June 17th, 2010
Important Phone Numbers:
- State Crisis Counseling Hotline: 1 (866) 310-7977
- Medical Support: 1 (888) 623-0287
- Report Environmental/Community Impacts: 1 (866) 448-5816
- File Damages Claims: 1 (800) 440-0858
- Share Alternative Response Ideas/Technology: 1 (281) 366-5511
- Report an Available Boat: 1 (281) 366-5511
- Volunteer Information: 1 (866) 448-5816
- Health Hotline from the Poison Control Center: 1 (800) 222-1222
General Web Resources:
- CDC Department of Emergency Preparedness & Response: Includes information for specific groups (such as coastal residents, health professionals, and response workers), information on food, air, and water quality, information on hazardous materials involved, and answers to important questions in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.
- Resources from the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals: Has links to the most current surveillance reports, reports of oil spill related illness and injuries, and oyster harvest area closures. Also includes guidance and frequently asked questions in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese.
- Louisiana Beach Openings, Closings, and Advisories: Includes an interactive map and a chart posting information on the status of many beaches. Advisories are based on tests of water quality.
- Information on Filing a Damages Claim: Information on what damages are eligible for claims and how to file a claim. Includes an online claims form in English, Spanish, or Vietnamese.
- Important Links from the National Institutes of Health (NIH): A collection of links to articles and resources covering all aspects of the disaster, including health information, coping with stress, occupational health, seafood contamination, and more.
- Tar Balls Facts: Facts and information about tar balls that are found on a beach after an oil spill. Includes information on how tar balls are formed and what to do if you encounter them on a beach.
- RestoreTheGulf.gov: A centralized site for news, information, and multimedia relevant to all states impacted by the disaster.
- Mental Health Tip Sheets from the US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: Tip sheets providing guidance on coping with mental health effects of the distaster, including tips for talking to children and youths.
Web Resources for Clean-Up Workers and Emergency Responders:
- Protective Equipment Recommendations for Clean-Up Workers from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA): A spreadsheet listing the recommended equipment for each different clean up task.
- Worker Safety Information from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH): Resources for workers and emergency responders, including how to deal with many health and safety hazards.
- Mental Health Tip Sheets from the US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: Tip sheets on recognizing signs of alcohol and substance abuse and on managing and preventing stress.
Environmental Impact Web Resources:
- EPA Resources: Data reports on air quality, water quality, sediment analysis, and waste management. Also includes information on dispersants and the EPA’s involvement in monitoring environmental aspects of the spill.
- Information and Resources from the Audubon Nature Institute: Information on how the Audubon Nature Institute is responding to and caring for impacted coastal animals and on how you can help.