  • Strategic Planning
  • Tools for Small Agencies
  • TSMO Culture
  • Simulation Analysis
  • Traffic Impact Assessment
  • Travel Demand Forecasting
  • Emergency Transportation Operations
  • Planned Special Events Traffic Management
  • Traffic Incident Management
  • Emergency Planning

Role in Organization:

Director / Program Manager, Emergency Manager, Engineer, Operator, Transportation Planner