ALLEGHANY CO., Va. -

It's a day people in downtown Lynchburg will never forget; a train derailed in April, exploded and spilled thousands of gallons of crude oil into the James River.

The tracks are fixed and the area is cleaned up.

Now months later, CSX is doing it's best to tell first responders how to prepare for something like this.

Representatives from the company have spent the last few weeks going county to county to help arm them with the necessary tools.

Emergency managers I spoke to say it's helped put them at ease.

Mountain View Elementary School in Rockbridge County lies 100 yards away from a train track.

What if the Norfolk Southern train that runs above it went off the tracks?

What if it happened to the CSX train along Interstate 64 in Alleghany County?

What if the cars the derailment in Wytheville last week had been carrying crude oil instead of cars and fingernail polish?

What if the Lynchburg train derailment happened again Virginia?

Statistics show it's unlikely, but Emergency Managers are paid to answer the 'what if's'.

"They were very up front," Ryan Muterspaugh, Alleghany County's Emergency Services Coordinator said of CSX's team.

"They have a lot of resources at their disposal," said Robert Foresman of Rockbridge County.

The point of CSX's tour through the state was to let emergency managers like Foresman and Muterspaugh know what those resources are in case of emergency.

"They laid out what kind of resources they can bring to localities should something happen. Everything from hazmat specialists to consultants," Foresman said.

The law does not require CSX to share exactly what hazardous materials may be coming through and when with localities or the state.

"More transparency would be good," Muterspaugh said, "At least it would give us some idea of what's coming through and when so if there is an incident, we would know what we are responding to."

"Yes, it would be nice to know," what was traveling through, Foresman said, "But even if we don't have the exact time, once we hear it's a train derailment, we're going to get as much information and route to the scene."

And that's the ultimate goal; to be ready to go for any situation, to be ready for 'what if?'

 WDBJ7 spoke with someone at the Virginia Department of Emergency Management.

He said every hazardous material is put into a classification and they know what classes of hazardous materials are traveling through, not specific chemicals.

When it comes to why any rail companies don't have to tell localities, he said to think of it as the same as an interstate highway system.

In most cases, trucks with hazardous materials driving through the state don't need to register when they're coming through and what they're transporting, and neither do trains.