Coast Guard Sector Anchorage participates in Alaska Shield 2014 disaster response exercise

Posted on April 13, 2014 By

I discovered the Alaska 2014 exercise at the end of March, while posting about the communications situation around the SB 530, Oso WA landslide. My background comes from surviving Hurricane Katrina and the failure of the Federal levees/floodwalls afterward which submerged 80% of New Orleans 8-29-05.  During that incredible disaster, our US Coast Guard became Saviors From The Sky. Along the MS River as well, they held the line and stepped up with unbelievable valor in our time of real need. They were the first to arrive and last to leave. Since our New Orleans/Gulf Coast Guard gained a unique kinship with Alaska’s when the B.P. Oilspill happened, I’ve tried to learn and study even more about this elite unit. ~Bruce Biles

The conical drilling unit KULLUK sits aground on December 31, 2012 on the southeast shore of Sitkalidak Island about 40 miles southwest of Kodiak City, Alaska, in 40 mph winds and 20 foot seas U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 1st Class Sara Francis.
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Coast Guard personnel took their positions and a dozen computer screens flickered to life as reports of a massive earthquake and tsunamis began to trickle in from throughout Alaska. For seven days Sector Anchorage personnel making up an Incident Management Team worked to save lives, restore security and rebuild infrastructure during Alaska Shield 2014, a disaster response exercise simulating the infamous Good Friday earthquake that struck 76 miles east of Anchorage in 1964.

The Alaska Shield 2014 exercise was part of the National Exercise Program’s Capstone Exercise 2014 and required the Sector Anchorage IMT to react to a series of challenges they would likely face in the event of a real disaster. Accounting for personnel, responding to pollution and search and rescue and reestablishing commerce and the flow of supplies through damaged ports were all part of the process of recovering from the earthquake.

“During the exercise, the Sector IMT enacted contingency plans which would be used during an actual emergency response,” said Lt. Matthew Mitchell, command center chief, Sector Anchorage.  “Emergency action plans which the Coast Guard has in place with communities throughout Alaska were tested as well as pollution response contingency plans, our port recovery plan and protocols in place to request additional Coast Guard resources.”Read more.

Coast Guard personnel took their positions and a dozen computer screens flickered to life as reports of a massive earthquake and tsunamis began to trickle in from throughout Alaska. For seven days Sector Anchorage personnel making up an Incident Management Team worked to save lives, restore security and rebuild infrastructure during Alaska Shield 2014, a disaster response exercise simulating the infamous Good Friday earthquake that struck 76 miles east of Anchorage in 1964.

 

The Alaska Shield 2014 exercise was part of the National Exercise Program’s Capstone Exercise 2014 and required the Sector Anchorage IMT to react to a series of challenges they would likely face in the event of a real disaster. Accounting for personnel, responding to pollution and search and rescue and reestablishing commerce and the flow of supplies through damaged ports were all part of the process of recovering from the earthquake.

 

“During the exercise, the Sector IMT enacted contingency plans which would be used during an actual emergency response,” said Lt. Matthew Mitchell, command center chief, Sector Anchorage.  “Emergency action plans which the Coast Guard has in place with communities throughout Alaska were tested as well as pollution response contingency plans, our port recovery plan and protocols in place to request additional Coast Guard resources.”

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