IOSA personnel are on-call 24 hours a day / 365 days a year. Responders assess every potential oil spill that is reported and follow up to make sure there is not an ongoing source of oil. Staff, board members and responders regularly prepare, plan and train to respond to all aspects of oil spills. Spill response equipment is acquired, regularly tested and maintained. Trainings are held on a regular basis and each responder’s training is documented. IOSA personnel participate in community outreach. As well we raise funds to help us maintain our spill readiness.
We’ve done the following from January 2012 through May 2014:
Eight containment/boom deployment/equipment drills:
- Barlow Bay, Lopez Island
- Fisherman Bay, Lopez Island
- McArdle, Hughes and Aleck Bays, Lopez Island
- Argyle Lagoon, San Juan Island
- Westcott Bay, San Juan Island (2)
- Picnic Cove, Indian Cove, and Squaw Bay, Shaw Island
- Prevost Harbor, Stuart Island
Four Site Safety Assessment drills for a crew of first responders to practice the site safety assessment process and the use of gas detection meters.
Six Search and Rescue/Collection of Oiled Birds trainings in San Juan County, Coupeville and Port Angeles.
Four Basic Care & Handling of Oiled Birds classes in San Juan County, Coupeville and Port Angeles.
Two Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (Hazwoper) Safety trainings in San Juan County.
Plus participated in:
- Two-day Tar Sands Workgroup meeting at National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Seattle.
- An exercise with The Whale Museum and government agencies to test ways to move Orca away from oil.
- A two-day planning meeting where IOSA presented information about community based spill response (using the IOSA model) to aid in developing response capabilities by native and local populations in the Bering-Anadyr Strait area of Alaska.
- Four multi-day Marine Spill Response Cooperative’s Mobile Oiled Wildlife Facility set-up exercises.
- Marine Spill Response Corporation drill at Watmough Bay, Lopez Island, with other agencies and spill response companies.
- Northwest Regional Response Team meeting with British Columbia, Canada.
- United States Coast Guard Town Hall Meeting in Seattle.
- Marine Manager’s workshop focusing on spill response at the University of Washington Friday Harbor Laboratories.
- Providing training, in Port Angeles, as part of a four-day class with Tesoro and spill responders from all over the Western United States.
- Six worst-case oil spill discharge tabletop drills held by Exxon, Polar Tankers, Shell, Phillips 66, and BP.
- A large Emergency Operations Center Drill with participants from all over the country.