Bayou Grace is continuing to gather information regarding the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf and collaborating with our partners and other individuals, community members, and organizations to coordinate the most effective response for our communities and all Gulf Coast communities. We have registered our services with each of the major volunteer coordination efforts in process and will provide updates and volunteer requests as they arise.
For more information, please visit the following sites:
Receiving and Reporting Information:
BP Horizon Response lines:
To report oiled wildlife, please call 1-866-557-1401 and leave a message.
To report spill related damage, please call 1-800-440-0858.
To report oiled shoreline or request information, please call 1-866-448-5816.
All of these messages are checked hourly.
Oil Spill Crisis Map:
As the massive Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster drifts toward land, residents of the Gulf Coast can report sightings of fishermen out or work, endangered wildlife, oil on shore, oil sheens, health impacts and other problems using a new tool known as the Oil Spill Crisis Map. The reports, submitted via text message, the web or e-mail will appear on a web based map of the Gulf Coast, alerting officials and the public alike of the extent of the damage.
Reports can be made and viewed at http://oilspill.labucketbrigade.org. Mobile phone users can text reports to (504) 27 27 OIL. Reports can also be sent to email@example.com and through Twitter with the hashtag #BPspillmap. Eyewitness reports for the map require a description, and location information such as address, city and state, zip-code or coordinates. Citizen reporters can remain anonymous or disclose their contact information. Photos and video can be uploaded via the web.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration: www.noaa.gov
Environmental Protection Agency: http://www.epa.gov/bpspill/
Official BP Oil Spill Site: www.deepwaterhorizonresponse.com
We will be updating this information shortly with links to include parish and county websites and phone numbers.
BP is hiring local boats to assist in the clean up. If you have a boat and would like to sign up, please contact Vince Mitchell at firstname.lastname@example.org or 425-745-8017.
Other Volunteer Opportunities:
Please remember to coordinate with your local response agencies, as they will offer volunteer training. While the environmental damage can be devastating, oil is a hazardous material, and hazard mitigation training is typically required of all potential volunteers.
You request volunteer information through BP at 866-448-5816. Volunteers may also sign up at http://www.oilspillvolunteers.com/.
Document everything. Keep documents of everything spent and everything lost; keep mileage records; keep all receipts for fuel; take inventories of assets. Photo logs can also be very helpful. If possible, save digital copies of documents that can be easily transported.
Develop your own Family Emergency Plan. www.themastersite.com/BISCO.html
Advocates for Environmental Human Rights’ Statement
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