University of Vermont Transportation Research Center

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Winter storms have increased in frequency and intensity since the 1950s, and average annual precipitation is projected to continue to increase across the northern United States. In response to these trends, many states have developed, or are interested in developing, emergency-response plans for extreme winter storm events. This report provides a series of six emergency response plan case studies as well as a synthesis of best practices related to emergency-response planning for extreme winter weather. It is intended to provide a blueprint for transportation agencies seeking to develop or improve their own extreme winter weather emergency-response plans, including how to coordinate an effective response across multiple agencies and jurisdictions.