New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness Rail – Bakken Crude – Response TTX


March 2015 – August 2015


Andrew Smith, State Critical Infrastructure Coordinator
New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness
200 Negron Dr. Hamilton Township, NJ 08691 Phone: (609) 588-2131


OGL led the design, conduct, and evaluation of two regional rail & Bakken crude tabletop exercises in New Jersey. The purpose of the Regional Rail Response Tabletop Exercise (TTX) series was to examine and discuss the ability of local, regional, State, Federal, and private sector partners including fuel tank farm port operations and rail carriers to coordinate operations and communications in response to a Bakken crude rail derailment and subsequent rapid ignition and fire. The incident scenario posed a threat to critical infrastructure, air, and water quality.
The exercise provided participants from all participating jurisdictions an opportunity to collaboratively address a serious incident and evaluate their ability to communicate and integrate their command structures. OGL worked with stakeholders from each entity to identify policies, plans and procedures and to construct an exercise that challenged each.

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