Texas Emergency Management ONLINE2012 Vol. 59 No. 11

Formula 1™ US Grand Prix - Texas Style

Austin is gearing up to host the 2012 Formula 1™ United States Grand Prix on November 16-18 at the new Circuit Of The Americas facility. It is the first purpose-built Grand Prix facility in the U.S. Circuit of The Americas is situated on a 1000-acre site in southeast Austin, approximately two miles from Austin Bergstrom International Airport.

Built around a state-of-the-art 3.4-mile circuit track with capacity for 120,000 fans and an elevation change of 133 feet, the facility is designed for any and all classes of racing – from motor power, to human power.

With an expected 300,000 visitors, from around the world, in Austin for race weekend, Formula 1 is making an impact. Planning includes agencies and organizations from federal, state, and local jurisdictions including the city of Austin, Travis County, Circuit of the Americas, Capital Metro, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Austin Regional Intelligence Center, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of State, the Federal Aviation Administration, the Texas Department of Transportation and the Texas Department of Public Safety.

With multiple emergency operations centers and incident command posts activated across the city, the emergency management community is prepared for the race. DPS and the Texas Division of Emergency Management as well as the Texas Emergency Management Council will be activated to support all events during race weekend.

With many activities leading up to race day, the city of Austin has created a website to cover a range of information for both residents and visitors to the area. Check out the following links for more information.

http://www.austintexas.gov/department/austin-grand-prix

http://circuitoftheamericas.com/


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