Short-Line Group Helps RRs Cope With Emergencies

A trade group representing short-line railroads has developed tools for its members to used when confronted with severe weather, derailments or other disasters that disrupt operations.

The American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association developed the templates and checklists with support railroad and supplier members.

“Short lines need to be thinking through disaster preparation, response, mitigation and resiliency on the calm days so that they’re ready to respond in a crisis,” said ASLRRA President Chuck Baker.

The materials are posted on the ASLRRA website and cover disaster planning, hazardous materials incident response and instructions on accessing an emergency docket, as well as links to government websites.

Additional resources will are planned to be posted to the site, ASLRRA officials said in a news release.

The group’s On-Demand Resource Library offers recorded webinars on topics related to emergency preparation and training.

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