Exercises Play a Vital Role in Disaster Preparedness

Posted Thu, 06/11/2020 - 11:46
By Katie Krushinski, Office of Response and Restoration Disaster Preparedness Program

A core pillar of the Disaster Preparedness Program (DPP) is designing and implementing exercises. Exercises play a vital role in preparedness by enabling NOAA and the National Ocean Service (NOS) to test and validate plans and capabilities, and identify and address gaps and areas for improvement. The DPP leads exercise programs to improve NOS’s preparedness posture and emphasize the value of the exercise cycle. 

Incident Responses for May 2020

Posted Tue, 06/09/2020 - 12:49

Every month our Emergency Response Division provides scientific expertise and services to the U.S. Coast Guard on everything from running oil spill trajectories to model where the spill may spread, to possible effects on wildlife and fisheries and estimates on how long the oil may stay in the environment. Here are some of May's notable incidents ...

Point vs. Non-Point Water Pollution: What’s the Difference?

Posted Fri, 06/05/2020 - 14:00

Water pollution comes in many forms, from toxic chemicals to trash. The sources of water pollution are also varied, from factories to drain pipes. In general, NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration (OR&R) classifies water pollution into two categories; point source and non-point source pollution.

Using Human-Centered Design to Save Lives

Posted Thu, 06/04/2020 - 14:00
By Kristen Faiferlick, Office of Response and Restoration

NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration is known for its scientific support for oil spill response, but did you know about the other ways we work to keep the public safe, the environment clean, and the economy moving? One of our strategies is to partner with other government agencies to produce tools such as the CAMEO® software suite, a collection of tools to help emergency responders plan for and respond to hazardous chemical spills. 

Disaster Preparedness Program Shares Preparedness Tips for Pet Parents

Posted Mon, 06/01/2020 - 08:37
By Katherine Krushinski, Office of Response and Restoration Disaster Preparedness Program

Just last week, NOAA announced the 2020 Atlantic Hurricane Season predictions. Many of us take this time to ensure we’re prepared for hurricanes and other disasters. Usually, the Office of Response and Restoration shares tips about protecting yourself, your property, and the marine environment before, during, and after a hurricane. But, while many of the OR&R staff are making personal preparedness efforts, they’re also preparing for their furry family members. We at the Disaster Preparedness Program believe it’s important to not only be prepared for ourselves, but for our pets, too!

Homewaters: Exploring Waterways that Inspire, from the Salish Sea to Our Nation’s Capital

Posted Fri, 05/22/2020 - 12:21

Everyone at NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration plays a crucial role in our mission. For many of us, our journey into the marine world can be traced back to a special place that first sparked a love of water and wild places. This installment of our monthly series “Homewaters” explores some of the waters that kindled a passion that would go on to last a lifetime.

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What we do to Help Endangered Species

Posted Fri, 05/15/2020 - 11:00

For over 40 years, the 1973 Endangered Species Act has helped protect native plants and animals and that habitats where they live, and many government agencies play a role in that important work. That’s one reason the United States celebrates Endangered Species Day every year in May.