Unified Command (Deepwater Horizon oil spill)

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Admiral Thad Allen provides a briefing to the Unified Area Command in New Orleans on June 28, 2010.

The Unified Command provides Incident Command System/Unified Command (ICS) for coordinating response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

The organization was initially headquartered at the Shell Robert Training and Conference Center[1] in Robert, Louisiana.[2] Robert has 20 streets and one stop light.[2] On June 15, 2010, they announced plans to move its 350 staff into 38,224 square feet (3,551.1 m2) of space to downtown New Orleans, Louisiana near the Superdome.[3]

The group works via consensus on managing the spill and making official statements. Incident commanders from each group report to the National Incident Commander, Admiral Thad Allen, USCG. The Command has Incident Command Centers in Houma, Louisiana; Mobile, Alabama; and Miami, Florida (moving on June 11 from St. Petersburg, Florida).[4][5]

Among the functions is the Joint Information Center, consisting of Public information officers from the various components which coordinates the daily news.[6]


Members of the command are:[7]


  1. ^ "SEPCo Home Page". Shelltraining.com. Retrieved 2010-06-16. 
  2. ^ a b "Coastal Crisis press conferences puts Robert, Louisiana on map - WAFB Channel 9, Baton Rouge, LA |". Wafb.com. 2010-04-30. Retrieved 2010-06-16. 
  3. ^ "Unified Command for the BP Oil Spill | Deepwater Horizon Unified Area Command relocating offices to New Orleans". Deepwaterhorizonresponse.com. 2010-05-08. Retrieved 2010-06-16. 
  4. ^ http://www.keysnet.com/2010/06/11/228295/agencies-set-up-florida-command.html
  5. ^ "FEMA: National Situation Update: Friday, May 7, 2010". Fema.gov. Retrieved 2010-06-16. 
  6. ^ Ryan Erickson (2010-06-12). "Will ICS/NIMS have to be rewritten after Deepwater Horizon?". CGBlog.org. Retrieved 2010-06-16. 
  7. ^ "Unified Command for the BP Oil Spill | About Us". Deepwaterhorizonresponse.com. Retrieved 2010-06-16. 

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