The United States Coast Guard responded to the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy in New York and New Jersey under the National Response Framework's Emergency Support Function 10 Oil and Hazardous Material Response. Based on countless lessons learned; decisive response leadership is required in the initial response to build operational momentum, and establish interagency coordination. The Hurricane Sandy Pollution Response is a stellar example of how the initial actions shaped the direction and effectiveness of the rest of the response. This poster will emphasize how the leadership asked the right questions, referred to the right plans, set the right priorities and included the right partners. Additionally, it will identify the protocols that were established to execute Pollution Mitigation. The regional and area contingency plans provided supporting mechanisms and structure for multi-agency cooperation. Due to the extent of the wide spread damage pollution reporting to the National Response Center was disrupted and remained ineffective at a local level until the impacted shoreline communities were reconstituted. The Unified Command conducted wide-area assessments by aerial observers, boat operations and field personnel to quantify and assess the pollution threats from thousands of sources. The Operations Section of the Incident Command utilized Emergency Response Management System Application (ERMA) to develop the common operating picture and prioritize threats based on environmentally sensitive areas. During Hurricane Sandy, critical decision making allowed the response organization to oversee 1,500 contracted personnel, over 1,245 miles of shoreline, and mitigated 439 potential/active pollution threats. The poster will include the Response Time-line, Response Doctrine, ICS Implementation, Key Decisions, Pollution Mitigation protocols and National Strike Force Boat Operations.

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