During an emergency, the safety and well-being of the residents of Upton is our first priority. The Town of Upton has an Emergency Management Plan which outlines how the Town would respond to emergency situations including potential emergencies involving the railroad. In addition to this plan, the Town has specific evacuation criteria for the area of the Town that is within a mile or less surrounding the rail yard on Maple Avenue. The development at the railroad is an ongoing and evolving process. Similarly, the Town's emergency plans that pertain to the railroad will be updated as needed so that we are prepared for the future.
The Town of Upton has also joined the Towns of Grafton and Northbridge to form a Regional Emergency Response Committee (REPC). An important part of the initiative to form this committee was due to our shared interest in expanding our response plans to include our neighboring communities in the event of a railroad-related emergency. This is an ongoing process that we anticipate will take one to two years to fully complete.
G&U and its contractor also have emergency plans, as required by federal regulation and standard railroad practices, to deal with emergency situations.