Upon arrival at the blowout site an initial incident briefing was held on our behalf by the operators response team and technical support staff. During this meeting we were appraised of the current situation, their response organization, what had been done and what was being planned. At the end of this meeting we moved into the Initial Planning Cycle phase. The first Incident Action Plan (IAP) was to perform a Site Survey. The local response team had identified an exclusion zone around the blowout and had begun building berms around the location to collect the flowing oil and minimize pollution. They had purposely not made an onsite survey for safety reasons until the arrival of specialists.
After an assessment was made from the exclusion zone, and a safety and rescue plan devised, a site survey team was chosen. The team included John Wright, three blowout firefighters, the rig toolpusher and the operator's drilling superintendent.