Coast Guard Sector Anchorage conducts disaster preparedness drill

Coast Guard Alaska News
JUNEAU, Alaska — Coast Guard Sector Anchorage personnel closed out National Preparedness Month by conducting a continuity of operations drill Friday.

COOP is a federal initiative that ensures the United States government is capable of establishing essential functions at alternative locations within 12 hours for a period of up to 30 days with or without warning.

Capt. Paul Mehler III, commander, Coast Guard sector Anchorage, and a portion of his staff reestablish sector operations at an alternate location from their Anchorage offices as part of a continuity of operations exercise Sept. 27, 2013. COOP exercises are conducted throughout the Coast Guard to test and evalute existing plans procedures for resuming operations following natural disasters or other significant events ensuring preparedness. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Klingenberg.

Capt. Paul Mehler III, commander, Coast Guard sector Anchorage, and a portion of his staff reestablish sector operations at an alternate location from their Anchorage offices as part of a continuity of operations exercise Sept. 27, 2013. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Klingenberg.

Coast Guard personnel may be required to relocate in the event of a disaster that destroys their facilities and other infrastructure, and the COOP drill is just one in a series of yearly training exercises intended to test their ability to maintain operations during such an event. Throughout the year, Coast Guard members also test and maintain equipment and train to perform necessary duties such as engineering, procurement, electronic site set up and the mobilization of additional Coast Guard assets to troubled areas.

“The Coast Guard trains year-round to maintain its proficiencies and remain ready to act in times of emergency,” said Eileen Nally, Coast Guard 17thDistrict COOP program manager.  “We can’t always see the bad things coming, but we can be prepared for when they arrive.”

Members of the public can learn more about what they can do to be prepared for emergencies by visiting www.ready.gov.

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