Proceedings Of The Marine

SPR 2015

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51 Spring 2015 Proceedings coastal habitats, and improve the tools needed to prepare for the next disaster. Continuing Innovation The NOAA Gulf of Mexico Disaster Response Center (DRC), the newest addition to the Offce of Response and Restora- tion, brings together NOAA-wide resources to improve pre- paredness, planning, and response capacity along the Gulf Coast. Located in Mobile, Alabama, the center is focused on the fve states bordering the Gulf of Mexico. The facility is designed to survive up to Category 5 hur- ricane winds, contains a tornado shelter, and has backup power systems to continue operations in the midst of severe weather. Intended to serve as a safe and ready command center during major disaster responses in the Gulf, the DRC also offers facilities for drills, training, workshops, and planning activities. All Told During the past 40 years, the NOAA scientifc support team has continued to assist FOSCs to address pollution threats from oil and chemical spills and is evolving to support all hazards and emerging risks in the coastal zone. Between spills, ERD personnel enhance their expertise and that of the USCG and response community through training, support to drills and exercises, research, and contingency planning. About the author: Mr. Doug Helton manages spill response efforts at NOAA's Offce of Response and Restoration, western regional offce, in Seattle. He has sup- ported hundreds of spill responses, earning a NOAA Administrator's award for his work on the problem of undersea wrecks and a Department of Com- merce bronze medal for safeguarding navigation and natural resources from hurricane debris. Endnotes: 1. See 2. March 19, 1980, 45 FR 17832. 3. ERD works closely with NOAA's Assessment and Restoration Division and other federal, state, and tribal trustees to ensure that preliminary Natural Resource Damage Assessment activities are coordinated with the operational response. A drilling rig is aground near Kodiak Island, Alaska. U.S. Coast Guard photo. For more information: All statistics courtesy of NOA A. Visit the NOA A Offce of Response and Restoration website at, to fnd tools, resources, and training for oil and chemical spill response. To learn more about spill response issues and events, visit the blog at

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