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Planning and Exercise Section

Plans and Exercise Section is responsible for maintaining required contingency plans, and planning and conducting exercises to test those required plans.

Contingency Plans focused on Coast Guard Operational during the following are maintained:

Additional Plans required by Legislation:

Area Contingency Plan: deals with response to Oil and Hazardous Material spills/releases and support the Marine Environmental Operations Contingency Plan.

Area Maritime Security Plan: Required by the Marine Transportation Security Act


Major exercises include AMS Area Exercises, PORTSTEP, and PREP. These exercises require major coordination with out Federal, State, Local and Industry partners. CG Operational Contingency exercises may be combined with these major exercises or run independently.

The Planning section is also responsible for acting as Secretary for the Area Maritime Security -Executive Steering Committee, scheduling meetings, coordinating agendas, and keeping the Committee updated.

Homeport is the official Coast Guard information technology system for maritime security created to provide information and services to the maritime community and the public over the Internet. Coast Guard Federal Maritime Security Coordinators will use Homeport as a primary means for the day-to-day management and communication of port security matters with Area Maritime Security Committee members, commercial vessel and facility owners and operators, government partners, and the public. Homeport will afford instant access to information necessary to support increased information sharing requirements amongst Federal, state, local and industry decision makers for security management and increased maritime domain awareness. Homeport is a publicly accessible internet portal providing all users with current maritime security information. It will also serve as the Coast Guard's communication tool designed to support the sharing, collection and dissemination of sensitive but unclassified information to targeted groups of registered users within the port community. Homeport meets critical mission requirements in support of the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002 for sharing security information, and has the potential to revolutionize the way the Coast Guard communicates with the public, its partners and maritime stakeholders. For more information regarding Homeport and the requirements for becoming a registered user, contact the local Coast Guard Captain of the Port office or visit the Homeport website at

"National Response Center.. Do you have an incident to report?" The National Response Center (NRC) is the sole federal point of contact for reporting oil and chemical spills. If you have a spill to report, contact us via our toll-free number 1-800-424-8802 or check out our Web Site for additional information on reporting requirements and procedures. For those without 800 access, please contact us at 202.267.2675. The NRC operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

To Report SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY: Any incident, activity or behavior that you deem to be activity of a suspicious nature should be reported to the NRC by calling 1-877-24-WATCH or 1-800-424-8802. Email reports are not an acceptable method for making suspicious activity reports

Our Partners:

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) prepares the nation for hazards, manages Federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident, and administers the National Flood Insurance Program.

Transportation Security Administration (TSA) protects the nation's transportation systems to ensure freedom of movement for people and commerce.

Customs and Border Protection is responsible for protecting our nation's borders in order to prevent terrorists and terrorist weapons from entering the United States, while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the largest investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security, is responsible for identifying and shutting down vulnerabilities in the nation's border, economic, transportation and infrastructure security.

The U.S. Secret Service protects the President and other high-level officials and investigates counterfeiting and other financial crimes, including financial institution fraud, identity theft, computer fraud; and computer-based attacks on our nation's financial, banking, and telecommunications infrastructure.

U. S. Attorney's Offices
Joint Terrorism Task Force

All counties in Maine and New Hampshire are covered by the FBI Field Office at:
Boston, Massachusetts.
FBI Boston
Suite 600
One Center Plaza
Boston, Massachusetts 02108
(617) 742-5533

All counties in Vermont are covered by the FBI Field Office at:
Albany, New York
FBI Albany
200 McCarty Avenue
Albany, New York 12209
(518) 465-7551

Maine Emergency Management Agency: MEMA is a bureau of the Department of Defense, Veterans and Emergency Management. This site is designed to provide you with information, not only about MEMA, but about the hazards we face in Maine and how we can better mitigate their effects.

New Hampshire Department of Safety: The multi-faceted mission of the Department of Safety encompasses protection of the lives and safety and preservation of the quality of life of New Hampshire citizens and visitors to our state on the highways, on the waterways, and in their homes and businesses. We enforce motor vehicle and highway safety laws, criminal laws, commercial vehicle regulations, fire safety, building and equipment safety laws and regulations, and boating safety laws and rules. We also provide enhanced 911 emergency communications statewide, and are responsible for homeland safety and emergency management activities.

New Hampshire Department of Safety's Bureau of Emergency Management: To protect the lives, property and environment of the people of New Hampshire from the threat or occurrence of emergencies resulting from any natural or man-made disaster, including but not limited to flood, fire, earthquake, windstorm, tsunami, technological incidents, drought, terrorism, epidemic, hurricanes and tornadoes. The preparation for and carrying out of all emergency functions shall be accomplished through the four phases of emergency management: mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery. Activities to meet this end include coordination, planning, training, drills, exercises, and financial assistance.

New York State Emergency Management Office: The New York State Emergency Management Office (SEMO) is responsible for coordinating all activities necessary to protect New York's communities from natural, technological and manmade disasters and other emergencies that threaten the State. NYSEMO coordinates Emergency Management Services for the State by providing leadership, planning, education and resources to protect lives, property and the environment.

NEW YORK STATE OFFICE OF HOMELAND SECURITY (OHS) was created by Governor George Pataki on October 10th, 2001 as the Office of Public Security, in direct response to the September 11th terrorist attacks. It is a cabinet level office and reports directly to the Governor. The Director has full authority and responsibility to implement the Office mission overseeing, coordinating, and directing State resources related to the detection, identification, response, prevention, and recovery from a terrorist act or threat in New York State.

Vermont Department of Public Safety Homeland Security Unit has compiled this information in an effort to keep the citizens of Vermont and its first responder community informed of the most up to date terrorism related information. The Homeland Security Unit recognizes that state and local government, emergency first responders and the citizens of the state must work together toward the common goal of protecting all Vermonters.

Vermont Emergency Management strives to lessen the effects of disaster on the lives and property of the people of Vermont through leadership, coordination and support in the four phases of emergency management: mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery.

The Contingency Preparedness and Response Management School at Training Center Yorktown was established in 1988 as the Coastal Defense School to support the increased emphasis on military readiness planning. In 1995, the school was temporarily closed for restructuring and then renamed the Contingency Preparedness School. During that time, the instructor staff revised and developed new curriculum to teach contingency planning skills and response management with emphasis on all hazards. In the summer of 1996, the school reopened for business and now instructs deliberate and crisis action planning skills for contingency and exercise planners at the port, District, Area, and Headquarters levels. The school also provides a Command and Control course for Commanding Officers, Executive officers, and staff officers from Districts and Area offices.

The National Response Plan establishes a comprehensive all-hazards approach to enhance the ability of the United States to manage domestic incidents. The plan incorporates best practices and procedures from incident management disciplines-homeland security, emergency management, law enforcement, firefighting, public works, public health, responder and recovery worker health and safety, emergency medical services, and the private sector-and integrates them into a unified structure. It forms the basis of how the federal government coordinates with state, local, and tribal governments and the private sector during incidents.


Last Modified 1/12/2016