Monday, May 3, 2010

Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Information


The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NOAA, has a number of resources available for anyone concerned about the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Forecast maps, like the one shown above, are available along with a large number of links related to response measures. Those resources are available here: http://bit.ly/bnbsNg
If you are considering assisting as a volunteer, a number of agencies have posted information about ways you can get involved:
Facebook Gulf Coast Oil Spill Volunteers: http://www.facebook.com/group.phpgid=121928837818541&v=info

ALABAMA:
“Volunteers are NOT yet needed, but we are collecting the contact info of people who want to assist in any clean-up efforts. We will be in touch with interested volunteers when we have a better idea of what kinds of volunteer assistance will be needed.”
· Mobile Bay National Estuary Program www.mobilebaynep.org 251-431-6409
· Alabama Coastal Foundation 251-990-6002 http://www.joinacf.org/
· Mobile Baykeeper (http://www.mobilebaykeeper.org/) 251-433-4229 or e-mail info@mobilebaykeeper.org with your name, address, phone number, e-mail, and available resources (boat, etc.)

LOUISIANA:
The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana is "acting as a volunteer clearinghouse." Anyone interested in helping can fill out the volunteer form accessible at www.crcl.org.
Louisiana Emergency Page with hotlines for reporting on oil rig damage and claims + volunteer information - http://emergency.louisiana.gov/
The Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has Oil Spill Response: News and Resources on their opening page at http://www.wlf.louisiana.gov/oilspill/

IV. MISSISSIPPI:
Mississippi Department of Marine Resources 228-374-5000 http://www.dmr.state.ms.us/
Institute for Marine Mammals (IMMS): Facebook Post 4.30.2010
o If you would like to assist IMMS with oil spill response you can sign up to become an IMMS emergency volunteer. To sign up, send an email with the following information to contactus@imms.org . You must be at least 18 years old to volunteer.
o Please include the following: name, address, cell phone number, ability to receive text messages, proximity to Gulfport, relevant education or skills (Examples: SCUBA diver, veterinarian or vet assistant, biologist, medical professional, mechanic, operate heavy/special equipment, boat captain), times and days you are available to volunteer, physical limitations such as medical conditions or inability to lift heavy objects.