Community Oil Spill Response Training in Utqiaġvik, Alaska
JULY 28, 2017--Catherine Berg, OR&R’s Emergency Response Division Scientific Support Coordinator for Alaska traveled to the far north community of Utqiagvik this week, along with representatives of the U.S. Coast Guard, Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, and other oil spill response groups.
The purpose of the trip was to provide a three-day oil spill response seminar which included a classroom component, presentations, hands-on activities, and a live equipment demonstration by the village tank farm.
The community training offers the opportunity for federal, state, and industry responders to get together at least once a year with local residents in hub communities, in what could arguably be some of the more extreme environments in the world, to talk about how spill response is going to happen in the event of an oil spill incident. Bringing together trained personnel and equipment from all over the state to a remote community such as Utqiagvik is logistically and environmentally challenging, whether it be for training or for a real response event.
For further information, contact Catherine.Berg@noaa.gov.
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