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Oil Spill Response - Volunteer Information

Date: 5/9/2010 6:19 pm

The Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries and Auburn’s College of Veterinary Medicine have received requests from persons who wish to volunteer in response to the Deepwater Horizon drilling incident.  Alabama and the Alabama State Agriculture Response Team (ALSART) are still in the preparedness stage.  There has been no activation of any emergency support function personnel.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research who is under contract with British Petroleum to manage wildlife issues for the states involved.

All rehabilitation efforts must be coordinated through U.S. Fish and Wildlife and Tri-State. There will be NO self-deployment during this event.

If oil comes ashore, it becomes a HAZMAT spill, and only trained responders will be allowed in the area.

Volunteer Information

♦ For Alabama volunteer opportunities, visit www.servealabama.gov/, or call 211, or 888-421-1266.

♦ Call the Deepwater Horizon Response volunteer request line at 866-448-5816 and visit the website http://www.deepwaterhorizonresponse.com/go/page/2931/45895/

Please avoid going to affected areas or handling wildlife until you are part of a coordinated response effort. Self-deployment of non-trained volunteers and spectators will potentially hinder rescue and recovery efforts.

The following links provide up-to-date information on the recovery efforts and opportunities to volunteer:

www.servealabama.gov/ Alabama Governor’s Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives with opportunities to volunteer in Alabama.

http://www.deepwaterhorizonresponse.com/go/site/2931/ The official site that provides information from state, federal, and private industry arenas.  This is a unified response with BP taking the primary responsibility for response efforts. Contact information for volunteers.

http://www.alsart.org/ Alabama State Agriculture Response Team website with up-to-date information and links to important websites.

Oiled or Injured Birds in Alabama

If you find oiled or injured birds, do not remove them from their habitat.  Document the location, time, number of animals, your name, and the association with which you are affiliated.

Please do not attempt to decontaminate or rehabilitate wildlife at home. A toll-free number 866-557-1401 is established to report oil or injured wildlife. Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research is coordinating wildlife rehabilitation efforts.  The organization is working with local governmental and non-governmental organizations to stage area rehabilitation locations and volunteers.

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