The Secretary, acting through the Under Secretary for Preparedness and in coordination with the Commandant of the Coast Guard, shall establish a Port Security Exercise Program (referred to in this section as the “Exercise Program”) for the purpose of testing and evaluating the capabilities of Federal, State, local, and foreign governments, commercial seaport personnel and management, governmental and nongovernmental emergency response providers, the private sector, or any other organization or entity, as the Secretary determines to be appropriate, to prevent, prepare for, mitigate against, respond to, and recover from acts of terrorism, natural disasters, and other emergencies at facilities required to submit a plan under section 70103(c) of title 46.
6 U.S. Code § 912. Port Security Exercise Program
(a) In general
(b) RequirementsThe Secretary shall ensure that the Exercise Program—
(1) conducts, on a periodic basis, port security exercises at such facilities that are—
as realistic as practicable and based on current risk assessments, including credible threats, vulnerabilities, and consequences;
(c) Improvement planThe Secretary shall establish a port security exercise improvement plan process to—
monitor the implementation of lessons learned and best practices by participants in the Exercise Program; and