||Lessons learned from oil spill incidents, such as the M/V COSCO BUSAN response in
2007 indicate the importance of developing and maintaining area-specific contingency
plans, as well as supporting documents such as pre-generated Incident Action Plans
(IAPs). The IAP is the integral document produced through the Incident Command System
(ICS), and provides the operational plans required to execute an oil spill response.
Development of these tools foster partnership and readiness while addressing key stakeholder
concerns. Coordinating with the Hawaii oil spill response community, I developed a
sample IAP based on past responses and the Hawaii Area Contingency Plan. This IAP
highlights the importance of stakeholder collaboration and demonstrates how Area Committees
can develop tools and plans based on Best Management Practices to facilitate effective
responses to oil spills within their local area.