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What Is TRANSCAER?
What kind of assistance does TRANSCAER provide?
What industries are involved in TRANSCAER?
As a member of a local community emergency response organization, how do I access TRANSCAER resources and assistance?
How do I find out what hazardous commodities are going through my community?
How can we conduct a traffic flow study for highway routes?
Once I have conducted a flow study, what do I do with the information to best help the community?
How can I plan an exercise or drill to test the emergency response plan?
How can I secure modal ER training for our emergency responders?
How do we contact companies with training tank cars or trucks to get on their calendar for training?


What Is TRANSCAER?
TRANSCAER (Transportation Community Awareness and Emergency Response), is a cooperative industry program to help local communities become better prepared to plan for and respond to hazardous materials transportation emergencies.  See the Who We Are section for more information.

What kind of assistance does TRANSCAER provide?

 The purpose of TRANSCAER is to:

  • Encourage partnerships between citizens and industry to develop an awareness of transportation emergency preparedness,
  • Help emergency planning groups identify hazardous materials moving through the community,
  • Provide guidance for local officials to develop and evaluate the community emergency response plan, and
  • Assist with training and testing for emergency preparedness.

See the Who We Are section for more information



What industries are involved in TRANSCAER?
TRANSCAER is sponsored by manufacturers, shippers, carriers and other industries involved in the transportation of hazardous materials.  Those industries include railroads, trucking companies, chemical producers and distributors, emergency response contractors, as well as trade associations. 

As a member of a local community emergency response organization, how do I access TRANSCAER resources and assistance?

The TRANSCAER program starts with establishing a working relationship with the Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC).  Most states have a designated State Coordinator.  One of the State TRANSCAER Coordinators' responsibilities is to assist State Teams with building these relationships.

Names of State or Regional TRANSCAER Coordinators can be located on the Regional and State information page.



How do I find out what hazardous commodities are going through my community?

The TRANSCAER Guidance Manual provides information and examples on gathering hazardous material information for primary routes, types and volumes of hazardous material being transported, past accident history, and resources for emergency planning and implementation processes. 

One method to identify what hazmat is going through your neighborhood is to do a flow study.   To do this you may use local service organizations (Boy Scouts, Rotary, Chamber of Commerce, etc.) and set up at key locations.  Make note of all placarded shipments as well as noting ALL truck shipments for a total traffic count.  Clipboards and portable voice recorders may help. 



How can we conduct a traffic flow study for highway routes?
One method is to use local service organizations (Boy Scouts, Rotary, Chamber of Commerce, etc.) and set up at key locations.  Clipboards and portable voice recorders may help.  Make note of all placarded shipments as well as noting truck shipments for a total traffic count.


Once I have conducted a flow study, what do I do with the information to best help the community?
As appropriate, reevaluate the community emergency plan to see if the emergency plan considers a transportation incident involving hazardous materials.   If no plan exists, contact your state emergency response center for advice and information on building a plan.   Section 4.0 in the TRANSCAER Guidance Manual discusses this process.

How can I plan an exercise or drill to test the emergency response plan?
There are many ways to approach planning an excercise or drill.  One common method is to identify a mode of transport or specific carrier and focus on the highest volume hazmat moving through your community.   The TRANSCAER Guidance Manual  posted in the Resources section provides more guidance on how to plan an event.

How can I secure modal ER training for our emergency responders?

Contact your state/regional TRANSCAER coordinator or one of the various supply chain partners moving product through your community. For example, many carriers involved in TRANSCAER can provide training equipment and personnel. 

Please plan ahead.  Equipment is in high demand and often booked months in advance.



How do we contact companies with training tank cars or trucks to get on their calendar for training?
See the TRANSCAER website for equipment list and calendars.  Be prepared for delays in scheduling as this equipment is in high demand.  The schedules are frequently booked up over a year in advance.
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