Florida officials are monitoring the BP oil spill and its possible effects on our shores, which is essential for our local businesses and costal home and condo owners. Hotlines have been set up to reduce the damage if and when the spilled oil approaches the East coast.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has been designated the lead state agency for responding to potential impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill along Florida’s shoreline. To contact the information line, please call 888-337-3569.
Other important hotlines include:
· To report oil on your shoreline: (866) 448-5816
· If you would like to volunteer to assist with cleanup: (866) 448-5816
· If you have a boat or vessel you would like to volunteer to participate in the Vessel of Opportunity Program: (281) 366-5511
· If you are a business that has sustained economic damage due to the spill and would like to submit a claim: (800) 440-0858
· To share your ideas on how to cap the well, or to contribute technological or other expertise: (281) 366-5511
· To report oil-covered wildlife: (866) 557-1401
For more information, visit www.deepwaterhorizonresponse.com or www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon. Residents can also track the spill from NOAA at www.noaa.gov.