Proceedings Of The Marine

SPR 2015

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10 Proceedings Spring 2015 www.uscg.mil/proceedings Preparedness In addition to providing environmental response doctrine, the National Response System "family of plans" ensures key stakeholders across the system are participants in the plan- ning documents that apply to their role and that participants establish response strategies and relationships in advance. At the national level, the 15 National Response Team mem- ber departments and agencies 2 provide input to the Envi- ronmental Protection Agency and issue NRS guidance. Regional response teams in 13 regions around the country maintain regional contingency plans consistent with the NCP. At the local level, federal on-scene coordinators chair area committees that write area cont i ngenc y pla n s, which capture the tactical level of response prepara- tions. The system also guides the relat ion sh ips w it h state emergency response com- missions and local emer- gency planning committees to ensure that community level hazardous substance plans are related to t he wider NRS family of plans. Response The system beg ins wit h National Response Center (NRC) acti vation. The or- ganization responsible for a discharge of oil or release of hazardous substances The multi-layered National Response System (NRS) has undergone several generational advances to ensure effec- tive oil and hazardous substance spill preparedness and response. The core of the NRS, the National Oil and Hazard- ous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan, or NCP, estab- lishes the roles and mechanisms whereby federal resources and expertise are brought in to assist responses that exceed the capability of local, state, tribal, or territorial responders. Specifically, NCP elements support the federal on-scene coordinator (FOSC), 1 through National Response Center notifcation, interagency plan development, and assistance from specialized teams such as the National Strike Force. The National Strike Force and the National Response System Origins and evolution. by Mr. Scott r. lundgren Deputy and Technical Advisor U.S. Coast Guard Offce of Marine Environmental Response Policy History and Heritage The National Response System Family of Plans U.S. Coast Guard graphic.

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