Changes to the exercise program include clarifying the state's oil spill exercise requirements and DEC's role in exercises, both as a partner in the spill response activities and as an evaluator of what is being done.
CIRCAC regularly participates in oil spill drills, contributing expertise throughout the Incident Command System. This month, we participated in a two-day drill exercise for Hilcorp Alaska LLC and Harvest Alaska at Cook Inlet Spill Prevention and Response Inc. (CISPRI). These drills worked several elements into the exercise scenarios, including the use of drones, the method used for disposing of collected oil, the inclusion of so many agencies, and how best to utilize social media. Staff worked within Unified Command, Operations and Public Information. (Photo below by Vinnie Catalano.)