Training, Exercises & Lessons Learned

Lessons Learned

General Lessons Learned

NRT On-Scene Coordinator Report Request and Review Standard Operating Procedure
NRT considerations and procedures for requesting an On-Scene Coordinator (OSC) incident report.

Lessons Learned Information Sharing
Operating under the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Lessons Learned Information Sharing (LLIS) is a national, online network of lesson learned and innovative ideas for the emergency management and homeland security communities

RRT Best Practices (2006)
The purpose of this document to share best practices for preparedness and response identified during the 2006 NRT-RRT Co-Chairs Meeting.

RRT Co-Chairs Best Practices (2005)
The purpose of this document to share best practices for preparedness and response identified at the 2005 NRT-RRT Co-Chairs Meeting.

T/S Athos I Evaluation Report (2005)
Outlines the events leading up to, following, and lessons learned from the T/S Athos I spill on November 26, 2004.

Reconciling Federal Emergency Response Plans - NRT Homeland Security Recommendations (2003)
This Plan Reconciliation report assists in the consolidation of existing Federal Government emergency response plans into a single, coordinated national response plan; identifies the critical elements for a successful, well-coordinated response to incidents where more than one of the contingency plans would be used; and discusses the absence of a formal mechanism for reconciling the overlaps, gaps, and perceived conflicts that potentially exist among federal response plans.

NRT and RRT: Lessons Learned from Exercises and Incidents (1999)
Collection of lessons learned from various exercises and incidents in 1999. Includes information including event location, summary of the event, lessons learned from the event and contact information.

Panama Canal

EcoCanal 2010 Notification Drill After Action Report (2010)
The EcoCanal ‘10 Exercise, which occurred on February 4, 2010, comprised a one-day notification drill planned by representatives of both the NRT and Autoridad del Canal de Panamá (ACP). The drill simulated a major pollution incident that occurred within the ACP Contingency Plan area of operations (AOR) and had the potential to impact adjacent jurisdictions. This exercise focused on the assembly of the ACP Spill Management Team in an Incident Command System (ICS) structure and their use of the NRT-ACP Incident Response Guide (IRG) to perform initial notification to the National Response Center (NRC) and follow-up conference calls with the NRT.

EcoCanal '09 After Action Report and Improvement Plan (2009)
The EcoCanal ’09 Exercise comprised a two-day Command Post Exercise (CPX) planned by representatives of both the NRT and Autoridad del Canal de Panamá (ACP). The exercise simulated a major pollution incident that occurred within the ACP Contingency Plan area of operations (AOR) and had the potential to impact adjacent jurisdictions. The first day of the exercise focused on the assembly of the ACP Spill Management Team in an Incident Command System (ICS) structure at the Marine Traffic Control Center (MTC). The complexity of the scenario on the second day prompted the decision to form a Unified Command (UC) with other outside response agencies and organizations.

Command Post Exercise After Action Report (2008)
On December 3-5, 2007, the NRT and the Autoridad del Canal de Panamá (ACP) held their third Command Post Exercise (CPX) in the newly constructed ACP Emergency Operations Center (EOC) in Panama City, Panama. The aim of the exercise was to provide an opportunity to test and review the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signed between ACP and NRT in 2002, as well as to assess the NRT’s and ACP’s ability to coordinate a well-executed oil spill response in the Panama Canal.

Limon Bay Exercise After Action Report (2006)
The Limon Bay Exercise After Action Report (AAR) is intended to assist the Autoridad del Canal de Panamá (ACP) and the NRT improve preparedness and response capabilities in the Panama Canal. This exercise strengthened the relationship between the ACP and NRT and provided an opportunity to test the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signed between ACP and NRT in 2002.

Balboa Reach Impact Exercise After Action Report (2005)
The Balboa Reach Impact Exercise After Action Report (AAR) is intended to assist the Autoridad del Canal de Panamá (ACP) and the NRT improve preparedness and response capabilities in the Panama Canal. This exercise strengthened the relationship between the ACP and NRT and provided an opportunity to test the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signed between ACP and NRT in 2002.

Anthrax

Observations and Lessons Learned from Anthrax Response (2004)
Initially published in 2001, this updated report provides a distillation of observations made by member agencies of the NRT regarding response efforts to the anthrax events throughout the United States in October and November of 2001.

MC252 BP Deepwater Horizon

National Incident Commander Report & Cover Letter
National Incident Commander’s (NIC) Report: MC252 Deepwater Horizon

National Commission on the BP DEEPWATER HORIZON Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling Website (Archived)
Note: As of March 11th 2011, this website is no longer receiving updates. The site will continue to provide access to information about the Commission's activities and its reports. All of the Commission's documents have been transferred to the Office of Fossil Energy in the Department of Energy (DOE).

Deep Water: The Gulf Oil Disaster and the Future of Offshore Drilling. A Report to the President
Deep Water: The Gulf Oil Disaster and the Future of Offshore Drilling. A Report to the President.

BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: Incident Specific Preparedness Review
BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: Incident Specific Preparedness Review (ISPR).

NRT Assessment Report, Feedback from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill (2012)
NRT Assessment Report, Feedback from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill (2012)

Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Lessons Learned Workshop:

This report lays out observations, lessons learned and recommendations relating to the proposal, approval and funding processes of the DWH nontraditional response and emergency restoration projects.



Exxon Valdez

Report to the President: The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill (1989)
On March 24, 1989 Exxon Valdez struck Bligh Reef in Prince William Sound, Alaska resulting in the largest oil spill in United States history. This NRT study evaluates the preparedness for, response to, and early lessons learned from the Exxon Valdez incident and recommends methods to improve response to Spills of National Significance (SONS).

Update of Implementation of Recommendations Following the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill (1989)
Update discusses the progress Federal agencies made in implementing the recommendations of the 1989 and 1990 Valdez reports. Also, identifies the strengths and challenges of U.S. oil spill planning and preparedness regimen.

Update of Implementation Recommendations from the NRT following the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill
Discusses the progress that Federal agencies and others have made in implementing recommendations for oil spill emergency preparedness and response following the publication of The EXXON VALDEZ Oil Spill (or 1989 report) and Oil Spill Contingency Planning: National Status (1990 report).

TOPOFF

Top Officials 2 Lessons Learned and After-Action Report (2004)
Prepared by the NRT, this after-action report presents the lessons learned from top Officials (TOPOFF) 2 by identifying issues, discussing these issues and proposing recommendations.

Exercise Top Officials 2000 and National Capital Region After-Action Report (2001)
After-action report capturing issues, observations and lessons learned for Exercise Top Officials (TOPOFF) 2000 and the National Capital Region. Exercise TOPOFF 2000 was a Congressionally mandated, “no-notice” national exercise held in May 2000 designed to assess the nation’s crisis and consequence management capability by exercising the plans, policies, procedures, systems, and facilities through local, state, and Federal responses to geographically-dispersed terrorist threats and acts in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and Denver, Colorado.

World Trade Center (9/11)

Observations and Lessons Learned from World Trade Center and Pentagon Terrorist Attacks (2001)
Summarizes the observations made by the NRT member agencies following the September 11, 2001 terrorist incidents in New York City and at the Pentagon. Also includes preliminary recommendations for NRT and other federal agencies, and lessons learned from the incidents.

Resources

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