The Contingency Planning Staff is responsible for writing and maintaining the unit's all-hazards contingency response plans. These plans include, but not limited to, the Severe Weather Plan, the Area Maritime Security Plan, a Mass Rescue Operation Plan, and the Virginia Area Contingency Plan. The staff also organizes and directs various exercises to evaluate and test these plans. Much of the staff's work involves cooperating with other government agencies at the local, state, and federal level, along with the maritime stakeholders in the Port of Virginia.
The Force Readiness Staff is charged with organizing and coordinating the Sector Ready for Operations program. This is a comprehensive assessment of the training and readiness of the six small boat stations, three aids to navigation teams, five patrol boats that fall under Sector Hampton Roads' Area of Responsibility.