The Contingency Planning and Force Readiness Staff is responsible for preparing and maintaining the unit's all-hazards contingency response plans. Some of these are the unit Hurricane Plan, the Area Maritime Security Plan, a Continuity of Operations Plan, and the Area Contingency Plan. The staff also organizes and directs various exercises to evaluate and test these plans. Much of the staff's work involves cooperating with other government agencies at the federal, state, and local level, along with the maritime stakeholders in the Port of New Orleans. Additionally the staff is charged with organizing and coordinating the Sector Ready for Operations program. This is a comprehensive assessment of the training and readiness of the three small boat stations, four aids to navigation teams, four patrol boats and two construction tenders that fall under the Sector's responsibility.
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