Elise Miller-Hooks

Publications: Journal 68

“Supporting Mobility-Impaired Populations in Emergency Evacuation"

Transportation Research Record 2536, 86-97.
Feng, L., N. Vodopivec, E. Miller-Hooks (2015)

Pub68One of the populations' most vulnerable in emergencies is persons with impaired mobility. During an evacuation, the mobility-impaired need special arrangements while being transported to shelters and special accommodations during their shelter stays. With limited resources, not all shelters can be specially equipped for low-mobility evacuees. In this paper, we address the problem of simultaneously choosing a particular subset of shelters to equip, matching persons with impaired mobility to these shelters, and routing paratransit vehicles to bring passengers to shelters accordingly. We formulate the problem as a mixed-integer program and propose a heuristic appropriate for solving real-world, large-scale instances. These solution strategies can form the basis of a practical tool to be used for evacuation planning. We construct an evacuation scenario based on real-world evacuation zones, shelter locations, and population statistics for New York City, and we use this scenario to evaluate our heuristic.


Elise Miller-Hooks, Ph.D.
Bill & Eleanor Hazel Chair in Infrastructure Engineering

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