RSC Toolkit

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These documents were designed to help RSC members and the Liaison Officer during an oil spill or exercise.


Toolkit For Regional Stakeholder Committee Members (PDF 3.8 MB)

This complete toolkit includes checklists, templates for note-taking, a list of common acronyms, and a list of potential concerns and community resources that may help the response.

Individual tools for quick download or printing:

Template For Note-Taking (PDF 0.3 MB)

Briefings during an oil spill response can be very quick. This template will help you identify details to listen for – and help you ask questions. You can download it to your laptop for digital note-taking or print it out if you prefer handwritten notes.

Maps For Note-Taking (PDF 0.4 MB)

While a chart should be provided in the room, maps may be useful for note-taking. This document includes a map of Prince William Sound and another that includes the downstream areas of Kodiak and Cook Inlet.

Checklist – Things To Ask For And Things To Bring (PDF 88 KB)

This checklist will help members prepare for effective participation on the RSC.

Potential Community Concerns For RSC Members To Consider (PDF 96 KB)

This document lists examples of issues a community may face. These questions will help a community identify information they may want to bring to an RSC, such as concerns their community members may have or resources the community could offer to support the response.

Common Acronyms For RSC Members (PDF 52 KB)

This is a list of acronyms that are commonly used during oil spill drills and exercises.


Information to help the Liaison Officer

Suggestions For The Liaison Officer (PDF 0.2 MB)

A Liaison Officer coming from outside of Alaska may be new to Prince William Sound and unfamiliar with the Regional Stakeholders Committee. This guide offers suggestions to help the Liaison Officer work together with the RSC to maximize the benefits to the response. Includes:

    • Suggestions from past exercises
    • Special considerations for remote participation
    • What might the RSC need?

For The Liaison Officer – Inviting Participants Into The Regional Stakeholders Committee (PDF 0.1 MB)

What information would be helpful for the liaison officer to prepare themselves and the stakeholders for the RSC process? This document contains tips to help a liaison team better navigate the RSC invitation process and prepare participants for their RSC role. Information is based on a guidance document developed during a 2020 exercise by ConocoPhillips and Polar Tankers’ Liaison and PWSRCAC staff. Includes a list of information to give to stakeholders who will be joining the RSC, and examples of the types of information, questions, and topics stakeholders should address.

Helpful background information

About The Prince William Sound Oil Spill Response System (PDF 0.7 MB)

RSC members do not need to understand all the technical or operational aspects of the spill response, but it is helpful to have a basic understanding of the key participants and some of the elements of the system. Includes:

  • Basic overview of oil spill response strategies (mechanical response, chemical dispersants, in-situ burning, wildlife response)
  • Sensitive area protection (Geographic Response Strategies or GRS)
  • Alyeska’s Ship Escort/Response Vessel System (SERVS)
  • SERVS’ Fishing Vessel Program
  • Summary of Mechanical Recovery (how spilled oil is collected from water)

Laws And Plans For Prince William Sound Oil Spill Response (PDF 0.5 MB)

Laws and regulations create the framework for oil spill prevention, planning, response, and recovery. These laws are complemented by both government and operator response plans – required under both state and federal laws – and a suite of policy and guidance documents. Includes:

  • Summary of applicable Federal and State laws and regulations
  • Alaska’s Response Planning Standard
  • Spill response plans (agencies that oversee planning and response, a summary of the key spill response plans in Prince William Sound, and links to plans in other Alaska communities
  • Roles and responsibilities in a spill response
  • Links to related policies and supplementary guidance

Organization Of An Oil Spill Response (PDF 1.5 MB)

Updated August 2022 What does the RSC need to know? The RSC will be part of an Incident Command System (ICS) that is designed to bring together incident managers and field responders from government and industry to cooperatively manage the response. A basic knowledge of this system will help RSC members understand how responsibilities are distributed and decisions are made. Includes:

  • Overview of Incident Command System (ICS)
  • Role of the Unified Command
  • Role of Local On-Scene Coordinator compared to the RSC
  • Incident Action Planning process (the “Planning P”, Incident Action Plan (IAP), and ICS forms within the IAP)

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