2/26/2018: Notice of availability, request for comments on proposed changes to 2016 National Preparedness for Response Exercise Program Guidelines

The Coast Guard is soliciting public comment on the potential deregulatory savings that may result from the revisions proposed in the 2016.1 PREP Guidelines. The Coast Guard also continues to seek public comment on the revisions proposed in the 2016.1 PREP Guidelines.


1/10/2018: Don’t miss the January 22 deadline to submit comments on proposed changes to PREP guidelines

Comments to the proposed changes and related material must reach the Coast Guard by January 22, 2018. Significant Coast Guard-specific revisions include changes to requirements associated with Remote Assessment and Consultation drills.


12/22/2017: Submit comments on proposed changes to 2016 National Preparedness for Response Exercise Program Guidelines

The Coast Guard is seeking comment to proposed changes to the 2016 PREP Guidelines by Jan. 22, 2018.


5/23/2017: IOSC 2017 Recap #2-In a hostile environment? Skills needed for success

Is it realistic to expect you’ll meet all stakeholder needs during a response? It is a question all incident commanders from any segment of the oil spill response community should ask themselves. Lt. Cmdr. Danielle Shupe, an instructor at the Coast Guard’s Training Center in Yorktown, Virginia, had the opportunity to answer that question from a Coast Guard perspective during last week’s International Oil Spill Conference in Long Beach, California. We continue our IOSC series with a condensed version of Shupe’s remarks on the subject. These remarks are not ‘as delivered’ but provide a condensed version in the ‘panel-conversational’ style.


12/16/2016: MSIB – Revisions to FAQs for 2016 National Preparedness for Response Exercise Program

The Coast Guard published Marine Safety Information Bulletin (MSIB) 016-16 to announce that frequently asked questions (FAQs) will no longer be distributed via MSIB. This comes as a follow up to MER MSIB 12‐16, which published answers regarding the 2016 National Preparedness for Response Exercise Program (NPREP) guidelines as they pertain to Salvage and Marine Fire Fighting (SMFF) exercises and Government Initiated Unannounced Exercises (GIUEs).


8/17/2016: Marine Safety Information Bulletin – Vessel response plan exercises

The Coast Guard issued Marine Safety Information Bulletin 12-16 to provide answers to frequently asked questions regarding the new 2016 National Preparedness for Response Exercise Program (NPREP) guidelines as they pertain to Salvage and Marine Fire Fighting (SMFF) exercises and Government Initiated Unannounced Exercises (GIUEs).


2/27/2015: National Preparedness for Response Exercise Program Guidelines

The updated draft PREP Guidelines are available for public comment.


6/26/2014: National Preparedness for Response Exercise Program- Cycle change

The Coast Guard is extending the area exercise cycle from a three-year to a four-year cycle for the National Preparedness for Response Exercise.