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Planning ahead for Arctic Shield 2012

Posted by: PA3 Grant DeVuyst

USCG - JUNEAU, Alaska – In preparation for this summer’s Arctic activities, Rear Adm. Thomas Ostebo, 17th Coast Guard District commander, took a trip to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage with a few senior members of his staff June 19, 2012.

The purpose of the trip was a meeting with state partners and Shell representatives to discuss unified crisis management in Alaska.

The agenda for the meeting specifically covered identifying an appropriate structure, consistent with the National Incident Management System, for managing a potential crisis related to Shell’s operations in Alaska, establishing how a unified Alaska crisis team would operate together and discussing a variety of potential issues prior to an incident actually occurring.

Planning for the worst-case scenario allows federal, state, local and tribal agencies and industry representatives to be ready for any situation.

“The Coast Guard has a long history of working seamlessly with its partners in Alaska, and that is a tradition that we will carry into Arctic Shield 2012 operations,” said Ostebo. “No matter the environment we are working in, a dedication to our statutory missions and coordination with our many partner agencies ensures our preparedness to protect life at sea and maintain our standard for environmental stewardship.”
ANCHORAGE – Capt. Adam Shaw, Chief of Prevention, 17th Coast Guard District, provides a briefing on the roles and responsibilities of a unified command to representatives from the state of Alaska’s Department of Environmental Conservation, Department of Military and Veteran’s Affairs and Shell at the National Guard Armory on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson June 19, 2012. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Lt. Sarah Morin.