SEPT. 7, 2018 — On Sept. 6, OR&R's Emergency Response Division supported the U.S. Coast Guard’s District 13 Federal On-Scene Coordinator workshop. Other presenters included contracting officers from Coast Guard headquarters, Washington State’s Historic Preservation Officer, and a team of salvage masters from Global Diving and Salvage.
The objective of the workshop was to prepare a group of over 20 Coast Guard responders to act as the federal on-scene coordinator during a pollution response. Topics included response funding procedures, historic site preservation requirements, and marine casualty response operations. ERD’s role in the workshop was to bring an awareness of NOAA’s numerous scientific support services to these future spill response decision makers. Trajectories, oil fate analyses, and biological resources at risk summaries are just a few examples of what NOAA can bring to a response; a complete list of services can be found in the FOSC's Guide to NOAA Scientific Support. The workshop demonstrated the importance of strong partnerships and effective communication among responders before, during, and after a spill event.
For further information, contact Matthew.Bissell@noaa.gov.