Oil spill drills enable response personnel to become knowledgeable and proficient in the strengths and weaknesses of plans, equipment and procedures in order to improve them.
2015 Drill Program Updates
Ecology tracks drill progress over a three year cycle using a drill tracking matrix and has prepared a drill manual to assist you in meeting the requirements of the drill program. Plan holders are required to schedule and conduct one tabletop exercise and two deployment exercises each year. In one of the three years the tabletop must be a worst case drill scenario.
Drill Schedule – Regulation Requires Advance Scheduling
Oil spill drills are scheduled in advance on the northwest area drill calendar.
To allow enough time for drill design and planning, regulation requires:
This is not a flexible requirement – these dates must be met. You can view the drill calendar, and/or schedule a drill here.
Drill Planning, Design and Evaluation
Ecology will plan all drills with you, whether they are attended by state representatives or are self-certified. During drill design Ecology will let you know if an agency
representative will attend. Please work with Ecology at the beginning of the design process to ensure you get the most credit for a drill.
Tabletop and Worst Case Drills
We intend to participate in the planning process for all in-state tabletop drills and attend as often as possible. Ecology will evaluate these tabletops as staffing permits. We will fill roles
during the drill as you request and our budget allows.
Deployment Drills Including the New Multi-Customer, Large Scale Equipment Deployment
In order to enable Ecology staff to attend and evaluate tabletop and worst case drills, Ecology will most likely only attend one of the two required deployment
drills. We will plan all drills with you and will evaluate the deployment drill we attend. Plan holders will be required to submit self-certification documentation
for those drills we do not attend.
Drill Evaluation and Self Certification
Ecology drill evaluations will be provided for deployment, tabletop, and worst case drills. These evaluations will include the Ecology Drill Checklist and
Matrix as well as photographs of deployment drills and lessons learned.
Out of State Drill Credit
Vessel plan holders may request drill credit for participating in out-of state table-top drills. Credit is evaluated in out-of-state tabletop drills if:
Just like self-certification, out of state drill credit for table-top drills a new process. Based on lessons learned in the last few years with self-certification, out of state drill guidance is available to help plan holders understand what type of credit may be given. Feedback is welcome.
Drill Credit for Responses to Spills
Plan holders must send a written request for credit including documentation of the response (please use the self-certification guidance and any documents developed during the response) within 60 days following the completion of cleanup operations. A lessons learned summary supporting the request for drill credit must be submitted within 90 days of the completion of cleanup operations.
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