Coast Guard, partner agencies meet to update Keys Contingency Plan

Coast Guard District 7 NewsMARATHON, Fla. — Coast Guard Sector Key West members met with federal, state and local agency officials here Monday to update the Florida Keys Area Contingency Plan. The plan ensures readiness to respond to any possible oil or hazardous substance that could impact the Florida Keys coastline.

The collection of interagency partners, which makes up the Florida Keys Area Committee, seeks to enhance the response community’s ability to mitigate substantial threats or actual incidents through coordinated planning processes. The purpose of the Florida Keys Area Contingency Plan is to define the roles, responsibilities, resources, and procedures necessary to respond to a myriad of spills.

Approximately 20 organizations gathered to discuss sensitive environmental areas, planning strategies, likely issues and response coordination principles that responders would face, as well as gather additional information to use in future planning.

“Sector Key West is dedicated to ongoing interagency planning and preparations in order to leverage resources to best protect our delicate environment,” said Capt. Pat DeQuattro, commander officer, Coast Guard Sector Key West.

As the designated federal on scene coordinator for any coastal spill, the Coast Guard’s objective is to ensure the response community has the opportunity to review plans, identify needed updates, and specifically be ready for proposed offshore drilling outside U.S. waters.

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