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NAC RESPONSE Act Subcommittee

These documents include the work of the FEMA NAC Railroad Emergency Services Preparedness, Operational Needs, and Safety Evaluation (RESPONSE) Subcommittee, established pursuant to the RESPONSE Act of 2016 (Public Law 114-321) to evaluate the quality and application of rail hazardous materials incidents training for emergency responders, the availability and effectiveness of funding for such training, and associated technologies and communications methods.

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Icon for file of type application/pdfFEMA Response to NAC Ensuring Rail Preparedness Recommendations

On July 16, 2018, FEMA Deputy Administrator Dr. Daniel Kaniewski responded to a request from Senator Heidi Heitkamp regarding how FEMA will implement recommendations from the FEMA NAC Report, Ensuring Rail Preparedness: Improving Responder Training and Resource Allocation for Rail Hazardous Materials Incidents.

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Icon for file of type application/pdfNAC RESPONSE Act Final Report, March 2018

This report contains seven recommendations that the NAC approved, based on proposed recommendations submitted of the NAC Railroad Emergency Services Preparedness, Operational Needs, and Safety Evaluation (RESPONSE) Subcommittee.

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Icon for file of type application/pdfRESPONSE Subcommittee Report to the NAC, November 2017

Established in accordance with the requirements of the RESPONSE Act of 2016 (Public Law 114-321), the FEMA NAC Railroad Emergency Services Preparedness, Operational Needs, and Safety Evaluation (RESPONSE) Subcommittee met six times over seven months to consider and evaluate:

  1. New and developing technologies and methods that may be beneficial to preparedness and response to rail HAZMAT incidents;
  2. Quality and application of rail HAZMAT incident training for State, local, and tribal emergency responders, including those serving small communities near railroads;
  3. Availability and effectiveness of Federal, State, local, tribal and nongovernmental funding for rail HAZMAT incident training, including those serving small communities near railroads; and
  4. Strategies for integrating commodity flow studies, mapping, and rail and HAZMAT databases for State, local, and tribal emergency responders and increasing the rate of responder access to existing or emerging communications technology.

This report includes the results of their evaluation and draft recommendations to the FEMA NAC.

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Icon for file of type application/pdfRESPONSE Subcommittee Presentation, November 2017

In November 2017, the RESPONSE Subcommittee provided the NAC with a report evaluating new and developing technologies and methods, the quality and application of training for emergency responders, and the availability and effectiveness of funding for such training.  The RESPONSE Subcommittee co-chairs presented the report and prosed recommendations during the NAC's public meeting on November 29, 2017. 

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Icon for file of type application/pdfNAC Meeting Minutes - RESPONSE Recommendations, November 2017

On November 29, 2017, the NAC considered recommendations submitted by the RESPONSE Subcommittee. The meeting minutes include a description of the matters discussed and the resolution of these matters.

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Icon for file of type application/pdfAdditional Information - RESPONSE Subcommittee Proposed Recomendation

In its November 29, 2017, discussion and deliberation of the RESPONSE Subcommittee recommendations, the NAC requested additional information regarding the potential impact of one of the proposed recommendations.  Upon receiving the requested information, the NAC reconvened in a public meeting on February 23, 2018, to reconsider the final recommendation. This document includes the information the NAC received.

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Icon for file of type application/pdfRESPONSE Subcommittee Presentation, February 2018

The NAC convened a public meeting on February 23, 2018, to consider a final RESPONSE Subcommittee recommendation. The RESPONSE Subcommittee co-chairs made this presentation to the NAC.

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Icon for file of type application/pdfNAC Meeting Minutes - RESPONSE Recommendation, February 2018

The NAC convened a public meeting on February 23, 2018, to consider a final RESPONSE Subcommittee recommendation. This document contains the minutes from that meeting.

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