Steve Libhart, director of the Dauphin County Emergency Management Agency, said Thursday's accident was unique in that one crash shut down multiple roadways.
Still, the slow grind in traffic could be a preview for what would happen if there was ever a need for a mass evacuation, he
"When you get into an evacuation scenario, you should not expect traffic to flow like it does on a normal day," Libhart
But emergency planners know that, he
It's also important to note, Libhart
said, when an evacuation might not be necessary.
If there was an incident at TMI, for example, many scenarios would encourage residents to shelter in place, since a home or building offers more protection than a car.
If an extreme event required evacuation, Libhart
said, the weather and wind would likely dictate who would be moved and in which directions.
, the Dauphin County emergency official, noted that drivers can sign up for text alerts from the South Central Task Force
, which includes Cumberland, Dauphin, Lebanon, Perry and York counties.