Spill Response Exercises
Oil Discharge Prevention and Contingency Plan Exercises
Oil spill response exercises may range from small equipment deployments or focused incident management team exercise to large-scale equipment deployments based on the aspect or component(s) of a Plan the Department, partner agencies, and/or the plan holder need to test. Exercises provide the opportunity to identify and correct gaps either through plan amendments, operational improvements, or both. If the Department finds it necessary, it may conduct additional exercises to verify improvements have been made and the plan can be adequately implemented.
Oil Spill Response Exercise Guidance
DEC has prepared an Oil Spill Response Exercise Guidance: A Manual for Planning, Conducting, and Evaluating Exercises (Guidance). The Guidance is intended to provide DEC staff, Oil Discharge Prevention and Contingency Plan holders, response action contractors, partner agencies, and other stakeholders with a common framework on how to design and develop, conduct, and evaluate oil spill response exercises. The Guidance and related information is available on DEC’s Oil Spill Response Exercise Guidance page.
Hazardous Material Spill Response Exercises
For more information on hazardous materials response planning and exercises, please see PPR's Response Planning page.
All-Hazards Partner Agency Response Planning
Department staff participate and support exercises led by other local, state, and federal emergency management partners. These exercises often focus on responding and recovering from both natural and man-made disasters, called “all-hazards” events. For more information on these all-hazard response exercises, please see the Alaska Department of Military & Veterans Affairs website, the Exercise Section of the Division of Homeland Security & Emergency Management website, and the State and Local Response Planning Section of PPR’s Response Planning page.