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Oil spill drills

Oil spill drills help response personnel understand the strengths and weaknesses of oil spill contingency plans, equipment, and procedures. Lessons learned from drills are used to improve contingency plans. Learn about designing and planning spill drills, the schedule cycle, and self-certification.

To successfully meet oil spill drill requirements in Washington you must:

  • Schedule your drills through the Northwest Area Contingency Plan exercise calendar.
  • Design your drills with Ecology staff.
  • Work to meet all 15 core National Preparedness for Response Exercise Program (NPREP) components over the triennial cycle.
  • Act on the lessons you learn to improve your plan.

Scheduling requirements

To allow enough time for drill design and planning, the regulation requires:

  • Deployment drills be scheduled 30 days in advance.
  • Tabletop drills be scheduled 60 days in advance.
  • Worst-case drills and out-of-state drills for vessel plan holders be scheduled 90 days in advance.
View the drill calendar and/or schedule a drill

Drill evaluation tools

Our drill evaluations will be provided for deployment, tabletop, and worst-case drills. These evaluations will include: