Sector Columbia River
2185 SE 12th Place
Warrenton, OR 97146
Sector Columbia River
Protecting the Pacific Northwest
Contingency Planning & Force Readiness
Contingency Planning Department
The Contingency Planning Department has staff at both the Sector Columbia
River office in Warrenton, Oregon and the Marine Safety Unit in Portland,
MSU Portland Planning
Contingency Planning Department is responsible for:
- Operational and Contingency Planning – produce guidance and policy to
best address potential and recognized risk areas with respect to CG
missions. This includes planning and conducting drills and exercises for
all mission areas.
- Process Analysis – we develop policy and process improvement based
upon observations and lessons learned.
- Organizational and Project Management – lead projects that have unit
wide impact or that span departmental responsibilities, such as The
Portland Rose Festival. During elevated MARSEC levels and operational
evolutions, Planning personnel fill operational staff positions and
direct unit operations.
- Ready for Operations (RFO) – Conduct the RFO inspection program to
ensure the operational capabilities of Station's Grays Harbor, Cape
Disappointment, Tillamook Bay and Portland, CGC BLUEBELL, and ANT's
Astoria and Kennewick.
- Management of the Area Maritime Security Committee (AMSC) under the
authority of the Federal Maritime Security Coordinator (FMSC).
Area Maritime Security Committee
The Planning Department works in partnership with other agencies to
manage the Area Maritime Security Committee (AMSC) chaired by the Coast
Guard Captain of the Port. The committee consists of selected
representatives of the Captain of the Port Zone, Portland Port Stakeholders;
Law Enforcement, Industry, Regulatory and Labor. They meet quarterly
or as circumstances warrant.
What does the AMSC do?
- Determine Critical Infrastructure in the region that should be
monitored and protected.
- Discuss regional and national security threats to the economic
well-being of the Port of Portland.
- Exercise the various levels of the Maritime Security level.
- Develop and plan responses to various possible threats to Portland
Point of Contact: Dave Maresh, MSU Portland Port Security Planner
America's Waterways Watch Program
The America's Waterways Watch (AWW) Program is a Coast Guard sponsored
maritime security awareness program designed for the public to be the 'eyes
and ears' on the maritime water front and to report suspicious people to the
You can go to the following web site for more information.
Continuity of Operations
The Contingency Planning Department works with other Coast Guard units,
other government agencies and port partners on preparedness plans to address
steps that may be necessary in the event of a disaster. The goal of
this planning is to reestablish critical services and response within the
Captain of the Port zone.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) information on disaster planning.