Wednesday, June 22, 2011

THIS IS A DRILL - US-CAN Salish Sea 2011 PREP Exercise

By Mary-Ellen Voss, Spill Prevention, Preparedness and Response Program

Today, Ecology's Spills Program is participating in a full-scale, government-led , multi-agency exercise to test our region's ability to respond to a cross-border spill event.

As part of the drill, a Joint Information Center (JIC) has been established to provide immediate response to the news media and the general public regarding the US-CAN Salish Sea oil spill exercise, in conjunction with the spill’s unified command center.

Representatives from the U.S. and Canadian Coast Guards, U.S. Environmental Agency, San Juan and Island counties and the Washington Department of Ecology, are participating.

The drill is being held at the Naval Air Station at Whidbey Island Seaplane Base in Building 13.

As part of the drill, we are using Ecology's Spills program website to simulate news updates. Check periodically to see how we're progressing!

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