2016 NEC - Call for Paper Presentation Abstracts

March 1 – 3, 2016
New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center

Uniting the fields of transportation and emergency management to further advance and improve evacuation planning to accommodate the needs of all people before, during and after a major disaster.

The 2016 National Evacuation Conference will be held in conjunction with RESCON
(formerly the International Disaster Conference & EXPO) 


The 2016 conference will include a focus on how evacuations fit within the broader theme of  creating resilient communities. The Conference will bring together professionals, academics, nonprofit and for-profit organizations, consultants, emergency managers, and transportation planners to discuss evacuation planning for cities and regions across the United States. The purpose of the conference is to  foster an interdisciplinary exchange of ideas surrounding a broad range of evacuation issues, particularly mass evacuations prompted by disasters.

The Conference will address but is not solely limited to the following themes:
• Evacuation as a Component of Resilient Communities
• Evacuation Planning around Nuclear Power Plants
• Evacuation Planning and Policy
• Evacuation issues facing the medical community
• Evacuation for Carless and Vulnerable Populations
• Communications and Human Behavior in Evacuations
• Issues for First Responders and Voluntary Organizations during Evacuations
• Emergency Transportation and Response
• No-notice Evacuations
• Pedestrian Evacuations
• Business Continuity Issues in Evacuation
• Utilizing Social Media During Evacuations
• Airborne and Maritime Evacuations
• Issues Surrounding University Evacuations
• Issues Related to Military Evacuations
• Legal Issues in Evacuation Planning
• Evacuations in Megaregions
• Evacuation Modeling

Researchers and practitioners are invited to submit abstracts for presentation at the conference.  Abstracts are due November 20, 2015 and should indicate if the author plans to submit a full paper, which will be due by February 15, 2016. The best-reviewed scholarly papers will be considered for publication in a Special Issue for the International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction (see: http://www.journals.elsevier.com/international-journal-of-disaster-risk-reduction/).

Please submit your abstract by email to: sdmi@lsu.edu

For further inquiries, please contact:
John L. Renne, Ph.D., AICP
Associate Professor and Director,
Merritt C. Becker, Jr. Transportation Institute
Dept. of Planning & Urban Studies
University of New Orleans




Brian Wolshon, Ph.D., P.E., P.T.O.E. 

Professor and Director,
Gulf Coast Research Center for Evacuation and Transportation Resiliency
Dept. of Civil & Env. Engineering
Louisiana State University


Brant Mitchell
Stephenson Disaster Management Institute
Louisiana State University