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June 29, 2010

Volunteer For Animals Affected by Oil Spill

The Humane Society of the United States

  • Pelicans wait to be cleaned in Fort Jackson, La. Riley/HSUS.

Eager to help wildlife affected by the oil spill? Wildlife groups in the Gulf say the need for volunteers will grow in the weeks and months ahead. People wanting to help on the ground are strongly encouraged to seek training and experience and become certified now. Find out more below.

Not able to volunteer to help wildlife affected by the oil spill? Consider helping wildlife in your community by volunteering with a group near you. Search for wildlife rehabilitators at wildlifeinternational.org»


Live in South Florida? Help at the Wildlife Care Center

All those interested in volunteering are strongly encouraged to earn certificates and seek out training now. Should the region be affected by the oil spill, trained volunteers will be called upon to help at the Wildlife Care Center location to assist in the facility’s daily operations. 

Please email your contact information and current certificates, training and qualifications to jjohnston@humanesociety.org


Suggested Online Courses for Any Kind of Disaster Relief Efforts

FEMA offers Incident Command System courses; these are online and free. These courses cover the federal system of incident response and  shed light on why all volunteers or responders must be registered and working with the organization (in this case BP) in charge of the disaster response. Each course requires about four hours of reading and a test.

Anyone interested in any type of disaster response is encouraged to take ICS 100, ICS 200, ICS 700 and ICS 800. The FEMA website also has a variety of other courses, including Animals in Disaster, which are very helpful.
 
OSHA HAZMAT courses are available online.


What is BP doing?

BP is directly contracting agencies and individuals to work in the clean up of the oil spill. As of right now they are contracting and paying individuals who have lost their financial livelihoods due to the spill, such as local fisher people. For specific details about their efforts and to contact them directly please visit their site:

BP has contracted Tri-State Bird Research and Rescue to handle all oil spill related injured wildlife.


Helpful Phone Numbers

  • BP Community Information Line and Volunteer Line: 866-448-5816
  • Rapid Response Team: 866-448-5816
  • Report Oiled Wildlife: 866-557-1401
  • Report Oiled Wildlife FWCC: 888-404-3922
  • Florida Oil Spill Information Line: 888-337-3569
  • Report Oil or Tarballs: 877-272-8335


If you live in the following states, you can learn more about state volunteer opportunities in the oil spill response:

Volunteer Louisiana»
Volunteer Florida»
Volunteer Mississippi»
Volunteer Alabama»

Not able to volunteer in the states above to help wildlife affected by the oil spill? Consider helping wildlife in your community by volunteering with a group near you. Search for wildlife rehabilitators at wildlifeinternational.org»

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