Hurricane Planning & Recovery

Hurricane Resources

  • Hurricane Hotline: 800-365-6963
    Listen to a pre-recorded message with the current hurricane impact to the Union Pacific rail system.
  • Current news impacting our rail network, view Customer News now.

Union Pacific has established the following best practices to follow during the hurricane season. 

Be Prepared

  • Ensure key headquarters and plant personnel are registered with a MyUPRR user ID and password. This will allow access to report a Service Issue and enables sign-up for important Union Pacific notifications. Register for a MyUPRR user ID and password now.
  • Once setup with a MyUPRR user ID and password, sign up for Marketing Notifications > Customer News notifications to receive hurricane updates by email.

Pre-Storm

Five days before storm makes landfall or as early as possible:

  • Divert inbound flow of cars via Diversion application. Request a Diversion now (user ID and password required).
  • Re-bill inbound Rail Security Sensitive Material cars (Toxic Inhalation Hazard, Poison Inhalation Hazard) away from storm reach via Diversion application. Request a Diversion now (user ID and password required).
  • Notify Hurricane team of special requirements, including unit train and special switch requirements by reporting your Service Issue (user ID and password required).
  • Notify Hurricane team of timetable for ceasing plant operations by reporting your Service Issue (user ID and password required). Please choose "track issue" when submitting request. 

Post-Storm

Provide Hurricane team with information on facility to include:

  • Damage or tracks out of service
  • Estimated facility repair time
  • Resumption of operations
  • Request service when repairs complete

Report a Service Issue (user ID and password required) to provide information as outlined above. Please choose "Natural Disaster" when submitting request.

Review our current embargoes to see if your area is impacted.

Rail Car Inspection Required

AAR Interchange Rules - Rail Car Repairs

In accordance with AAR Interchange Rules, customers who are subscribers to the rules are responsible for any damage, including flood damage, occurring to cars in their control or possession. This includes cars that Union Pacific has delivered to a customer’s private track or facility.
❯*Per Rule A 2. – all interchange freight car owners must subscribe to the AAR Interchange Rules.
❯* Per AAR Rule 99 – Customers who are not subscribers to the AAR Interchange Rules are responsible for the actual cost of repairs to cars damaged, including by flood, while in their control or possession (including cars delivered to a customer’s private track or facility).

* Field Manual of the AAR Interchange Rules

In accordance with AAR Interchange Rules, rail cars damaged from hurricane flooding must go through a joint inspection with a Union Pacific Mechanical Representative and customer industry. Car owner is optional.

If you suspect or see that minimum water level has reached the “RED” line, take the following actions:

  • Report to Union Pacific all rail cars and location. Includes: Private, System, Foreign owned equipment.
  • Do not move rail cars until released by Union Pacific Mechanical Department.
  • Report impacted rail cars by logging a Service Issue (user ID and password required).

Schedule a Rail Car Inspection

To schedule an inspection, customer industry must schedule the inspection with a Union Pacific Mechanical Representative assigned to the car location area. See the current Service Unit map to identify the correct contact.

North Little Rock
Jason Culp
501-373-2492
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Livonia Service Unit
Darin Musick
225-338-2981
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Houston Service Unit
Ronald Lewis
713-678-5208
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Ft. Worth Service Unit
James Buck
817-353-7040
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San Antonio Service Unit
Micheal Smith
210-200-3590
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