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Effective emergency response begins with planning and preparation. This is what the TRANSCAER initiative is all about.

TRANSCAER (Transportation Community Awareness and Emergency Response) is a voluntary national outreach effort that focuses on assisting communities to prepare for and respond to a possible hazardous materials transportation incident. TRANSCAER members consist of volunteer representatives from the chemical manufacturing, transportation, distributor, and emergency response industries, as well as the government.

TRANSCAER is sponsored by the American Chemistry Council (ACC), American Petroleum Institute (API), Association of American Railroads, CHEMTREC®, The Chlorine Institute, Inc., The Fertilizer Institute, and Renewable Fuels Association.

Fast Facts:

  • Union Pacific Railroad and The Dow Chemical Company founded TRANSCAER in 1986.
  • There are more than 700 TRANSCAER volunteers nationwide.
  • TRANSCAER promotes safe transportation and handling of hazardous materials.
  • TRANSCAER educates and assists communities near major transportation routes about hazardous materials.
  • TRANSCAER aids community emergency response planning for hazardous material transportation incidents.
  • TRANSCAER provides a network of emergency response resources:

    • Emergency planning assistance
    • Classroom and hands-on training
    • Support for community drills and exercises
    • Whistle-Stop Tours training to communities in states along rail corridors
    • Technical information, references and training materials
    • National conferences and workshops for sharing best practices and networking
    • State coordinators support and connection

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