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09 2021

NJR Attends Clean Pacific Conference

2021-09-27T13:53:35+00:00September 27th, 2021|Categories: News & Articles|

NJR attended the Clean Pacific Conference on August 17th and 18th in Renton, WA and had the pleasure of re-connecting with colleagues as this conference was held face-to-face.  Since the pandemic began, NJR, like everyone else, had to adapt to a new way of doing business into a digital forum.  For us, that meant we [...]

04 2021

Tier III Response During a Pandemic?

2021-05-10T15:14:29+00:00April 19th, 2021|Categories: News & Articles|

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the incident management industry has revolutionized the way we practice and respond to incidents.  Once performed in large Incident Command Posts (ICPs), the pandemic has now prevented face-to-face gatherings of Incident Management Teams (IMTs). As an industry, we’ve had to rethink the approach without reducing the effectiveness of [...]

10 2020

Northwest Area Contingency Plan Changes

2020-10-29T18:15:13+00:00October 29th, 2020|Categories: News & Articles|

To restore and facilitate area contingency planning and management activities at the local COTP/FOSC level (as discussed above and so directed by the NCP) and to align with the rest of the service, distinct coastal zone ACPs and associated area committees will now be maintained/managed by the pre-designated FOSCs at both Sector Columbia River and [...]

08 2020

California Issues Safety Guidance for Conducting Exercises During Pandemic

2020-08-13T18:02:09+00:00August 13th, 2020|Categories: News & Articles|

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the California Governor has issued safety and statewide guidance. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife Office of Spill Prevention and Response (CDFW-OSRO) Drills & Exercises Unit has developed guidance to be implemented at any in-person drills and exercises being held to comply with OSPR requirements where credit will be [...]

07 2020

USCG – Oil Spill Response Equipment Program Modernization

2020-07-23T19:49:52+00:00July 23rd, 2020|Categories: News & Articles|

The U. S. Coast Guard issued a message directing the modernization of the USCG oil spill response program.  Among other things, it provides for the removal of all Spilled Oil Recovery Systems from seagoing buoy tenders and the retention of Vessel of Opportunity Skimming Systems (VOSS) at National Strike Force (NSF) units. Link: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USDHSCG/bulletins/296de02

07 2020

USCG – VRP-SMFF Notice

2020-07-23T19:46:26+00:00July 23rd, 2020|Categories: News & Articles|

The U. S. Coast Guard issued a notice to all holders of USCG-approved vessel response plans (VRPs) that incorporate salvage and marine firefighting (SMFF) core geographic specific appendices (GSAs) by reference.  SMFF core GSAs have recently been submitted to and reviewed by the Coast Guard.  VRPs incorporating such core GSAs must be revised to reflect [...]

06 2020

COVID-19 Pandemic Operational Guidance for the 2020 Hurricane Season

2020-06-08T19:18:46+00:00June 8th, 2020|Categories: News & Articles|

In preparing for the 2020 hurricane season, FEMA has developed a document that provides actionable guidance to State, Local, Tribal & Territorial officials to prepare for response and recovery operations and encourages personal preparedness measures amidst the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. While this document focuses on hurricane season preparedness, most planning considerations can also be applied [...]

05 2020

USCG and Area Contingency Planning and Drills

2020-05-04T15:24:11+00:00May 4th, 2020|Categories: Announcements, News & Articles|

Please see USCG Memo on Area Contingency Planning and Drills The USCG has relaxed its normal timelines/deadlines for conducting various response planning drills due to the COVID situation.  In particular, all CG Preparedness for Response Exercise Programs (PREP) associated with the area contingency plans are currently suspended and will be rescheduled.  The USCG anticipates PREPs [...]