National Traffic Incident Response Awareness Week All States Planning Call- August 20th 2019



Traffic Emergency Actions Matter (Be part of the TEAM)!

The National Traffic Incident Response Awareness Week 2019 is a chance for all responder communities to individually and jointly make a difference by teaching each other, and the motoring public, about our common goals and responsibility to one another. In the past three years, state DOTs, Turnpike Authorities, and responder agencies and organizations marked Incident Response Week with: Targeted DMS messaging Ride-along opportunities Video sharing Social media campaigns Open houses Special exercise activities Events marking the lives wasted in preventable crashes Millions of responders are working on the roadway at traffic incident scenes, 24/7/365. Millions more motorists are passing near or through that TIM work zone. Traffic Emergency Actions Matter! Are you part of the TEAM? Tell us what you are doing to promote safer incident scenes.

Learning Objectives

Giving and receiving useful information about ways to mark the annual week, this year being marked from Nov. 10-16, 2019 by the different states.


Jim Austrich

Jim After Jim joined USDOT/FHWA’s Office of Transportation Operations in July of 2013 where he is responsible for the Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP2) National Traffic Incident Management (TIM) Responder Training Program and now broader TIM programs. Jim works with a team of other nationally recognized subject matter expert professionals in the field of incident/emergency management and planned special events. His affiliations are many and he is a good friend of the National TIM community. During his ten year tenure with District of Columbia, Department of Transportation (DDOT), and Jim served as the Acting Chief of the Work Zones and Public Safety Branch (WZPS), which he established in 2001. As Acting Chief of WZPS his team was responsible for review and approval of traffic control plans for occupancy of public space in the District. In 2004, Jim was promoted as the Program Manager for newly constructed 24/7 DDOT Traffic Management Center (TMC) and Roadway Operations Patrol (ROP) Incident Response Team. As the Systems Operations Branch Chief, Jim gained extensive experience in the Traffic Incident Management (TIM), Emergency Management and Planned Special Events (PSE) arena. In August of 2009, Jim joined the DC Metropolitan Police Department’s (MPDC) Homeland Security Bureau, Special Operations Division, overseeing the departments three million dollar Highway Safety Grant through DDOT and the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) and was the department’s TIM Coordinator/Subject Matter Expert. Jim’s passion for Traffic Incident/Emergency Management, Intelligent Transportation Systems and Highway Safety as a whole is well known.

Paul Jodoin

Paul is the TIM Program Manager in the FHWA Office of Operations with over 40 years of transportation experience between his state and Federal careers. He will be discussing the benefits of integrating public safety CAD data with TMCs, including earlier detection, faster response, and quicker clearance. CAD integration benefits both public safety and transportation agencies, but most importantly, responder safety.

Chuck Yorks

Chuck is an incident and emergency management specialist with 18 years of incident response support experience. This is his third year working with Traffic Incident Response Awareness Week, and seventh year with Gannett Fleming. He is a trained Public Information Officer with a background in community newspapers for more than 20 years before entering the transportation field. He has taught and been a conference speaker in many states on relationship building as it pertains to incident management, and has developed training and exercise programs for Tennessee and FHWA, PennDOT, and Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority. He is a certified Incident Command System (ICS) instructor, and is an active SHRP 2 instructor with more than 1500 trained in three years. His work history with Gannett Fleming includes work with agencies in Arizona, Connecticut, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin. He currently serves as a coordinator for the TIM Network.

Operations Area of Practice

  • Traffic Incident Management

Organizational Capability Element

  • Traffic Incident Management

Event Type

  • Webinar

Role in Organization

  • Associate Engineer
  • CEO / GM / Commissioner
  • Director / Program Manager
  • Engineer
  • Principal Engineer
  • Researcher/Academic

Publishing Organization

  • NOCoE


  • Learning
  • Networking

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Issue Date
August 20th, 2019
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