GLPC, Other Local Agencies Successfully Participated in Full-Scale Coast Guard Training Exercise
(CUT OFF, LA) – The Greater Lafourche Port Commission joined the Coast Guard and a bevy of other emergency management partner agencies to participate in an Area Maritime Security Training Exercise Program (AMSTEP) yesterday, July 18th.
AMSTEP is a community-based anti-terrorism exercise program that was created to address the requirements of the Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002.
Besides the Coast Guard and other emergency management partner agencies, this full-scale exercise brought together federal, state, and local law enforcement, while also allowing Louisiana Offshore Oil Port (LOOP) and GLPC Harbor Police to test the South Louisiana Area Maritime Security Plan.
This exercise, which provided an actual high-level scenario involving an attack on the LOOP facility in Galliano, helped validate security measures and the usefulness of various interagency agreements.
Simultaneously, the GLPC tested its Harbor Police response and C4 Incident Management System.
“In its totality, the exercise went well, and I am proud of Harbor Police, the IT staff, and others from the GLPC who stepped up to the occasion during a very realistic training drill,” GLPC Director of Homeland Security & Technology April Danos said. “We will take what we learned and determine ways we can improve, but overall, watching how we performed throughout the duration of this exercise confirmed once again the trust and confidence I have in our GLPC team should a real emergency of this magnitude ever arise.”
The exercise took place at several locations throughout the parish, including; LOOP Galliano, GLPC’s Administration Building, Larose Civic Center, and the Lafourche Parish EOC in Mathews.
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