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UPDATED: State of Alaska Response Plans & Resources Fact Sheet

January 6, 2013

Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation Response Plans & Resources

  • Alaska’s government agencies have a coordinated, cooperative unified preparedness plan in place to respond to any oil or hazardous substance issue anywhere in the State of Alaska; The Alaska Federal/State Preparedness Plan for Response to Oil & Hazardous Substance Discharges/Releases (Unified Plan).  
  • Agencies contributing to the Unified Plan include:
    • Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation
    • Environmental Protection Agency
    • U.S. Coast Guard
  • Unified Plan includes subarea contingency plans specific to certain regions in Alaska and incorporates key provisions of local governments to ensure consideration of regional geographic and cultural conditions. The Unified Plan can be viewed at:
  • Kodiak Island Subarea Plan details the role of a local on-scene coordinator to represent the affected communities and integrate into Unified Command in the decision-making and oversight responsibilities.  The Kodiak Island Subarea Plan also lists local areas of major concern, including, to name only a few, threatened and endangered species, anadromous fish streams and cultural resources/archeological sites. The Kodiak Subarea Plan can be viewed here:
  • Geographic Response Strategies for Southern Zone Kodiak Island Subarea specifies 20 sites in the region and also includes a map and description of each site. A survey team has created a site-specific response strategy for each location, and these plans can be accessed here:
  • Listing possible docking, anchoring, mooring and grounding locations, the Potential Places of Refuge – Kodiak plan includes 11 maps with detailed coordinates of places of refuge. These maps are easily accessible here:
  • Used in conjunction with the subarea plan, the Emergency Response Maps – Kodiak Island feature detailed images of the region as well as more specialized maps illustrating land use and management; biologically sensitive areas; most environmentally sensitive areas (MESA); environmentally sensitivity index (ESI) for each season; geographic response strategies (GRS);
  • Spill Tactics for Alaska Responders (STAR) Manual provides instructions for responders to ensuring a coordinated and integrated response to any incident, focused on safety and public health; source control; environmental protection; containment and recovery; and public information and communication. The field manual is accessible here:

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