Bay-Area based Coast Guard staff tests its continuity of operations plan for major incidents

11th Coast Guard District NewsALAMEDA, Calif. — During a Coast Guard continuity of operations (COOP) exercise today, Coast Guard staff from various commands in the Bay Area are testing their readiness and ability to continue operations during a simulated earthquake scenario.

Today’s COOP exercise also tests a new staff and employee notification system recently implemented to ensure accountability for everyone’s status and whereabouts. COOP is critical to testing the Coast Guard’s ability to continue operations and evaluate its coordination and communications across various commands in the Bay Area following a major incident or natural disaster. As a key player in the Bay Area’s emergency response community, the outcomes from the exercise will ensure seamless operations during a major event when relocating command staff and personnel.

“We understand major incidents challenge our ability to continue operations uninterrupted,” said Capt. John F. Prince, 11th Coast Guard District Chief of Staff. “Fortunately, conducting COOP training for our staff significantly enhances our ability to react swiftly to any incident.”

While the exercise continues for “essential” staff today and tomorrow, there is no impact to any Coast Guard operations being conducted in the area. The exercise is intended to test and improve Coast Guard operations; no other local, state or federal agencies are participating.

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