Registration is now available for the July 18 Talking Freight Seminar




Date/Time: July 18, 2018  1:00 – 2:30 pm ET


Topic: Logistics of Large-Scale Incident Event Response and Business Continuity




Description and Presentations: Large-scale incident events such as hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, fires, major snowstorms, or widespread terrorist or military attacks can have a damaging impact on the transportation system.  These incident impacts can create short-term infrastructure unavailability lasting a few hours or days, and/or can cause longer-term infrastructure damage that causes portions of the transportation network to be unavailable for a few weeks or months.  Severe incident events have a particularly large impact on freight transportation, which requires an efficient, reliable transportation network for the pickup and delivery of goods.  Large-scale incident events can greatly affect large geographic areas, especially large population geographic areas, and impede the movement of goods, especially those critical to support the impacted population, such as food, clothing, and construction materials.  As a result of the challenges large-scale impact events have on freight transportation movements, many companies involved in freight movements, especially freight carriers, have significant interest in transportation operations and can play a valuable role in helping communities and regions recover from those large-scale events.


This webinar will discuss some of the logistical challenges communities and regions face when recovering from disaster and other large-scale events, and how supply chain-focused companies are both impacted by those events and can help regions that are affected by the events to recover.


The Local Distribution Conundrum in Catastrophic Events

This presentation will discuss some of the challenges associated with supplying resources to areas impacted by large-scale incident events, and how it is critical that both internal and external coordination efforts serving those impacted areas are utilized after catastrophic events occur.


Freight Distribution Needs after Large-Scale Impact Events

This presentation will examine what kinds of needs areas impacted by large-scale incident events often have after those events occur, and how freight carriers and shippers help assist with the recovery from those events.


State Government and Private Freight Company Emergency Coordination Efforts

This presentation will review the type of coordination that can take place between state government agencies and private sector freight companies or associations representing those companies when large-scale incident events take place within a state.



If you have not yet participated in Talking Freight, I encourage you to do so. These monthly seminars, sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration, are held via web conference, which means that you view the PowerPoint presentations over the Internet while listening to the presenters over your computer or the telephone. There is no cost involved and you do not have to leave your desk to participate. More information about Talking Freight is available at  Links to past presentations and recordings are available on 


Talking Freight seminars are eligible for 1.5 AICP Certification Maintenance Credits (for AICP members). In order to receive credit, you must attend the full seminar and login to the seminar with your full name or type your full name into the chat area during the seminar if you are in a room with a group of people. Visit the AICP web site for more information about AICP Certification Maintenance Credits.


In addition, those who are interested can obtain a certificate for 1.5 PDH hours.


If you have any questions about the webinar content, please contact Chip Millard, FHWA Freight Office, at 202-366-4415 or[log in to unmask] If you have any questions about the technology aspects of the webinar, please contact Jennifer Symoun, Toxcel, 703-754-0248, [log in to unmask].



Jennifer Symoun, PMP | toXcel
Director, Transportation Technology

Office: 703.754.0248 (x8208)
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