National Preparedness Exercise Program (PREP)
All vessels, marine transportation-related facilities, onshore and certain offshore non-transportation related facilities, pipelines, or offshore facilities for which a response plan is required must comply with the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA90) exercise requirements. The National Preparedness for Response Exercise Program (PREP) was developed to provide a mechanism for compliance with these exercise programs.
The PREP represents the minimum guidelines for ensuring adequate response preparedness. The PREP exercises should be viewed as an opportunity for continuous improvement of the response plans and the response systems.
The PREP is a unified federal effort and satisfies the exercise requirements of the United States Coast Guard (USCG), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Research and Special Programs Administration (RSPA) Office of Pipeline Safety, and the Minerals Management Service (MMS).
OMI Environmental Solutions (OMIES) administers the National Preparedness for Response Exercise Program (PREP) for its customers by providing quarterly exercise packages and ensuring that all OPA90 requirements are fulfilled. OMIES’ drill management program includes a triennial schedule that includes all 15-core components and exceeds all governmental mandates.
- QI Notification
- Emergency Procedures
- Spill Management Team Tabletops
- OSRO Equipment Deployment
- Facility-Owned Equipment Deployment
- Unannounced Exercises
Drill Management Program
The OMIES Drill Management Program ensures that all components of the entire response plan are exercised at least once during the triennial cycle including:
Program Requirements Management
OMIES provides a programmatic approach to planning and management of all triennial requirements.
OMIES creates drill scenarios specifically tailored to the customer’s response plan at the beginning of each quarter.
OMIES’ drill scenarios are designed to incorporate as many different requirements as possible to reduce the overall burden on the customer.
OMIES provides maintenance of all required drill records and annual summary reports.
OMIES keeps up-to-date on all requirements, attends appropriate meetings and workshops, and updates the customer’s drill program to reflect the latest guidance.
OMIES can facilitate your OPA90 mandated tabletop exercise whether you are our PREP customer or not. A tabletop exercise is an exercise of the response plan and the spill management team’s response efforts without the actual deployment of response equipment. OMIES’ tabletop drills are designed as a learning experience for our customers.
OMIES can provide an Incident Command System (ICS) workshop coupled with hands-on simulated oil or chemical spills that walks individuals through ICS. Realistic scenarios are designed to develop and train your in-house spill management team.
As a United States Coast Guard MM-W3-listed Oil Spill Response Organization (OSRO) and AMPD provider, OMIES can provide the professionals and equipment necessary to conduct your OPA90 equipment deployment exercises.
OMIES can also provide workshops covering booming strategies and deployment techniques that will give a realistic perspective of what could happen during an actual incident.