Monday, June 16, 2008

Volunteer Info

Updated: Oil Response Volunteer Information


Save Our Shores! Florida is working closely with the State Emergency Operations Center and our network of partner organizations around the state in order to provide the most current information regarding the oil spill and volunteer opportunities.

To date, there has been a tremendous amount of support from volunteers who have prepared Florida’s coast for the oil spill: over 2676 volunteers have served 11,564 hours, and 136 miles of beaches have been cleaned! Because of their efforts, Florida’s coastline will be prepared when and where the oil hits.

Keep checking back for opportunities in your area, as we will continue to provide updates. 


BAY COUNTY

While no cleanup activities have yet begun, please register with the Red Cross in order to be included in future efforts.

American Red Cross, Bay County
(850) 763-6587
oilspill@redcrosscpc.org

BRADFORD COUNTY
Red Cross Shelter Training Course: June 28th at 6:30 pm in the Bradford County Board of County Commission Room

BROWARD COUNTY
As there is no reported or immediate threat to Broward’s beaches, currently there is no call for immediate volunteers associated with oil spill cleanups. However, volunteer contribution is greatly encouraged and appreciated by registering now for regularly scheduled beach clean ups and possible opportunities related to this incident.
For registration, visit www.volunteerbroward.org. For information on local efforts and developments go on toBroward County’s site - Oil Spill News.

COLLIER COUNTY
While no volunteer activities have yet begun, please register with Volunteer Florida in order to be included in future efforts.
The following are a few organizations which have indicated to us that they may be contacted if you wish to sign up with a local organization:
  • Rookery Bay (Donna Young) 239-417-6310 X 412
  • National Park Service (Cerisa Swanberg) 305-242-7752
  • State Park Service (Carol Imbriani) 941-486-2155
  • Conservancy of SW Florida (Kathy Worley) 239-403-4223

DIXIE COUNTY
Dixie County has not been impacted at this time. Please register with Volunteer Florida to volunteer. If you are interested in volunteering in the future during times of disaster please contact your local American Red Cross.
American Red Cross of North Central Florida
(352)376-4669
volunteer@redcrossncfc.org

ESCAMBIA COUNTY
If you want local Escambia County information about volunteering please send an email toOilSpillVolunteer@unitedwayescambia.org or call 850-444-7041. If you are interested in CERT training go toescambiacert.samariteam.com or call 850-444-7046.

FRANKLIN COUNTY 

Oil spill volunteer response through Franklin County Emergency Management. Register here.

Apalachicola Riverkeepers will coordinate volunteer efforts in Franklin County during the oil spill response, according to a news release. Visit the following link to signup / contact the organization for volunteer opportunities:riverkeeper@ApalachicolaRiverkeeper.org
http://www.apalachicolariverkeeper.org/contact

GULF COUNTY 

Even though the oil spill is nowhere near Gulf County Beaches, County officials and representatives of BP are organizing a massive beach cleanup effort.  The effort focuses on removing as much debris as possible before any oil reaches the beaches to minimize cleanup efforts in the event the oil does reach the beaches.  If oil reaches the beaches all debris will be considered contaminated and have to be removed by hazardous materials specialists.

For more information please visit www.gulfcounty-fl.gov/DeepHorizonOilSpill.cfm, e-mail VolunteerInfo@GulfCounty-fl.gov or call Amber Davis at (850) 541-3981

Facebook:  Gulf County Oil Spill Volunteers

HERNANDO COUNTY
Visit the United Way of Hernando County if you would like to be added to the local disaster volunteer list.
 

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY
Volunteer opportunities
Coastline watchers: To report oil on the shoreline, call (866) 448-5816, or dial #DEP from a cell phone. To report oiled wildlife, call (866) 557-1401. For more information, visit www.volunteerfloridadisaster.org
Pre-oil landfall beach cleanup: Sign up online with Keep Pinellas Beautiful for a Special Beach Cleanup atwww.pinvol.org. Volunteers who register online would be contacted for a cleanup event 72 hours prior to an expected landfall of oil on the Pinellas shoreline. For more information, call (727) 533-0402.
Local bird survey: Assist Audubon with counting local bird populations by using the eBird checklist at www.ebird.orgor call the Clearwater Audubon Society at (727) 431-2856.
Beach and wildlife monitoring: Volunteers can contact Tampa Bay Watch at www.tampabaywatch.org or call (727) 867-8166.
Office work or seabird rehabilitation: Volunteers are needed at the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary for tasks such as feeding birds and answering the phone to free up trained staff for emergency work. Also, veterinarians and wildlife paraprofessionals are needed for an Emergency Call List to clean oiled birds (training is required). Visitwww.seabirdsanctuary.com or call (727) 391-2473.
Aquarium work: Volunteers are needed to assist the Clearwater Marine Aquarium with daily duties. Training classes and long-term weekly shifts are required. Volunteers will not necessarily treat oiled wildlife directly, as marine animal needs will be determined by federal wildlife officials and facility staff. Contact Clearwater Marine Aquarium atwww.seewinter.com or call (727) 441-1790, ext. 230.
Volunteers can sign up for multiple shoreline cleanups around the Tampa Bay area with the Mayors Beatification Program on our website www.mbptree.org. There will be each cleanups throughout Hillsborough, Pinellas, and other counties as needed. We look forward to working with volunteers in this effort to keep our coastline beautiful.

INDIAN RIVER COUNTY
Although there is no immediate need for volunteers associated with the oil spill, volunteers are encouraged to join the Mayor’s Beach Cleanup on Sunday, June 27th at 11:00am at Hotel Costa d’Este, 3244 Ocean Drive, Vero Beach.
The complex nature of oil cleanup, coupled with health and safety concerns, limits the role of volunteers. Therefore, volunteers cannot be used in any situation where they may come in contact with oiled shorelines or oiled wildlife. Please call United Way of Indian River County, 567-8900 ext. 20 for updates, or to register as a volunteer for any activities that may be coordinated at a future date.

LEE COUNTY
Because of your generosity and kindness, Lee County’s shores will be well prepared if and when we are impacted from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. At this point, because of our distance from the perimeter of the oil spill, there is no immediate need to seek mass amounts of volunteers. However, there are ways to help. Visit Lee County Emergency Management’s website, and look to the “Breaking News” section. We’ve posted flyers and Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about how you could help, as well as other relevant information. Also, we’ll make updates as necessary, so stay tuned!

LEON COUNTY
Gulf Oil Crisis Collection Sites

Northwood Animal Hospital, 1881 N Martin Luther King Blvd across from Northwood Center
Hours are 7 to 6 Mon-Fri. 8 to 12 on Sat.

Southwood Animal Hospital, 2528 Capital Circle NE, just a few blocks from Publix;
Hours are 7 to 6 Mon-Fri. 8 to 12 on Sat.

Musicmasters: 1114 North Monroe St.

Humidity Gallery: 1355 Market St.

Jim Wells Tire: 1835 Thomasville Rd.
Items Needed
• Heating pads (w/o auto shut off if possible)
• Large Rubbermaid containers with lids
• Heating lamps
• Large backyard portable pools like found at Wal-Mart
• Disposable Towels
• Plastic Trash Bags
• Plastic Trash Cans
• Newspaper
• Linens
• Sheet
• Toothbrushes (NEW)
• Heavy Duty Rubber Gloves
• Kennels (Small to X-Large)
• Adhesive Bandages
• Shovels
• Rakes
• Stand by fire extinguishers
• Bottled water
• Dawn Detergent
• Pepto-Bismol

MANATEE COUNTY
Volunteer Opportunities

Manatee County has produced a handout (pdf, 268KB) for those individuals and groups interested in assisting with volunteer activities related to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. We appreciate the many requests and offers of help and encourage volunteers to first register with Volunteer Florida and then become affiliated with a local Manatee County organization in order to join the volunteer effort. To receive up-to-date information on Manatee County, status reports, and volunteer needs please visit our website at www.mymanatee.org.

Coastline Watchers are needed to help monitor the coastline in the event of possible impact from the oil spill. To report oil on the shoreline please call (850) 413-9900 or (800) 320-0519. To report oiled wildlife, please call (866) 557-1401.

Pre-oil landfall beach cleanups will be planned in the event. Manatee County staff are working with U.S. Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg to receive information and predictions regarding any possible oilings on the local shoreline. Volunteers who would like to help with these cleanups will be contacted in advance of the event and will be asked to help by removing naturally occurring materials and trash from the coast. As the County's beaches are currently providing habitat to a variety of nesting shore birds and sea turtles, please wait for these organized cleanups.

Manatee County Natural Resources Department's Volunteer and Education Division Manager can be reached at (941) 748-4501 ext. 4605. or by email at melissa.nell@mymanatee.org
Florida West Coast County Volunteer Organizations
Recommended Volunteer OrganizationsCountyContactPhoneE-mail
Volunteer ManateeManatee CountyLaura Lockwood941-761-3207laura@volunteermanatee.org
ManateensManatee CountyLaura Lockwood941-761-3207laura@volunteermanatee.org
Sarasota Bay Estuary ProgramManatee County*Sara Kane941-955-8085sara@sarasotabay.org
Tampa Bay Estuary ProgramManatee County*Colleen Gray727-893-2765colleen@tbep.org
Charlotte Harbor National Estuary ProgramManatee County*Maran Hilgendorf239-338-2556mhilgendorf@swfrpc.org
Keep Manatee BeautifulManatee CountyIngrid Mclellan941-795-8272keep@manateebeautiful.com
Manatee County Natural ResourcesManatee CountyMelissa Cain Nell941-748-4501 ext. 4605Melissa.nell@mymanatee.org
Manatee County Audubon SocietyManatee CountyBarb Singer941-729-2222isellfl@gmail.com
Wildlife, Inc.Manatee County*Gail Straight941-778-6324Caracara1@tampabay.rr.com
Anna Maria Island Turtle WatchManatee CountySuzy Fox941-778-5638director@islandturtles.com
* Operates in other counties in addition to Manatee County
Please note: Volunteer Manatee (who manages the Manateens) is the main volunteer agency within Manatee County, coordinating the majority of the County’s youth as well as many adults. The other agencies listed are either special interest groups, such as the National Estuary Programs, or non-profits which utilize volunteers to further their missions. Manatee County Natural Resources Department also maintains its own standing core of volunteers that can assist if necessary.

MARTIN COUNTY
Surfrider Foundation is sponsoring Beach Cleanup Sessions around the Treasure Coast:
June 20, 2010
9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Jensen Sea Turtle Beach
4191 NE Ocean Blvd.
Anthony DiFranco 772-528-4395
June 26, 2010
9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Stuart Public Beach
889 NE Ocean Blvd.
Ohana Surf Shop 772-287-0042
July 10, 2010
8 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Pepper Park Beach N & S
N. Hwy A1A, Ft. Pierce
Andy Brady 772-971-2225






Visit www.surfrider.org/treasurecoast for more information.

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY
iaminvolved.org - Volunteer information site

MONROE COUNTY
The Nature Conservancy, Florida Keys and the Florida Keys Environment Coalition volunteer registration and events
www.KeysSpill.com

OKALOOSA COUNTY 

Training Opportunities
The local Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge needs NEW large plastic totes (tubs). Please drop them off at 406 Mountain Drive, Destin. They can also use cash donations. If you have questions, please call 650-1880.
Citizens in Okaloosa County wanting more information can dial 311 ext. 8 for updates or visit www.okaloosafl.comand click on 311.
On Twitter at OKALOOSAEOC
Okaloosa Island Beaches were cleaned in April to celebrate Earth Day and remain very clean. ALL waterfront homeowners, including Destin (private) beach homeowners, are asked to clean up their own waterfront areas in order to protect sea grasses, etc. from impact of volunteers.  This is to include the people living on the bays and bayous.
Support United Way's Response to the Gulf Coast Oil Spill Crisis go to www.united-way.org click on DONATE NOW!
Bill Robinson, United Way
850.243.0315
bill@unitedway.org

PASCO COUNTY 

Volunteer Trainings

PALM BEACH COUNTY
Although, there is no immediate need for volunteers associated with the oil spill locally, Palm Beach County continues to encourage volunteers become involved with current beach clean-up and beach-sweep opportunities provided through the various municipalities and beach clean-up organizations throughout the county.

The complex nature of oil cleanup, coupled with health and safety concerns, limits the role of volunteers. Therefore, volunteers cannot be used in any situation where they may come in contact with oiled shorelines or oiled wildlife.

Palm Beach County Government, all municipalities and other key agencies and organizations are concerned about the potential threat to our county’s coastal shores and inter-coastal water ways. Please go to www.pbcgov.org for the latest Palm Beach County updates or to register as a volunteer for any activities that may be coordinated at a future date.

PINELLAS COUNTY
Volunteer opportunities
Coastline watchers: To report oil on the shoreline, call (866) 448-5816, or dial #DEP from a cell phone. To report oiled wildlife, call (866) 557-1401. For more information, visit www.volunteerfloridadisaster.org
Pre-oil landfall beach cleanup: Sign up online with Keep Pinellas Beautiful for a Special Beach Cleanup atwww.pinvol.org. Volunteers who register online would be contacted for a cleanup event 72 hours prior to an expected landfall of oil on the Pinellas shoreline. For more information, call (727) 533-0402.
Local bird survey: Assist Audubon with counting local bird populations by using the eBird checklist at www.ebird.orgor call the Clearwater Audubon Society at (727) 431-2856.
Beach and wildlife monitoring: Volunteers can contact Tampa Bay Watch at www.tampabaywatch.org or call (727) 867-8166.
Office work or seabird rehabilitation: Volunteers are needed at the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary for tasks such as feeding birds and answering the phone to free up trained staff for emergency work. Also, veterinarians and wildlife paraprofessionals are needed for an Emergency Call List to clean oiled birds (training is required). Visitwww.seabirdsanctuary.com or call (727) 391-2473.
Aquarium work: Volunteers are needed to assist the Clearwater Marine Aquarium with daily duties. Training classes and long-term weekly shifts are required. Volunteers will not necessarily treat oiled wildlife directly, as marine animal needs will be determined by federal wildlife officials and facility staff. Contact Clearwater Marine Aquarium atwww.seewinter.com or call (727) 441-1790, ext. 230.
Volunteers can sign up for multiple shoreline cleanups around the Tampa Bay area with the Mayors Beatification Program on our website www.mbptree.org. There will be each cleanups throughout Hillsborough, Pinellas, and other counties as needed. We look forward to working with volunteers in this effort to keep our coastline beautiful.
Donations
Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary is requesting donations of items such as towels to treat oiled birds. Visitwww.seabirdsanctuary.com or call (727) 391-2473 for a current list.
Clearwater Marine Aquarium has set up an Oil Spill Emergency Fund. Donations can be made by calling the aquarium at (727) 441-1790 or visiting www.seewinter.com.
More information
Pinellas County Volunteer Services (727) 464-3945 email: volunteers@pinellascounty.org

SANTA ROSA COUNTY 

Volunteer Reception Center: (850) 983-5223

Help Thy Neighbor, Brenda Roland: (850) 983-5220
Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge: (850) 650-1880
Email Susan at slevielle@ecwildlifrefuge.com, with the words "Phone Duty" in you subject line if you are able to come in to answer the phone. Please include your availability.

SARASOTA COUNTY
www.FriendshipVolunteer.com - Friendship Volunteer Center

ST. LUCIE COUNTY
Surfrider Foundation is sponsoring Beach Cleanup Sessions around the Treasure Coast:
June 20, 2010
9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Jensen Sea Turtle Beach
4191 NE Ocean Blvd.
Anthony DiFranco 772-528-4395
June 26, 2010
9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Stuart Public Beach
889 NE Ocean Blvd.
Ohana Surf Shop 772-287-0042
July 10, 2010
8 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Pepper Park Beach N & S
N. Hwy A1A, Ft. Pierce
Andy Brady 772-971-2225






Visit www.surfrider.org/treasurecoast for more information.

TAYLOR COUNTY
The Taylor County Department of Emergency Management greatly appreciates your willingness to volunteer your time and effort should oil threaten our coast. At this point, because of our distance from the perimeter of the oil spill, there is no immediate need to begin volunteer activities beyond building our volunteer database. Please register with Volunteer Florida in order to be included in future efforts. Thank you.

WAKULLA COUNTY 

The Gulf Specimen Marine Lab needs skilled carpenters to tear down and replace sheds over the tanks that they are cleaning at the shrimp farm. Rusty nail type work. All help appreciated, but needed now. Contact Jack Rudloe or (850) 984-5297.
The Florida Wild Mammal Association needs help!
FWMA is in need of seabird enclosures and volunteers to build them!
Date: Saturday, June 12, 2010 from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. at FWMA: 198 Edgar Poole Road Crawfordville, FL
Contact Lisa theparrotlodge@yahoo.com to volunteer or for more information.
Volunteer: Provide hands-on help to prepare for oiled wildlife. FWMA is in need of volunteers to build seabird enclosures. FWMA supports and maintains MANY needy animals, including birds. Contact Lisatheparrotlodge@yahoo.com to volunteer.
Donate: Go to www.wakullawildlife.org to help sponsor a habitat. Donations can be made through Pay Pal. Donations of 250.00 or more will have a habitat dedicated in their name. All donations are tax deductable. These habitats will insure that FWMA will be able to provide housing for pelicans, gannets and a number of other seabirds.

WALTON COUNTY 

Camille Cox, Walton County Emergency Management
(850) 892-8394
www.waltonso.org



MORE INFORMATION

Report oiled shoreline in Florida to the State Warning Point: 1-877-2-SAVE-FL (1-877-272-8335) or #DEP from a cell phone. Click here to download a fact sheet with guidelines on what to look for when reporting impacts to Florida’s shoreline. (.pdf, 196KB)
Florida Response Numbers
Florida Oil Spill Information Line(888) 337-3569
(800) 955-8771 (TDD)
(800) 955-8770 (voice)
Attorney General Fraud Hotline for Price Gouging(866) 966-7226
Florida Agriculture and Consumer Services Price Gouging Hotline(800) HELP-FLA
(800) 435-7352
Seabirds and shorebirds are protected by law. Report anyone harming or harassing these birds or nest disturbances to Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission(888) 404-FWCC (3922)
Florida State Parks Camping or Cabin Reservations(850) 245-2157
Florida Department of Financial Services Small Business Assistance Hotline.(850) 413-3089
(877) MY-FL-CFO
(877) 693-5236
Business Owner Insurance Coverage Hotline(850) 413-3100
(800) 342-2762
TDD: (850) 410-9700
Report boom vandalism to the Florida State Warning Point(800) 320-0519
State of Florida Chief Financial Officer Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Resources
BP Issued Response Numbers
BP’s community information line and volunteer line(866) 448-5816
To report tarballs or other evidence of oil on Florida’s coastline call the Rapid Response Team(866) 448-5816
Report oiled wildlife(866) 557-1401
File a claim with BP(800) 440-0858
Report injured or oiled animals to the Wildlife Distress Hotline(866) 557-1401
Fishermen who wish to contact BP(800) 440-0858
To register as a consultant, contractor, vendor, or submit information on alternative response technology, services, products, vessels of opportunities, or suggestions(281) 366-5511
Investor Relations(281) 366-3123
Transocean Hotline(832) 587-8554
MI Swaco Hotline(888) 318-6765
BP family and third-party hotline(281) 366-5578