Kill Devil Hills’ emergency management personnel recently participated in a full-scale Preparedness for Response Exercise Program (PREP) hosted by the U.S. Coast Guard. The exercise involved training sessions and working through a major oil spill scenario off our coast.
“Although we routinely train for these types of incidents, this is the first exercise of this magnitude in the area, crossing two states and requiring an immense amount of support from Virginia and North Carolina agencies,” said Coast Guard Capt. Jennifer Stockwell, Sector Virginia commander. “The amount of cooperation and expertise we saw from about one-hundred people with forty-five separate agencies is a true testament to the readiness of federal, state, and local agencies in Virginia and North Carolina.”
Multi-jurisdictional partnerships are crucial during disasters and emergencies. Participating in training exercises with a wide variety of organizations assists in building and maintaining those partnerships. While we hope to never see a major oil spill, it is critical that we participate in exercises such as this to ensure that we are all well-equipped to respond to such a crisis.
Kill Devil Hills is committed to continuously working to train and prepare for various types of disasters.