How you can help with the Gulf of Mexico oil leak
In dealing with the massive oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico it is essential that we consider the tragedy’s immediate and future implications. Since the oil on the surface has not been contained and the well is still leaking, it is critical that we consider the likelihood that our area may be affected by this tragedy to our natural resources and tourist based economy.
Here’s how you can help and/or stay informed…
Local organizations providing direct support:
- Save Our Seabirds is a Sarasota, Florida-based bird rescue group that is looking for volunteers and support as its response team prepares to help oiled wildlife. Please click here to fill out their online form or call 941-388-3010.
- The Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary and TradeWinds Island Resort are local drop-off centers for items to be donated and transported to the emergency triage sites. They are in need of linens, kennels, towels, sheets, Dawn detergent, Pepto-Bismol and toothbrushes. Please bring items to the Suncoast Seabird Sanctuary at 18328 Gulf Blvd., Indian Shores; or TradeWinds Island Resort, 5500 Gulf Blvd., St. Pete Beach. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 727-392-4291 with questions.
- Tampa Bay Watch is currently seeking community volunteers to support the oil spill response in Tampa Bay and along West Central Florida. Please visit http://tampabaywatch.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=content.home&pageID=267 for more information on how you can help by volunteering or by financially supporting their response and restoration activities.
- St Petersburg College will be planning a beach clean-up on Clearwater Beach right before oil is expected to reach our shore.
- Visit http://www.volunteerfloridadisaster.org/ for the most up-to-date information for people looking to volunteer their time and talents.
Websites providing updated oil spill information, maps and its projected path:
- To report an oiled shoreline or request volunteer information, call (866) 448-5816.
- To report oiled wildlife, call (866) 557-1401.
- To participate in a training program and volunteer your vessel to help with cleanup, transportation of supplies, wildlife rescue, towing or deploying booms to contain the spill, call (281) 366-5511.
- To submit alternative technologies, products or services that can help with cleanup efforts, call (281) 366-5511.
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