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Contingency Planning and Readiness (CPFR) Division


Oversee Contingency Planning and Force Readiness for Sector Miami.  Ensure the complementary engagement between Logistics, Prevention and Response components in plan development, exercise and plan execution, readiness/training to meet mission objectives.  Remain cognizant of current operational problems and changes in external factors to sustain the applicability and refreshment of contingency plans and force readiness; make recommendations for changes in procedures, equipment allowances or training as required by the Sector Organizational Construct.


The Contingency Planning and Force Readiness Staff division consists of 1 LT, 2 GS-12s, 1 CWOs, 1 CPOs, 1 LT (USCGR), and 1 LTJG (USCGR), 1 CWO (USCGR).  The division is led by a Lieutenant.


Additional Missions

Stakeholder Outreach

One critical responsibility of the Contingency Planning and Force Readiness Staff is stakeholder outreach to DHS, Federal, State and Local partners.  To that end, this division is responsible for the scheduling and management of the Area Maritime Security Committee (AMSC) and the South Florida Area Committee (SFAC) on behalf of the Federal Maritime Security Coordinator (FMSC) and the Captain of the Port (COTP) respectfully.  These Committees will work closely with each Port's Safety, Security and Heavy Weather Committees to address overarching area or regional issues.

The AMSC will be structured in accordance with 33 CFR 113.  The Committee will meet on a quarterly basis and be composed of the following Federal, State and Industry members:  Federal: FMSC, Customs & Border Patrol (CBP), U.S. Attorney; State (Regional Domestic Security Task Force (RDSTF)): Florida Department of Law Enforcement, Broward County Sheriff's Office; Industry:  Port Directors (Port of Miami, Port Everglades, Port of Palm Beach, Miami River), International Council of Cruise Lines, Florida Petroleum Council, Miami Security Force.

The SFAC consists of federal, state, local, trustee, and industry responders for a specific geographic area formed to plan for and respond to oil, hazmat, radiation and biohazard spills and releases and fire fighting or salvage operations.  Area Committees were mandated and formed in the early 1990s based upon the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA 90), the National Contingency Plan, and Regional Contingency Plans.

The SFAC will be open to all stakeholders.  From time to time workgroups will be formed accomplish specific tasks or studies and will meet on a quarterly basis.  Planning will forward all stakeholder issues to the Chair of the Regional Response Team 4 (RRT4) via the Sector Response Commander.


CPFR will oversee the development and execution of all Sector Contingency Exercises.  CPFR will also use the USCG Contingency Force Readiness Staff System (CPS) to record all exercises from concept to conclusion.

CPFR is responsible for the timely input of all required data.  The USCG Contingency Force Readiness Staff System (CPS) provides an efficient means of entering, integrating, managing, and monitoring exercise data via Concept of Exercise (COE) reports, and capturing After Action Reports (AARs), Lessons Learned (LL), and Best Practices (BP).  The use of CPS in the administration of all applicable training and exercises is critical to success.  At the Sector, CPS affords the exercise designer the ability to showcase an exercise for his/her port(s), request funding and resources necessary to complete the exercise, and share the lessons learned with other members of the national port safety, security and contingency plan consortium.  At the national level, COEs are utilized to track the progress of exercise development throughout the country.  A properly entered COE is essential to schedule limited resources (evaluators, equipment, subject matter expert attendance, etc.) in support of any exercise.

Useful Links

NOAA National Weather Service - South Florida/Miami - Local weather hazards

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