Public-Private Partnership Forged with PEMA, CSX Transportation

Mar 10, 2014, 16:09 ET from Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency

HARRISBURG, Pa., March 10, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) announced today that it has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with CSX Transportation, a company that will allow PEMA to share operational information regarding the movement of hazardous materials in Pennsylvania.

CSX Transportation, based in Jacksonville, Fla, is one of the nations' leading transportation suppliers. The company provides rail-based transportation services.

As part of the three-year agreement, PEMA staff will be granted access to the CSX Transportation computer network that tracks rail movement. Authorized PEMA staff will be trained by CSX Transportation personnel on how to operate the system.

"This agreement will further enhance our commitment to protecting public safety," said PEMA Director Glenn Cannon. "With direct access to the company's information, it greatly increases the ability of Pennsylvania Emergency Management to prepare for and respond to rail incidents."

This agreement, along with other efforts such as the Hazardous Material Emergency Preparedness Grant Program and grant funding for specialized firefighting training, helps local communities increase their level of emergency preparedness.

A copy of the MOU can be found under the Forms and Documents section of the PEMA homepage at

Media contact:  Cory Angell, 717-585-8809

SOURCE Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency