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Mid-America Transportation Center

Real-Time Emergency Communication System for HazMat Incidents (REaCH) - Phase III



University

University of Nebraska Omaha

Principal Investigator
Ann Fruhling
PI Contact Information
afruhling@unomaha.edu
Funding Source(s) and Amounts Provided
USDOT: $134,555
UNO: $74,767
Total Project Cost
$ 209,322
Agency ID or Contract Number
69A3551747107
Start Date
10/1/2019
End Date
9/30/2020
Research Objective
Transporting hazardous materials safely, establishing requirements for real-time emergency response information, and monitoring human exposure from hazardous material incidents are national concerns. These concerns are documented in the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act, or “FAST Act.” President Obama signed into law.
Potential Benefits
The results from this project may serve to inform national guidelines and policy formation in the realm of 1) personal protection equipment (PPE) and protocols (i.e., distance and time within proximity of hazardous material) used in the response to hazardous materials, and 2) statewide IT communication protocols, with an emphasis on data and cyber security, and transfer of health information for hazardous materials incidents. The project will track data on the three MATC research performance metrics for required quarterly and final MATC reports (intellectual property, implementation, scholarly work).
Brief Description of Research Project
The primary goal of this project is to create a real-time data gathering and emergency communication system (e.g., integrated dashboard) for HazMat incidents in Nebraska that collects, integrates, and facilitates sharing of information among transportation workers and first responders.  This project aligns directly with the Mid-America Transportation Center’s interest in research projects that seek to advance the USDOT’s strategic goals of enhancing safety. 
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