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Deepwater Horizon Response 2010

Deepwater Horizon Response

For the most up-to-date information on the response, please visit the Florida Department of Environmental Protection Deepwater Horizon Response at http://www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon.

Deepwater Horizon After Action Plan
Deepwater Horizon After Action Plan Report

The purpose of this report is to provide information on response efforts during Deepwater Horizon Response. The Florida State Emergency Operation Center (SEOC) was activated for 120 days from April 30, 2010 to August 27, 2010.  This report was initiated by the State Emergency Response Team (SERT) for its own review and analysis on the efficacy and efficiency of their performance during that time.  It contains recommendations for improving upon operations and procedures for future activations.

Update and Situation Reports Archive

Update Reports 04/30/2010 - 08/17/2010
Situation Reports 05/01/2010 - 08/12/2010

08/27/10 - State Emergency Operations Center Transitions To Monitoring Status For The Deepwater Horizon Event

The State Emergency Operations Center (EOC) transitioned today to a Level 3 monitoring status for the Deepwater Horizon event. State emergency response officials will continue to respond to impacts as they are reported to the State Watch Office and ensure proper cleanup occurs as needed.

“Though the State EOC activation has come to an end, the State Emergency Response Team remains committed to protecting Florida’s coastline from this disaster,” said David Halstead, director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management. “Our state has a robust system in place for responding to reports of oil product on our shores and we will continue to be vigilant in ensuring reported impacts are cleaned up immediately.”

The State EOC initially activated on April 30 in response to this event. Today marks day 120 of activation, which is the second longest activation in EOC history, behind the 137 day activation for the 1998 wildfire season.

State EOC Transitions To Monitoring Status For The Deepwater Horizon Event

08/27/10 - Statement by Governor Crist Regarding Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill State of Emergency

“While we are grateful the Deepwater Horizon well stopped gushing oil more than a month ago, counties in Northwest Florida hardest hit by oil continue to see hotel and travel cancellations. These counties still need our assistance to strengthen their economies, and we must be wise and prudent to do so. I remain committed to helping affected individuals, businesses and local governments recoup any economic losses they experienced, whether due to oil in the Gulf of Mexico coming ashore or the public’s misperceptions about the extent of the oil’s impact.”

Please see the attached Executive Order 10-191, regarding an extension of Governor Charlie Crist's declaration of a State of Emergency due to ongoing economic impact from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The declaration is amended to reduce the number of counties covered in the Executive Order to the seven most affected counties of Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Bay, Gulf and Franklin.

Executive Order Number 10-191

08/16/10 - $3 MILLION CONTRIBUTION WILL HELP THOSE AFFECTED BY OIL SPILL

~BP Contribution Will Help Fund Behavioral Health Services~

The Florida Department of Children and Families announced today that BP has agreed to provide $3 million that will allow the agency and its community partners to maintain behavioral health and substance abuse services to individuals living and working in eight coastal counties affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

"While the beaches of Florida have been spared widespread damage from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, there has been a cloud of anxiety and fear that has affected thousands of Floridians who faced a threat to their lifestyles and professions," said Gov. Charlie Crist. "With the teamwork between DCF and many local partners, providers of mental health treatment and services have stepped up their efforts to meet the increased need to assist families, adults and children."

$3 million contribution will help those affected by Oil Spill

08/13/10 - Florida Department Of Health Establishes Long-Term Oil Impact Health Advisory Guidance For Counties

Deepwater Horizon ResponseIn response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the Florida Department of Health (DOH) in coordination with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Gulf coast impacted counties has established new long-term criteria for the issuance and rescission of health advisories due to the oil spill that impacted Florida's northwest coast. This replaces earlier guidance, developed to provide visitors health information when visiting Florida's beaches.

"This guidance offers county health departments and our partners along northwest Florida's beautiful coastline specific criteria to aid in long-term decision-making to notice or rescind health advisories related to an oil spill," said State Surgeon General Ana Viamonte Ros, M.D., M.P.H. "The Florida Department of Health remains committed to providing the best information to our residents and visitors, so they can make the appropriate health decisions for themselves and their families."

Advisory Guidance for Counties Release
DOH Deepwater Horizon Public Health Advisories

08/05/10 - State Emergency Operations Center Transitions To A Level 2 – Partial Activation In Response To The Deepwater Horizon Incident

Level 2 ActivationThe State Emergency Operations Center transitioned on August 5, Thursday, to a Level 2 – partial activation in response to the Deepwater Horizon incident in the Gulf of Mexico.

"Due to the success of the static kill operation and the progress toward a permanent well-kill, the threat of heavy impact to the state of Florida is significantly reduced," said David Halstead, director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management. "While the State Emergency Operations Center has transitioned to a Level 2, the State Emergency Response Team remains focused on protecting Florida's businesses, residents, visitors, and communities from any oil remaining in the Gulf of Mexico."

State emergency management officials will continue to coordinate with federal, state and local partners to ensure that any further impacts to Florida's coastline are quickly responded to and cleaned up.

Partial Activation In Response To The Deepwater Horizon Incident Release

08/17/10 - CLOSED SHRIMP-HARVESTING AREA IN ESCAMBIA COUNTY REOPENS

~The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will reopen state waters offshore of Escambia County to the harvest of shrimp at 12:01 AM on August 17~

The FWC had temporarily closed this area to the harvest of fish, shrimp and crabs on June 14 as a precautionary measure due to possible effects of oil from the BP Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The FWC reopened the area to the harvest of fish on July 31.

"Reopening these waters to shrimping is another positive step forward in Florida's recovery from the BP oil spill," said Nick Wiley, executive director of the FWC. "It serves as a reminder that seafood caught in Florida waters is healthy and great to eat."

The FWC is reopening this 23-mile stretch of state waters to shrimp-harvesting because a careful laboratory analysis of shrimp collected there confirms they are oil-free and safe to eat. The sampling and laboratory tests were conducted under the supervision of the United States Food and Drug Administration and NOAA, and the tested shrimp passed all standards for safe consumption.

The temporarily closed shrimping area, which included state waters from the beaches out 9 nautical miles into the Gulf from the Florida/Alabama border east to the Pensacola Beach water tower, has been closely monitored by state officials using aerial over-flights and visual observations on the water. Oil has not been observed there for some time.

Oysters, clams and mussels were not included in the closure and have always remained open to harvest. However, the area will remain closed to the harvest of crabs pending additional testing.

More information on the FWC's response to the BP oil spill is available online at MyFWC.com/OilSpill.

Closed Shrimp-Harvesting Area in Escambia County Reopens

08/06/10 - Florida's Response To The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Reaches Day 100

~100 days of activation for state emergency response officials~

Deepwater Horizon ResponseSaturday, August 7, 2010, marked the 100th day of activation for the Florida State Emergency Response Team's response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill incident. For more than three months, Florida emergency response officials have focused on maximizing response efforts and minimizing impacts associated with this disaster.

"BP's completion of cementing operations on the well as part of the static kill procedure give us further encouragement that we are close to a permanent fix," said Florida Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Michael W. Sole. "Although this event is not yet over, we are hopeful that impacts to Florida's shores will continue to decrease as the well remains capped and no new oil is leaking into the Gulf of Mexico."

"Florida's response to the Deepwater Horizon event has now surpassed the 90 days of activation for Hurricane Andrew in 1992," said Florida Division of Emergency Management Director David Halstead. "I am extremely proud of this team for their continuing hard work, professionalism and dedication to protecting this great state."

Florida's Response To The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Reaches Day 100 Release

08/06/10 - Florida Deepwater Horizon Response Update Day 99

Under the leadership of Governor Charlie Crist, the State Emergency Response Team and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are actively coordinating and responding to the Deepwater Horizon incident.

Please see for details providing a summary of state and BP response actions to date, as well as tips for residents and visitors to take precautions both pre and post-landfall. 

For the most up-to-date information on Florida's Deepwater Horizon response, as well as health and safety tips, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon and see the latest State Emergency Response Team Situation Report.

Deepwater Horizon Response Day 99
Deepwater Horizon Public Information Resources and Hotlines

08/05/10 - Florida Deepwater Horizon Response Update Day 98

Under the leadership of Governor Charlie Crist, the State Emergency Response Team and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are actively coordinating and responding to the Deepwater Horizon incident.

Please see Deepwater Horizon Response Day 98 for details providing a summary of state and BP response actions to date, as well as tips for residents and visitors to take precautions both pre and post-landfall. 

For the most up-to-date information on Florida's Deepwater Horizon response, as well as health and safety tips, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon and see the latest State Emergency Response Team Situation Report.

Deepwater Horizon Response Day 98
Deepwater Horizon Public Information Resources and Hotlines

07/31/10 - Governor Crist Announces Closed Harvesting Area in Escambia County Reopens

Governor Charlie Crist announced on Friday, July 30, that The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) has reopened coastal state waters offshore of Escambia County to the harvest of saltwater fish, at 12:01 a.m. July 31. The FWC closed this area on June 14 as a precautionary measure due to possible impacts of oil from the BP Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

“The reopening of gulf waters for fishing is positive news for Floridians who depend on this important industry and for our recreational users and tourist,” said Governor Crist.  “Florida seafood is safe to eat and I thank the Food and Drug Administration for completing the test so quickly."

Closed Harvesting Area in Escambia County Reopens Release

08/04/10 - Florida Deepwater Horizon Response Update Day 97

Under the leadership of Governor Charlie Crist, the State Emergency Response Team and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are actively coordinating and responding to the Deepwater Horizon incident.

Please see Deepwater Horizon Response Day 97 for details providing a summary of state and BP response actions to date, as well as tips for residents and visitors to take precautions both pre and post-landfall. 

For the most up-to-date information on Florida's Deepwater Horizon response, as well as health and safety tips, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon and see the latest State Emergency Response Team Situation Report.

Deepwater Horizon Response Day 97
Deepwater Horizon Public Information Resources and Hotlines

08/03/10 - Florida Deepwater Horizon Response Update Day 96

Under the leadership of Governor Charlie Crist, the State Emergency Response Team and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are actively coordinating and responding to the Deepwater Horizon incident.

Please see Deepwater Horizon Response Day 96 for details providing a summary of state and BP response actions to date, as well as tips for residents and visitors to take precautions both pre and post-landfall. 

For the most up-to-date information on Florida's Deepwater Horizon response, as well as health and safety tips, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon and see the latest State Emergency Response Team Situation Report.

Deepwater Horizon Response Day 96
Deepwater Horizon Public Information Resources and Hotlines

07/30/10 - National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration Announces Gulf Surface Oil Not A Threat To South Florida, Keys Or East Coast

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced today that a new analysis shows Southern Florida, the Florida Keys, and the East Coast are unlikely to experience any effects from the remaining oil on the surface of the Gulf as a result of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. No new oil has leaked from the Deepwater Horizon well in 15 days and the surface oil that remains is hundreds of miles away from the loop current and in the process of degrading.

“This announcement further confirms what Florida’s reconnaissance efforts have long suggested – that oil is not likely to reach the loop current,” said Florida Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Michael W. Sole. “Our focus remains on response and recovery; however, the threat of oil reaching Florida’s shores is dramatically reduced with each day the well is capped.”

NOAA Announces Gulf Surface Oil Not A Threat To South Florida, Keys Or
East Coast Release

07/30/10 - Governor Crist Announces $7 Million BP Grant for Northwest Florida Tourism Marketing

~ Requests $43 million to complete second round of tourism marketing and
advertising campaign ~

Governor Charlie Crist announced BP will provide $7 million to the Northwest Florida Travel Council for tourism marketing and advertising.  Expressing appreciation for the grant, Governor Crist promptly sent a letter to BP’s Doug Suttles, requesting another $43 million from BP to complete a second round of a tourism marketing and advertising campaign. On June 30, 2010, Governor Crist requested $50 million for this purpose.

“As I hear from business and tourism industry leaders throughout our coastal communities, it is clear we must continue working to convince potential visitors to our state that our beautiful beaches are clean and open,” Governor Crist said. “While we appreciate BP’s commitment, we must insist on full support of Florida’s $60-billion-a-year tourism industry.”

$7 Million BP Grant for Northwest Florida Tourism Marketing Release

08/02/10 - Florida Deepwater Horizon Response Update Day 95

Under the leadership of Governor Charlie Crist, the State Emergency Response Team and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are actively coordinating and responding to the Deepwater Horizon incident.

Please see Deepwater Horizon Response Day 95 for details providing a summary of state and BP response actions to date, as well as tips for residents and visitors to take precautions both pre and post-landfall. 

For the most up-to-date information on Florida's Deepwater Horizon response, as well as health and safety tips, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon and see the latest State Emergency Response Team Situation Report.

Deepwater Horizon Response Day 95
Deepwater Horizon Public Information Resources and Hotlines

07/30/10 - Florida Deepwater Horizon Response Update Day 92

Under the leadership of Governor Charlie Crist, the State Emergency Response Team and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are actively coordinating and responding to the Deepwater Horizon incident.

Please see Deepwater Horizon Response Day 92 for details providing a summary of state and BP response actions to date, as well as tips for residents and visitors to take precautions both pre and post-landfall. 

For the most up-to-date information on Florida's Deepwater Horizon response, as well as health and safety tips, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon and see the latest State Emergency Response Team Situation Report.

Deepwater Horizon Response Day 92
Deepwater Horizon Public Information Resources and Hotlines

07/29/10 - Florida Emergency Response Officials To Begin Rightsizing Response Efforts To The Deepwater Horizon Incident

The State Emergency Response Team, in coordination with US Coast Guard officials, and county partners will today begin rightsizing Florida’s response efforts to the Deepwater Horizon incident.

“The capping of the well and progress toward permanent well-kill have reduced the threat of oil to Florida’s shores and sensitive environments,” said Florida Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Michael W. Sole. “We will now begin the cautious and measured rightsizing of protective measures to help Florida’s residents and communities start the road to recovery. However, boom will be redeployed as necessary, as well as other assets within each branch area of operation, should conditions change."

Rightsizing Response Efforts To The Deepwater Horizon Incident Release

07/29/10 - Florida Deepwater Horizon Response Update Day 91

Under the leadership of Governor Charlie Crist, the State Emergency Response Team and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are actively coordinating and responding to the Deepwater Horizon incident.

Please see Deepwater Horizon Response Day 91 for details providing a summary of state and BP response actions to date, as well as tips for residents and visitors to take precautions both pre and post-landfall. 

For the most up-to-date information on Florida's Deepwater Horizon response, as well as health and safety tips, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon and see the latest State Emergency Response Team Situation Report.

Deepwater Horizon Response Day 91
Deepwater Horizon Public Information Resources and Hotlines

07/24/10 - U.S. Small Business Administration Approves Disaster Loan Programs for Residents in Collier, Lee and Monroe Counties

TALLAHASSEE – Governor Charlie Crist announced today that the Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) programs to aid Collier, Lee and Monroe County residents impacted by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The declaration also covers the contiguous counties of Broward, Glades, Hendry and Miami-Dade.

"This announcement comes at a time when our state is facing not only the Deepwater Horizon disaster, but a potentially active hurricane season," said Governor Crist. "We are grateful that affected residents and businesses in each of these counties will now have access to low-interest loan programs to begin the rebuilding process."

07/24/2010 South Florida SBA Declaration

07/22/10 - Governor Charlie Crist's Letter Regarding Fishing

Please find attached Governor Charlie Crist's letter to Dr. Jane Lubchenco, Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, requesting expedited action regarding the extension of Florida's red snapper fishing season and reopening federal waters for fishing in order to expand fishing opportunities in Florida.

Governor Charlie Crist's Letter Regarding Fishing

07/20/10 - Executive Order 10-169, Authorizing Interim Property Assessments

Please see the attached Executive Order 10-169, authorizing property appraisers to provide interim assessments of properties affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster. Property appraisers in the 26 counties under the current state of emergency are granted authorization to provide an interim assessment of any property that may have declined in value due to the oil spill.  Property owners can then use the interim assessments to substantiate claims against BP or other responsible parties.

Executive Order 10-169, Authorizing Interim Property Assessments

07/29/10 - Florida Deepwater Horizon Response Update Day 90

Under the leadership of Governor Charlie Crist, the State Emergency Response Team and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are actively coordinating and responding to the Deepwater Horizon incident.

Please see Deepwater Horizon Response Day 90 for details providing a summary of state and BP response actions to date, as well as tips for residents and visitors to take precautions both pre and post-landfall. 

For the most up-to-date information on Florida's Deepwater Horizon response, as well as health and safety tips, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon and see the latest State Emergency Response Team Situation Report.

Deepwater Horizon Response Day 90
Deepwater Horizon Public Information Resources and Hotlines

07/27/10 - Florida Deepwater Horizon Response Update Day 89

Under the leadership of Governor Charlie Crist, the State Emergency Response Team and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are actively coordinating and responding to the Deepwater Horizon incident.

Please see Deepwater Horizon Response Day 89 for details providing a summary of state and BP response actions to date, as well as tips for residents and visitors to take precautions both pre and post-landfall. 

For the most up-to-date information on Florida's Deepwater Horizon response, as well as health and safety tips, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon and see the latest State Emergency Response Team Situation Report.

Deepwater Horizon Response Day 89
Deepwater Horizon Public Information Resources and Hotlines

07/26/10 - Florida Deepwater Horizon Response Update Day 88

Under the leadership of Governor Charlie Crist, the State Emergency Response Team and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are actively coordinating and responding to the Deepwater Horizon incident.

Please see Deepwater Horizon Response Day 88 for details providing a summary of state and BP response actions to date, as well as tips for residents and visitors to take precautions both pre and post-landfall. 

For the most up-to-date information on Florida's Deepwater Horizon response, as well as health and safety tips, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon and see the latest State Emergency Response Team Situation Report.

Deepwater Horizon Response Day 88
Deepwater Horizon Public Information Resources and Hotlines

07/23/10 - Florida Deepwater Horizon Response Update Day 85

Under the leadership of Governor Charlie Crist, the State Emergency Response Team and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are actively coordinating and responding to the Deepwater Horizon incident.

Please see Deepwater Horizon Response Day 85 for details providing a summary of state and BP response actions to date, as well as tips for residents and visitors to take precautions both pre and post-landfall. 

For the most up-to-date information on Florida's Deepwater Horizon response, as well as health and safety tips, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon and see the latest State Emergency Response Team Situation Report.

Deepwater Horizon Response Day 85
Deepwater Horizon Public Information Resources and Hotlines

07/21/10 - Florida Emergency Response Officials Announce Temporary Removal Of Supplemental Boom Due To Potential Tropical Activity In The Gulf

boom imageThe State Emergency Response Team, in coordination with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), today announced the removal of supplemental Tier 3 boom within the next 72 to 96 hours in the Panhandle counties. The removal is in light of the potential tropical activity in the Gulf of Mexico.

“During a tropical storm boom can cause additional damage to the natural resources that we are trying to protect from oil spill impacts,” said DEP Secretary Michael W. Sole. “Given the current oil spill trajectories and the tropical activity in the Gulf of Mexico we think this is the best decision for Florida’s communities.”

Florida Emergency Response Officials Announce Temporary Removal Of Supplemental Boom Due To Potential Tropical Activity In The Gulf Release

Florida Deepwater Horizon Response Update Day 84

Under the leadership of Governor Charlie Crist, the State Emergency Response Team and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are actively coordinating and responding to the Deepwater Horizon incident.

Please see Deepwater Horizon Response Day 84 for details providing a summary of state and BP response actions to date, as well as tips for residents and visitors to take precautions both pre and post-landfall. 

For the most up-to-date information on Florida's Deepwater Horizon response, as well as health and safety tips, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon and see the latest State Emergency Response Team Situation Report.

Deepwater Horizon Response Day 84
Deepwater Horizon Public Information Resources and Hotlines

07/21/10 - Florida Deepwater Horizon Response Update Day 83

Under the leadership of Governor Charlie Crist, the State Emergency Response Team and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are actively coordinating and responding to the Deepwater Horizon incident.

Please see Deepwater Horizon Response Day 83 for details providing a summary of state and BP response actions to date, as well as tips for residents and visitors to take precautions both pre and post-landfall. 

For the most up-to-date information on Florida's Deepwater Horizon response, as well as health and safety tips, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon and see the latest State Emergency Response Team Situation Report.

Deepwater Horizon Response Day 83
Deepwater Horizon Public Information Resources and Hotlines

07/20/10 - Florida Deepwater Horizon Response Update Day 82

Under the leadership of Governor Charlie Crist, the State Emergency Response Team and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are actively coordinating and responding to the Deepwater Horizon incident.

Please see Deepwater Horizon Response Day 82 for details providing a summary of state and BP response actions to date, as well as tips for residents and visitors to take precautions both pre and post-landfall. 

For the most up-to-date information on Florida's Deepwater Horizon response, as well as health and safety tips, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon and see the latest State Emergency Response Team Situation Report.

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Deepwater Horizon Public Information Resources and Hotlines

07/07/10 - Governor Crist Applauds Opening of Florida's First Oil Spill Response Branch Office

~Branch office will allow federal, state and local government to streamline
response efforts
~

Governor Charlie Crist, continuing his commitment to recovery efforts in the Gulf of Mexico, on July 7th, attended the opening of Florida’s first branch office committed to oil spill response. The branch office, located in Pensacola to serve both Escambia and Santa Rosa counties, brings together federal, state and local agencies to streamline response efforts.

“The Escambia/Santa Rosa branch office is an important component in better responding to the needs of Florida communities following the BP oil spill,” said Governor Crist. “By bringing together all response entities in an impacted area, we will be able to more quickly deploy the necessary resources to cleanup and protect our coasts and communities.”

Governor Crist Applauds Opening of Florida's First Oil Spill Response Branch Office

07/19/10 - Florida Deepwater Horizon Response Update Day 81

Under the leadership of Governor Charlie Crist, the State Emergency Response Team and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are actively coordinating and responding to the Deepwater Horizon incident.

Please see Deepwater Horizon Response Day 81 for details providing a summary of state and BP response actions to date, as well as tips for residents and visitors to take precautions both pre and post-landfall. 

For the most up-to-date information on Florida's Deepwater Horizon response, as well as health and safety tips, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon and see the latest State Emergency Response Team Situation Report.

Deepwater Horizon Response Day 81
Deepwater Horizon Public Information Resources and Hotlines

07/08/10 - Florida Department Of Health Establishes Oil Impact Notice Guidance For Counties

In response to rapidly changing conditions along Florida’s beaches from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) in coordination with Gulf coast impacted counties has established new Oil Impact Notice guidance to provide beach visitors with health information when visiting Florida’s beaches. This replaces earlier guidance developed for issuing and rescinding health advisories along the coastline.

“The Florida Department of Health is committed to providing information to Floridians and visitors that allows them to make appropriate health decisions relating to the health impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill,” said State Surgeon General Ana Viamonte Ros, M.D., M.P.H. “Oil Impact Notices are a valuable resource for the general public to make decisions on whether to avoid entering beach waters, or continue to enjoy above high tide beach activities.”

DOH Establishes Oil Impact Notice Guidance For Counties
Oil Impact Notice

07/02/10 - Florida Oil Spill Information Line Now Available In Haitian Creole And Spanish

The Florida Oil Spill Information Line has now been activated in Haitian Creole and Spanish to serve as another resource providing Florida residents and visitors with up-to-date information on Florida's response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

In addition, residents and visitors may call the Florida Oil Spill Information Line for updates on the state's response activities, information on volunteer opportunities, protective tips for homeowners and businesses, and safety and health tips.

The Florida Oil Spill Information Line will continue to operate from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., seven days a week until further notice. The numbers are:

(888) 337-3569 English
(877) 955-8707 Haitian Creole
(877) 955-8773 Spanish
 (800) 955-8771 TDD
(800) 955-8770 Voice

Florida Oil Spill Information Line Now Available
In Haitian Creole And Spanish Release

07/16/10 - Florida Deepwater Horizon Response Update Day 77

Under the leadership of Governor Charlie Crist, the State Emergency Response Team and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are actively coordinating and responding to the Deepwater Horizon incident.

Please see Deepwater Horizon Response Day 77
for details providing a summary of state and BP response actions to date, as well as tips for residents and visitors to take precautions both pre and post-landfall. 

For the most up-to-date information on Florida's Deepwater Horizon response, as well as health and safety tips, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon and see the latest State Emergency Response Team Situation Report.

Deepwater Horizon Response Day 77
Deepwater Horizon Public Information Resources and Hotlines

07/15/10 -Florida Deepwater Horizon Response Update Day 76

 Under the leadership of Governor Charlie Crist, the State Emergency Response Team and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are actively coordinating and responding to the Deepwater Horizon incident.

Please see Deepwater Horizon Response Day 76
for details providing a summary of state and BP response actions to date, as well as tips for residents and visitors to take precautions both pre and post-landfall. 

For the most up-to-date information on Florida's Deepwater Horizon response, as well as health and safety tips, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon and see the latest State Emergency Response Team Situation Report.

Deepwater Horizon Response Day 76
Deepwater Horizon Public Information Resources and Hotlines


07/14/10 - Florida Deepwater Horizon Response Update Day 75

Under the leadership of Governor Charlie Crist, the State Emergency Response Team and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are actively coordinating and responding to the Deepwater Horizon incident.

Please see Deepwater Horizon Response Day 75
for details providing a summary of state and BP response actions to date, as well as tips for residents and visitors to take precautions both pre and post-landfall. 

For the most up-to-date information on Florida's Deepwater Horizon response, as well as health and safety tips, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon and see the latest State Emergency Response Team Situation Report.

Deepwater Horizon Response Day 75
Deepwater Horizon Public Information Resources and Hotlines

07/13/10 - Florida Deepwater Horizon Response Update Day 74

Under the leadership of Governor Charlie Crist, the State Emergency Response Team and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are actively coordinating and responding to the Deepwater Horizon incident.

Please see Deepwater Horizon Response Day 74
for details providing a summary of state and BP response actions to date, as well as tips for residents and visitors to take precautions both pre and post-landfall. 

For the most up-to-date information on Florida's Deepwater Horizon response, as well as health and safety tips, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon and see the latest State Emergency Response Team Situation Report.

Deepwater Horizon Response Day 74
Deepwater Horizon Public Information Resources and Hotlines

07/12/10 - Florida Deepwater Horizon Response Update Day 73

 Under the leadership of Governor Charlie Crist, the State Emergency Response Team and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are actively coordinating and responding to the Deepwater Horizon incident.

Please see Deepwater Horizon Response Day 73
for details providing a summary of state and BP response actions to date, as well as tips for residents and visitors to take precautions both pre and post-landfall. 

For the most up-to-date information on Florida's Deepwater Horizon response, as well as health and safety tips, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon and see the latest State Emergency Response Team Situation Report.

Deepwater Horizon Response Day 73
Deepwater Horizon Public Information Resources and Hotlines

07/11/10 - Florida Deepwater Horizon Response Update Day 72

Under the leadership of Governor Charlie Crist, the State Emergency Response Team and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are actively coordinating and responding to the Deepwater Horizon incident.

Please see Deepwater Horizon Response Day 72
for details providing a summary of state and BP response actions to date, as well as tips for residents and visitors to take precautions both pre and post-landfall. 

For the most up-to-date information on Florida's Deepwater Horizon response, as well as health and safety tips, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon and see the latest State Emergency Response Team Situation Report.

Deepwater Horizon Response Day 72
Deepwater Horizon Public Information Resources and Hotlines

07/10/10 - Florida Deepwater Horizon Response Update Day 71

Under the leadership of Governor Charlie Crist, the State Emergency Response Team and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are actively coordinating and responding to the Deepwater Horizon incident.

Please see Deepwater Horizon Response Day 71
for details providing a summary of state and BP response actions to date, as well as tips for residents and visitors to take precautions both pre and post-landfall. 

For the most up-to-date information on Florida's Deepwater Horizon response, as well as health and safety tips, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon and see the latest State Emergency Response Team Situation Report.

Deepwater Horizon Response Day 71
Deepwater Horizon Public Information Resources and Hotlines

07/09/10 - Florida Deepwater Horizon Response Update Day 70

 Under the leadership of Governor Charlie Crist, the State Emergency Response Team and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are actively coordinating and responding to the Deepwater Horizon incident.

Please see Deepwater Horizon Response Day 70
for details providing a summary of state and BP response actions to date, as well as tips for residents and visitors to take precautions both pre and post-landfall. 

For the most up-to-date information on Florida's Deepwater Horizon response, as well as health and safety tips, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon and see the latest State Emergency Response Team Situation Report.

Deepwater Horizon Response Day 70
Deepwater Horizon Public Information Resources and Hotlines

07/08/10 - Florida Deepwater Horizon Response Update Day 69

 Under the leadership of Governor Charlie Crist, the State Emergency Response Team and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are actively coordinating and responding to the Deepwater Horizon incident.

Please see Deepwater Horizon Response Day 69
for details providing a summary of state and BP response actions to date, as well as tips for residents and visitors to take precautions both pre and post-landfall. 

For the most up-to-date information on Florida's Deepwater Horizon response, as well as health and safety tips, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon and see the latest State Emergency Response Team Situation Report.

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Deepwater Horizon Public Information Resources and Hotlines

07/07/10 - Florida Deepwater Horizon Response Update Day 68

Under the leadership of Governor Charlie Crist, the State Emergency Response Team and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are actively coordinating and responding to the Deepwater Horizon incident.

Please see Deepwater Horizon Response Day 68 for details providing a summary of state and BP response actions to date, as well as tips for residents and visitors to take precautions both pre and post-landfall. 

For the most up-to-date information on Florida's Deepwater Horizon response, as well as health and safety tips, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon and see the latest State Emergency Response Team Situation Report.

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Deepwater Horizon Public Information Resources and Hotlines

07/04/10 - Statement From State Coordinating Officer David Halstead

~Regarding the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Statistical Modeling Study on the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill~

"The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released a report on July 2 modeling the historical wind and ocean currents to project the likelihood that surface oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill will impact additional U.S. coastline. While the report suggests there is a potential for oil impacts along the rest of Florida's coastline, it is vital that all of Florida's residents and visitors recognize that this report is based merely on a model, not an actual observation.

"I want to remind everyone that at this time, there has not been any confirmed oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Florida Straits. Based on the 500 scenarios on which the model is run, most scenarios assume that the Loop Current is fully connected and extends northward into the Gulf of Mexico, which would then serve as a mechanism to transport oil product south and east to the Florida Straits. At this time, there is a Loop Current Ring that is not attached to the main Loop Current channel in the Florida Straits and there is currently no strong evidence to support that this feature will reattach in the near future.

The State of Florida is aggressively monitoring the Deepwater Horizon impacts, utilizing air, water and land reconnaissance and is prepared to respond, should conditions change."

Statement From State Coordinating Officer David Halstead

07/06/10 - Florida Deepwater Horizon Response Update Day 67

Under the leadership of Governor Charlie Crist, the State Emergency Response Team and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are actively coordinating and responding to the Deepwater Horizon incident.

Please see Deepwater Horizon Response Day 67 for details providing a summary of state and BP response actions to date, as well as tips for residents and visitors to take precautions both pre and post-landfall. 

For the most up-to-date information on Florida's Deepwater Horizon response, as well as health and safety tips, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon and see the latest State Emergency Response Team Situation Report.

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Deepwater Horizon Public Information Resources and Hotlines

07/05/10 - Florida Deepwater Horizon Response Update Day 66

Under the leadership of Governor Charlie Crist, the State Emergency Response Team and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are actively coordinating and responding to the Deepwater Horizon incident.

Please see Deepwater Horizon Response Day 66
for details providing a summary of state and BP response actions to date, as well as tips for residents and visitors to take precautions both pre and post-landfall. 

For the most up-to-date information on Florida's Deepwater Horizon response, as well as health and safety tips, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon and see the latest State Emergency Response Team Situation Report.

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Deepwater Horizon Public Information Resources and Hotlines

07/04/10 - Florida Deepwater Horizon Response Update Day 65

Under the leadership of Governor Charlie Crist, the State Emergency Response Team and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are actively coordinating and responding to the Deepwater Horizon incident.

Please see Deepwater Horizon Response Day 65
for details providing a summary of state and BP response actions to date, as well as tips for residents and visitors to take precautions both pre and post-landfall. 

For the most up-to-date information on Florida's Deepwater Horizon response, as well as health and safety tips, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon and see the latest State Emergency Response Team Situation Report.

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Deepwater Horizon Public Information Resources and Hotlines

07/01/10 - Commissioner Bronson Extends The Apalachicola Bay Oyster Harvesting License Application Period

Florida Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Charles H. Bronson announced the extension of the licensing period for the Apalachicola Bay Oyster Harvesting License. This license (in addition to the Saltwater Products License) is required to commercially harvest oysters from the Apalachicola Bay System.

The July 1st action extends this year's licensing period through August 31, 2010, meaning that no late fee will be imposed until after that date.

Commissioner Bronson Extends The Apalachicola Bay Oyster Harvesting License Application Period Release

07/01/10 - Florida Announces Improved Oiled Bird Recovery Plan

~New response plan ensures quick recovery of oiled birds~

oiled birdThe Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) together with federal partners today announced the creation of an oiled bird recovery plan for rapid response to distressed birds. The recovery plan was created and approved by the Incident Command Sector Mobile, with assistance from impacted states, to ensure oiled birds are recovered within 60 minutes of their initial report. Under the plan, a Florida Panhandle Group will be established in Panama City to coordinate the rapid recovery and rescue of injured wildlife on Florida’s shores. 

“It is critical that trained personnel respond rapidly to reports of wildlife in distress due to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill,” said FWC Executive Director Nick Wiley. “We are hopeful that this new plan created in coordination with our federal partners will better protect Florida’s precious wildlife.”

Florida Announces Improved Oiled Bird Recovery Plan Release

07/03/10 - Florida Deepwater Horizon Response Update Day 64

Under the leadership of Governor Charlie Crist, the State Emergency Response Team and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are actively coordinating and responding to the Deepwater Horizon incident.

Please see Deepwater Horizon Response Day 64
for details providing a summary of state and BP response actions to date, as well as tips for residents and visitors to take precautions both pre and post-landfall. 

For the most up-to-date information on Florida's Deepwater Horizon response, as well as health and safety tips, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon and see the latest State Emergency Response Team Situation Report.

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Deepwater Horizon Public Information Resources and Hotlines

07/02/10 - Florida Deepwater Horizon Response Update Day 63

Under the leadership of Governor Charlie Crist, the State Emergency Response Team and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are actively coordinating and responding to the Deepwater Horizon incident.

Please see Deepwater Horizon Response Day 63
for details providing a summary of state and BP response actions to date, as well as tips for residents and visitors to take precautions both pre and post-landfall. 

For the most up-to-date information on Florida's Deepwater Horizon response, as well as health and safety tips, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon and see the latest State Emergency Response Team Situation Report.

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Deepwater Horizon Public Information Resources and Hotlines

07/01/10 - DEP Hosts Technology Review Event For Innovative Shoreline Cleanup

~Shoreline cleanup technologies evaluated by DEP officials~

Under the leadership of Governor Charlie Crist and continuing its commitment to recovery efforts in the Gulf of Mexico, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) hosted an innovative technology review event on June 30th. The event evaluated 10 different technologies that may offer additional capabilities to clean oil impacted beaches along Florida’s coastline. The companies that participated in the evaluation event utilize a wide range of technologies including absorbent powder, beach screening devices and surfactants, substances that reduce the thickness of liquid products to enable an easier cleanup.

“Today’s event served as a great way to evaluate solutions on actual impacts along Florida’s beaches,” said Florida Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Michael W. Sole. “We will continue to exhaust every tool to ensure the best possible outcome for Florida’s environment, economy and quality of life.”

DEP Hosts Technology Review Event For Innovative Shoreline Cleanup Release

06/30/10 - Governor Charlie Crist's Letter to Doug Suttles

Please find attached Governor Charlie Crist's letter to Doug Suttles, Chief Operating Officer for Exploration & Production for BP America Inc.  To assist business owners and families in counties affected by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, Governor Crist has requested an additional $50 million for the second round of a tourism marketing and advertising campaign.

Governor Charlie Crist's Letter to Doug Suttles Release

07/01/10 - Florida Deepwater Horizon Response Update Day 62

Under the leadership of Governor Charlie Crist, the State Emergency Response Team and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are actively coordinating and responding to the Deepwater Horizon incident.

Please see Deepwater Horizon Response Day 62
for details providing a summary of state and BP response actions to date, as well as tips for residents and visitors to take precautions both pre and post-landfall. 

For the most up-to-date information on Florida's Deepwater Horizon response, as well as health and safety tips, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon and see the latest State Emergency Response Team Situation Report.

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Deepwater Horizon Public Information Resources and Hotlines

06/30/10 - Florida Deepwater Horizon Response Update Day 61

Under the leadership of Governor Charlie Crist, the State Emergency Response Team and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are actively coordinating and responding to the Deepwater Horizon incident.

Please see Deepwater Horizon Response Day 61
for details providing a summary of state and BP response actions to date, as well as tips for residents and visitors to take precautions both pre and post-landfall. 

For the most up-to-date information on Florida's Deepwater Horizon response, as well as health and safety tips, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon and see the latest State Emergency Response Team Situation Report.

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Deepwater Horizon Public Information Resources and Hotlines

06/28/10 - Gulf Oil Spill Economic Recovery Task Force Meeting, June 30th

The Gulf Oil Spill Economic Recovery Task Force will meet on Wednesday, June 30, 2010, in Pensacola. The public is invited to attend.

Details for the meeting are as follows:

Date: Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. CDT
Location: The University of West Florida
Conference Center 11000, Building # 22
Address: 11000 University Parkway
Pensacola, Florida 32514

Gulf Oil Spill Economic Recovery Task Force Meeting Release

06/27/10 - Governor Crist Announces BP Funding For Innovative Technology Solutions For Protecting Panhandle Against Oil Impacts

~$500,000 will be used for two innovative solutions to protect Okaloosa County's most fragile natural resources from oil impacts ~

Governor Charlie Crist, continuing his commitment to recovery efforts in the Gulf of Mexico, on June 27th, Sunday, announced $500,000 in funding from BP for two innovative technology solutions for Okaloosa County. The funding will support two projects that have yet to be tried in protecting Florida from oil spill impacts.

"We must try every solution we can to confront the oil spill and its impacts to the Gulf of Mexico and our shores," said Governor Crist. "I appreciate BP and the United States Coast Guard's support for these technologies. We will continue to exhaust every tool to ensure the best possible outcome for Florida's environment, economy and quality of life."

Governor Crist Announces BP Funding For Innovative Technology Solutions For Protecting Panhandle Against Oil Impacts Release

06/29/10 - Florida Deepwater Horizon Response Update Day 60

Under the leadership of Governor Charlie Crist, the State Emergency Response Team and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are actively coordinating and responding to the Deepwater Horizon incident.

Please see Deepwater Horizon Response Day 60
for details providing a summary of state and BP response actions to date, as well as tips for residents and visitors to take precautions both pre and post-landfall. 

For the most up-to-date information on Florida's Deepwater Horizon response, as well as health and safety tips, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon and see the latest State Emergency Response Team Situation Report.

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Deepwater Horizon Public Information Resources and Hotlines

06/28/10 - Health Advisory Issued for Portion of Beach Due to Oil Spill

Effective immediately, in response to a report by the Escambia County Emergency Operations Center of extensive oil sheen, oil mousse and tar balls, the Escambia County (FL) Health Department is issuing a health advisory for the following beach waters in Escambia County, Florida, that have been affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

This is from the Pensacola Beach Fishing Pier west to the Pensacola Pass and includes Ft. Pickens.

Health Advisory Issued for Portion of Beach Due to Oil Spill Release

06/28/10 - Florida Deepwater Horizon Response Update Day 59

Under the leadership of Governor Charlie Crist, the State Emergency Response Team and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are actively coordinating and responding to the Deepwater Horizon incident.

Please see Deepwater Horizon Response Day 59 for details providing a summary of state and BP response actions to date, as well as tips for residents and visitors to take precautions both pre and post-landfall. 

For the most up-to-date information on Florida's Deepwater Horizon response, as well as health and safety tips, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon and see the latest State Emergency Response Team Situation Report.

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Deepwater Horizon Public Information Resources and Hotlines

06/23/10 - Governor Crist Joins Ocean Experts, Coast Guard in Pensacola to Assess Gulf Recovery Cleanup Progress

~Meets with Philippe Cousteau, joins Coast Guard Commander for aerial and shoreline inspection ~

Governor Charlie Crist, continuing his commitment to recovery efforts in the Gulf of Mexico, on June 23, Wednesday, joined oceanography experts in Pensacola for an aerial and shoreline tour of the oil spill. The Governor's visit included a meeting with Philippe Cousteau, a leading environmental advocate, and Dennis Takahashai-Kelso, who was the Alaska Commissioner of Environmental Conservation at the time of the Exxon Valdez spill.

" We must use every opportunity and every resource to confront the oil spill and its potentially devastating impact on our shores and families," said Governor Crist. "I am grateful for all of the people who have contributed to response efforts, but we must remain dedicated to improving on our successes and exhausting every tool to ensure the best possible outcome for Florida and the Gulf of Mexico. "

Governor Crist Joins Ocean Experts, Coast Guard in Pensacola to Assess Gulf Recovery Cleanup Progress

06/27/10 - Florida Deepwater Horizon Response Update Day 58

Under the leadership of Governor Charlie Crist, the State Emergency Response Team and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are actively coordinating and responding to the Deepwater Horizon incident.

Please see Deepwater Horizon Response Day 58 for details providing a summary of state and BP response actions to date, as well as tips for residents and visitors to take precautions both pre and post-landfall.  

For the most up-to-date information on Florida's Deepwater Horizon response, as well as health and safety tips, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon and see the latest State Emergency Response Team Situation Report .

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Deepwater Horizon Public Information Resources and Hotlines

06/26/10 - Florida Deepwater Horizon Response Update Day 57

Under the leadership of Governor Charlie Crist, the State Emergency Response Team and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are actively coordinating and responding to the Deepwater Horizon incident.

Please see Deepwater Horizon Response Day 57 for details providing a summary of state and BP response actions to date, as well as tips for residents and visitors to take precautions both pre and post-landfall. 

For the most up-to-date information on Florida's Deepwater Horizon response, as well as health and safety tips, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon and see the latest State Emergency Response Team Situation Report.

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Deepwater Horizon Public Information Resources and Hotlines

06/23/2010 - Governor Crist Joins Ocean Experts, Coast Guard in Pensacola to Assess Gulf Recovery Cleanup Progress

~Meets with Philippe Cousteau, joins Coast Guard Commander for aerial and shoreline inspection ~

Governor Charlie Crist, continuing his commitment to recovery efforts in the Gulf of Mexico, today joined oceanography experts in Pensacola for an aerial and shoreline tour of the oil spill. The Governor's visit included a meeting with Philippe Cousteau, a leading environmental advocate, and Dennis Takahashai-Kelso, who was the Alaska Commissioner of Environmental Conservation at the time of the Exxon Valdez spill.

"We must use every opportunity and every resource to confront the oil spill and its potentially devastating impact on our shores and families," said Governor Crist. "I am grateful for all of the people who have contributed to response efforts, but we must remain dedicated to improving on our successes and exhausting every tool to ensure the best possible outcome for Florida and the Gulf of Mexico."

Governor Crist Joins Ocean Experts, Coast Guard in Pensacola to Assess Gulf Recovery Cleanup Progress

06/25/10 - Florida Deepwater Horizon Response Update Day 56

Under the leadership of Governor Charlie Crist, the State Emergency Response Team and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are actively coordinating and responding to the Deepwater Horizon incident.

Please see Deepwater Horizon Response Day 56 for details providing a summary of state and BP response actions to date, as well as tips for residents and visitors to take precautions both pre and post-landfall. 

For the most up-to-date information on Florida's Deepwater Horizon response, as well as health and safety tips, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon and see the latest State Emergency Response Team Situation Report.

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Deepwater Horizon Public Information Resources and Hotlines

06/22/10 - Governor Charlie Crist's Letter to Doug Suttles

Please see the attached letter from Governor Charlie Crist to Doug Suttles, Chief Operating Officer of Exploration and Production for BP America Inc. Governor Crist requested the data needed to evaluate the claims process and measure the economic impact of the losses to all level of governments throughout Florida.

Governor Crist also asked Suttles to begin working with the Governor's legal office, Office of Policy and Budget and the Florida Department of Revenue to provide a complete electronic file of every business, individual, and government claim, to be updated weekly, with indications whether the claim has been approved, denied, or is still pending a decision.

Governor Charlie Crist's Letter to Doug Suttles

06/24/10 - Florida Deepwater Horizon Response Update Day 55

Under the leadership of Governor Charlie Crist, the State Emergency Response Team and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are actively coordinating and responding to the Deepwater Horizon incident.

Please see Deepwater Horizon Response Day 55 for details providing a summary of state and BP response actions to date, as well as tips for residents and visitors to take precautions both pre and post-landfall. 

For the most up-to-date information on Florida's Deepwater Horizon response, as well as health and safety tips, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon and see the latest State Emergency Response Team Situation Report.

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Deepwater Horizon Public Information Resources and Hotlines

06/17/10 - Governor Crist Launches Florida Gulf Recovery Jobs Website

Governor Charlie Crist unveiled Florida Gulf Recovery Jobs, a web site that allows job seekers to locate and apply for positions created in response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Florida Gulf Recovery Jobs, found at www.floridagulfrecoveryjobs.com, is a dedicated portal through Florida’s official online job bank, the Employ Florida Marketplace, currently listing more than 3,500 positions related to response and recovery efforts, with additional positions posted regularly.

“Immediate access to recovery-related job openings provides Floridians the opportunity to help our state while supporting their families and communities,” said Governor Crist. “Our beautiful Sunshine State remains open for business, and Florida Gulf Recovery Jobs is the latest example of our coordinated efforts to ensure preparedness and strengthen our economy.”

Governor Launches Florida Gulf Recovery Jobs Website

05/13/10 - Florida Oil Spill Information Line

~Information line to provide Florida residents and visitors
with information on Florida's Deepwater Horizon Response~

The Florida Oil Spill Information Line serves as another resource to provide Florida residents and visitors with up-to-date information on Florida's response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Residents and visitors may call the Florida Oil Spill Information Line for updates on the state's response activities, information on volunteer opportunities, protective tips for homeowners and businesses, and safety and health tips.

The Florida Oil Spill Information Line will operate from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., seven days a week until further notice. That number is:

1 (888) 337-3569

For more information on Florida's response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon, follow www.Twitter.com/FLDEPalert or call the Florida Oil Spill Information Line at 888-337-3569.

Florida Oil Spill Information Line

05/04/10 - Volunteer Florida Encourages Floridians To Become Coast Watch Volunteers In Response To The Deepwater Horizon Incident

~Coast Watch volunteers will serve as on-the-ground observers, reporting oiled wildlife, vegetation, and shorelines to the appropriate authorities~

Volunteer FloridaThe Governor's Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service (Volunteer Florida) is encouraging individuals who live along or are visiting coastal communities to watch for oiled wildlife, vegetation, and beaches by becoming a Coast Watch volunteer. Similar to the Crime Watch program, Coast Watch volunteers are community members who know the daily wildlife and plants that exist on their local beach. The "Coast Watchers" will assist BP, the state of Florida and partnering organizations in identifying beaches that need attention.

Coast Watchers will work within the coastal communities where they live or visit and commit to do the following:

  • Report injured or oiled animals to the Wildlife Distress Hotline: 1-866-557-1401
  • Report oiled shoreline to: 1-866-448-5816
  • Report a change in Air Quality to: http://www.epa.gov/bpspill/

Coast Watchers are not permitted to enter off-limit areas to obtain observations and must not make contact with oiled wildlife, vegetation, and beaches due the health concerns associated with contact.

For up-to-date volunteer opportunities regarding the oil spill, visit
www.volunteerflorida.org.

Volunteer Florida Encourages Floridians To Become Coast Watch Volunteers In Response To The Deepwater Horizon Incident

06/23/10 - Florida Deepwater Horizon Response Update Day 54

Under the leadership of Governor Charlie Crist, the State Emergency Response Team and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are actively coordinating and responding to the Deepwater Horizon incident.

Please see Deepwater Horizon Response Day 54 for details providing a summary of state and BP response actions to date, as well as tips for residents and visitors to take precautions both pre and post-landfall. 

For the most up-to-date information on Florida's Deepwater Horizon response, as well as health and safety tips, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon and see the latest State Emergency Response Team Situation Report.

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Deepwater Horizon Public Information Resources and Hotlines

06/18/10 - Governor's Executive Order Number 10-132

Please see the attached Executive Order 10-132, regarding an extension of Governor Charlie Crist's declaration of a State of Emergency in Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Bay, Gulf, Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson, Taylor, Dixie, Levy, Citrus, Hernando, Pasco, Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte, Lee, Collier, Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties due to the Deepwater Horizon Incident.

Executive Order Number 10-132

06/22/10 - Florida Deepwater Horizon Response Update Day 53

Under the leadership of Governor Charlie Crist, the State Emergency Response Team and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are actively coordinating and responding to the Deepwater Horizon incident.

Please see Deepwater Horizon Response Day 53 for details providing a summary of state and BP response actions to date, as well as tips for residents and visitors to take precautions both pre and post-landfall. 

For the most up-to-date information on Florida's Deepwater Horizon response, as well as health and safety tips, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon and see the latest State Emergency Response Team Situation Report.

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Deepwater Horizon Public Information Resources and Hotlines

06/18/10 - Health Officials Caution About Dehydration and Heat Exhaustion

It is summertime in Florida, and as volunteers assist with pre-oil impact beach debris cleanup activities and response workers help with cleanup efforts along the Gulf Coast, health officials ask everyone to be aware of the warning signs of heat exhaustion and dehydration. Please read more about heat exhaustion and dehydration.

Health Officials Caution About Dehydration and Heat Exhaustion Release

06/21/10 - Florida Deepwater Horizon Response Update Day 52

Under the leadership of Governor Charlie Crist, the State Emergency Response Team and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are actively coordinating and responding to the Deepwater Horizon incident.

Please see Deepwater Horizon Response Day 52 for details providing a summary of state and BP response actions to date, as well as tips for residents and visitors to take precautions both pre and post-landfall. 

For the most up-to-date information on Florida's Deepwater Horizon response, as well as health and safety tips, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon and see the latest State Emergency Response Team Situation Report.

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Deepwater Horizon Public Information Resources and Hotlines

06/20/10 - Florida Deepwater Horizon Response Update Day 51

Under the leadership of Governor Charlie Crist, the State Emergency Response Team and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are actively coordinating and responding to the Deepwater Horizon incident.

Please see Deepwater Horizon Response Day 51 for details providing a summary of state and BP response actions to date, as well as tips for residents and visitors to take precautions both pre and post-landfall. 

For the most up-to-date information on Florida's Deepwater Horizon response, as well as health and safety tips, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon and see the latest State Emergency Response Team Situation Report.

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Deepwater Horizon Public Information Resources and Hotlines

06/15/10 - Governor Crist Announces Free Fishing Weekend In Honor Of Father's Day

~ Fish statewide for saltwater species without a license on
Father's Day weekend, June 19-20~

Sailfish imageGovernor Charlie Crist today announced another free fishing weekend to encourage people, especially dads and their kids, to get out and catch saltwater fish along Florida's beautiful coastlines. The announcement follows a briefing on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill's impact to Florida waters with the President in Pensacola.  All Florida residents and visitors are invited to fish statewide for saltwater species without a license during the upcoming Father's Day weekend, June 19-20.  All other saltwater fishing rules continue to apply.

"Extending a special, free fishing weekend is another reminder that Florida is still the fishing capital of the world," said Governor Crist. "Our vast Gulf and Atlantic coastal waters are open for fishing, and I encourage everyone, particularly fathers and their families, to take advantage of this free fishing weekend in Florida."

Free Fishing Weekend In Honor Of Father's Day Release

06/19/10 - Florida Deepwater Horizon Response Update Day 50

Under the leadership of Governor Charlie Crist, the State Emergency Response Team and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are actively coordinating and responding to the Deepwater Horizon incident.

Please see Deepwater Horizon Response Day 50 for details providing a summary of state and BP response actions to date, as well as tips for residents and visitors to take precautions both pre and post-landfall. 

For the most up-to-date information on Florida's Deepwater Horizon response, as well as health and safety tips, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon and see the latest State Emergency Response Team Situation Report.

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Deepwater Horizon Public Information Resources and Hotlines

06/18/10 -Florida Deepwater Horizon Response Update Day 49

Under the leadership of Governor Charlie Crist, the State Emergency Response Team and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are actively coordinating and responding to the Deepwater Horizon incident.

Please see Deepwater Horizon Response Day 49 for details providing a summary of state and BP response actions to date, as well as tips for residents and visitors to take precautions both pre and post-landfall. 

For the most up-to-date information on Florida's Deepwater Horizon response, as well as health and safety tips, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon and see the latest State Emergency Response Team Situation Report.

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Deepwater Horizon Public Information Resources and Hotlines

06/13/10 - Oil Forces Partial Fishing Closure in Escambia County

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), in coordination with Florida's Department of Environmental Protection, the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services and the Department of Health, issued an executive order to temporarily close a portion of coastal state waters offshore of Escambia County to the harvest of saltwater fish, crabs and shrimp. The FWC is taking precautionary actions regarding harvest and consumption of these marine species, which may be affected by oil from the BP Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

The closure includes state waters from the beaches out 9 nautical miles into the Gulf from the Alabama line east to the Pensacola Beach water tower. Interior bays and estuaries remain open to fishing. This area covers approximately 23 miles of Florida's coastline in Escambia County, where oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill is now present.

Oil Forces Partial Fishing Closure in Escambia County

06/11/10 - Governor Crist Announces License Extensions, Early Bay Scallop Harvest Season for Florida's Fishers

~ Deadline for Fishers' license to purchase, transport or sell saltwater products extended, 2010 bay scallop season to begin early~

Continuing his commitment to assisting businesses and individuals impacted by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Governor Charlie Crist today announced seafood licenses set to expire on July 1, 2010, are extended and the 2010 recreational harvest season for bay scallops will open nearly two weeks early. 

“In an effort to continue alleviating the economic distress this oil spill is causing to Florida’s fishing community, we are proud to amend policies that will allow our fishers to capitalize on our clean and clear waters,” said Governor Crist, “Thankfully, our beaches are still clear, the fish are biting, and these measures will allow us to continue offering our neighbors and visitors delicious Florida seafood.”

Governor Announces License Extensions, Early Bay Scallop Harvest Season for Florida's Fishers Release

06/17/10 - Florida Deepwater Horizon Response Update Day 48

Under the leadership of Governor Charlie Crist, the State Emergency Response Team and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are actively coordinating and responding to the Deepwater Horizon incident.

Please see Deepwater Horizon Response Day 48 for details providing a summary of state and BP response actions to date, as well as tips for residents and visitors to take precautions both pre and post-landfall. 

For the most up-to-date information on Florida's Deepwater Horizon response, as well as health and safety tips, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon and see the latest State Emergency Response Team Situation Report.

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Deepwater Horizon Public Information Resources and Hotlines

06/16/10 - Florida Deepwater Horizon Response Update Day 47

Under the leadership of Governor Charlie Crist, the State Emergency Response Team and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are actively coordinating and responding to the Deepwater Horizon incident.

Please see Deepwater Horizon Response Day 47 for details providing a summary of state and BP response actions to date, as well as tips for residents and visitors to take precautions both pre and post-landfall. 

For the most up-to-date information on Florida's Deepwater Horizon response, as well as health and safety tips, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon and see the latest State Emergency Response Team Situation Report.

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Deepwater Horizon Public Information Resources and Hotlines

06/15/10 - Florida Deepwater Horizon Response Update Day 46

Under the leadership of Governor Charlie Crist, the State Emergency Response Team and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are actively coordinating and responding to the Deepwater Horizon incident.

Please see Deepwater Horizon Response Day 46 for details providing a summary of state and BP response actions to date, as well as tips for residents and visitors to take precautions both pre and post-landfall. 

For the most up-to-date information on Florida's Deepwater Horizon response, as well as health and safety tips, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon and see the latest State Emergency Response Team Situation Report.

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Deepwater Horizon Public Information Resources and Hotlines

06/10/10 - Governor Crist Announces Additional Funding From BP For Gulf Recovery Response Efforts

~$25-million block grant to provide for state preparation and response costs ~

On Thursday, Governor Charlie Crist signed a memorandum of understanding with BP, committing an additional $25-million block grant for state preparation and response costs to combat the impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The grant follows Governor Crist's June 3rd request for additional funding from BP to support recovery efforts.

"This additional funding will continue Florida's efforts to respond in a timely manner to guard our shores and natural resources from the potential impacts of this disaster," Governor Crist said. "Our state team continues to work daily to protect our beaches and the health and well-being of our residents and visitors."

Governor Announces Additional Funding From BP For
Gulf Recovery Response Efforts Release

06/10/10 - FWC Schedules Meeting On Pensacola Beach June 15 Concerning Oil Spill

Commissioners with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) will be in Pensacola Beach Tuesday, June 15, to hear from people with fish and wildlife concerns related to the ongoing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

The informal meeting will be held from 5-7 p.m. (CDT) at the Hilton Pensacola Beach Gulf Front Hotel, 12 Via de Luna Dr., Pensacola Beach.

FWC Schedules Meeting on Pensacola Beach Concerning Oil Spill Release

06/14/10 - Florida Deepwater Horizon Response Update Day 45

Under the leadership of Governor Charlie Crist, the State Emergency Response Team and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are actively coordinating and responding to the Deepwater Horizon incident.

Please see Deepwater Horizon Response Day 45 for details providing a summary of state and BP response actions to date, as well as tips for residents and visitors to take precautions both pre and post-landfall. 

For the most up-to-date information on Florida's Deepwater Horizon response, as well as health and safety tips, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon and see the latest State Emergency Response Team Situation Report.

Deepwater Horizon Response Day 45
Deepwater Horizon Public Information Resources and Hotlines

06/13/10 - Florida Deepwater Horizon Response Update Day 44

Under the leadership of Governor Charlie Crist, the State Emergency Response Team and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are actively coordinating and responding to the Deepwater Horizon incident.

Please see Deepwater Horizon Response Day 44 for details providing a summary of state and BP response actions to date, as well as tips for residents and visitors to take precautions both pre and post-landfall. 

For the most up-to-date information on Florida's Deepwater Horizon response, as well as health and safety tips, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon and see the latest State Emergency Response Team Situation Report.

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Deepwater Horizon Public Information Resources and Hotlines

06/09/10 - Hotline Provides Consumers With Latest Information About Florida Seafood Availability

Seafood lovers who are confused about the availability of Florida seafood products due to the Gulf oil spill can now get daily updates about the ongoing commercial harvest. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services has implemented a new toll-free hotline at 1-800-357-4273 to provide consumers with current information about the status of Florida's open and closed fishing harvest areas, the availability of seafood varieties, and general pricing information.

Florida Seafood Availabilty Hotline For Latest Information Release

06/08/10 - Governor Crist Announces Proactive Reconnaissance Measures to Protect Florida's Beaches

~~State assets search daily by air, land and sea from
sunup to sundown
~~

NW Recon Map imageGovernor Charlie Crist today announced that the State of Florida is taking additional proactive measures to ensure the quick and timely discovery of oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Reconnaissance missions are being coordinated daily from the State Emergency Operations Center in Tallahassee using air, land, and sea assets from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), the Florida Civil Air Patrol, and the Florida National Guard.

"While we acknowledge that the Coast Guard and BP, as the responsible party, are in charge of the response to this oil spill, I have asked our state team to use all available assets to proactively evaluate the potential areas of impact by air, land and sea," said Governor Crist. "We have a responsibility to our residents, businesses and visitors to exhaust all possible avenues and to work to avoid the tragic scenes we have seen along the coastline in Louisiana. This level of response can be done only by using these aggressive reconnaissance methods from first light each day until dark. I want to thank the members of our state team for their dedication to this mission on behalf of all Floridians."

Governor Crist Announces Proactive Reconnaissance Measures to
Protect Florida's Beaches Release

06/12/10 - Florida Deepwater Horizon Response Update Day 43

Under the leadership of Governor Charlie Crist, the State Emergency Response Team and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are actively coordinating and responding to the Deepwater Horizon incident.

Please see Deepwater Horizon Response Day 43 for details providing a summary of state and BP response actions to date, as well as tips for residents and visitors to take precautions both pre and post-landfall. 

For the most up-to-date information on Florida's Deepwater Horizon response, as well as health and safety tips, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon and see the latest State Emergency Response Team Situation Report.

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Deepwater Horizon Public Information Resources and Hotlines

06/11/10 - Florida Deepwater Horizon Response Update Day 42

Under the leadership of Governor Charlie Crist, the State Emergency Response Team and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are actively coordinating and responding to the Deepwater Horizon incident.

Please see Deepwater Horizon Response Day 42 for details providing a summary of state and BP response actions to date, as well as tips for residents and visitors to take precautions both pre and post-landfall. 

For the most up-to-date information on Florida's Deepwater Horizon response, as well as health and safety tips, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon and see the latest State Emergency Response Team Situation Report.

Deepwater Horizon Response Day 42
Deepwater Horizon Public Information Resources and Hotlines

06/10/10 - Florida Deepwater Horizon Response Update Day 41

Under the leadership of Governor Charlie Crist, the State Emergency Response Team and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are actively coordinating and responding to the Deepwater Horizon incident.

Please see Deepwater Horizon Response Day 41 for details providing a summary of state and BP response actions to date, as well as tips for residents and visitors to take precautions both pre and post-landfall. 

For the most up-to-date information on Florida's Deepwater Horizon response, as well as health and safety tips, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon and see the latest State Emergency Response Team Situation Report.

Deepwater Horizon Response Day 41
Deepwater Horizon Public Information Resources and Hotlines

06/08/10 - Florida Department of Health Offers Important Health Information Regarding Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

~Floridians and visitors reminded to avoid contact with
tar and oiled debris
~

As part of Florida’s ongoing efforts to help ensure the health and safety of individuals regarding the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the Florida Department of Health (DOH) is reminding Florida’s residents and visitors to avoid contact with oil products such as tar balls and tar mats.

“At this time, there are no indications of health risks to Florida residents and visitors due to the Deepwater Horizon incident,” said State Surgeon General Ana Viamonte Ros, M.D., M.P.H. “DOH and DEP are closely monitoring health and environmental impacts to Florida and county health departments will issue an advisory if conditions become unsafe.”

DOH Offers Important Health Information Regarding
Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Release

06/07/10 - Governor Crist Activates Emergency Bridge Loan Program for Businesses Affected by Gulf Oil Spill

~Program provides $5 million in short-term funds to help small businesses in designated impact counties~

In an effort to assist businesses impacted by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Governor Charlie Crist today activated Florida’s Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program, which will provide emergency, short-term loans to established small businesses in the designated counties of Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Bay, Gulf, Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson, Taylor, Dixie, Levy, Citrus, Hernando, Pasco, Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte, Lee, Collier, Monroe, Dade, Broward and Palm Beach.

“Though BP may be the responsible party, we will continue to help ourselves by being proactive in supporting Florida businesses and families,” said Governor Crist. “Providing a much-needed source of financial relief to our businesses will help secure Florida’s future economy.”

Applications for businesses will be available Monday, June 14, 2010. To receive an application or more information on the program, please contact the Governor’s Office of Tourism, Trade, and Economic Development at (850) 487-2568, or the Florida First Capital Finance Corporation (http://www.ffcfc.com) at (850) 681-3601.

Governor Crist Activates Emergency Bridge Loan Program for Businesses Affected by Gulf Oil Spill Release

06/09/10 - Florida Deepwater Horizon Response Update Day 40

Under the leadership of Governor Charlie Crist, the State Emergency Response Team and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are actively coordinating and responding to the Deepwater Horizon incident.

Please see Deepwater Horizon Response Day 40 for details providing a summary of state and BP response actions to date, as well as tips for residents and visitors to take precautions both pre and post-landfall. 

For the most up-to-date information on Florida’s Deepwater Horizon response, as well as health and safety tips, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon and see the latest State Emergency Response Team Situation Report.

Deepwater Horizon Response Day 40
Deepwater Horizon Public Information Resources and Hotlines

06/08/10 - Governor Crist Activates Emergency Bridge Loan Program for Businesses Affected by Gulf Oil Spill

~Program provides $5 million in short-term funds to help small businesses in designated impact counties~

In an effort to assist businesses impacted by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Governor Charlie Crist today activated Florida’s Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program, which will provide emergency, short-term loans to established small businesses in the designated counties of Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Bay, Gulf, Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson, Taylor, Dixie, Levy, Citrus, Hernando, Pasco, Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte, Lee, Collier, Monroe, Dade, Broward and Palm Beach.

“Though BP may be the responsible party, we will continue to help ourselves by being proactive in supporting Florida businesses and families,” said Governor Crist. “Providing a much-needed source of financial relief to our businesses will help secure Florida’s future economy.”

Applications for businesses will be available Monday, June 14, 2010. To receive an application or more information on the program, please contact the Governor’s Office of Tourism, Trade, and Economic Development at (850) 487-2568, or the Florida First Capital Finance Corporation (http://www.ffcfc.com) at (850) 681-3601.

Governor Crist Activates Emergency Bridge Loan Program for Businesses Affected by Gulf Oil Spill Release

06/07/10- -Governor Crist Activates Emergency Bridge Loan Program for Businesses Affected by Gulf Oil Spill

~Program provides $5 million in short-term funds to help small businesses in designated impact counties~

In an effort to assist businesses impacted by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, Governor Charlie Crist today activated Florida’s Small Business Emergency Bridge Loan Program, which will provide emergency, short-term loans to established small businesses in the designated counties of Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Bay, Gulf, Franklin, Wakulla, Jefferson, Taylor, Dixie, Levy, Citrus, Hernando, Pasco, Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte, Lee, Collier, Monroe, Dade, Broward and Palm Beach.

“Though BP may be the responsible party, we will continue to help ourselves by being proactive in supporting Florida businesses and families,” said Governor Crist. “Providing a much-needed source of financial relief to our businesses will help secure Florida’s future economy.”

Applications for businesses will be available Monday, June 14, 2010. To receive an application or more information on the program, please contact the Governor’s Office of Tourism, Trade, and Economic Development at (850) 487-2568, or the Florida First Capital Finance Corporation (http://www.ffcfc.com) at (850) 681-3601.

Governor Crist Activates Emergency Bridge Loan Program for Businesses Affected by Gulf Oil Spill Release

06/07/10 - Gulf Oil Spill Economic Recovery Task Force to Meet in Tallahassee

The Gulf Oil Spill Economic Recovery Task Force will hold a meeting on Wednesday, June 9, 2010. Created by Executive Order 10-101, the Task Force will facilitate efforts by Florida businesses and industries in recovering from lost business and revenues due to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

“The immediate mission of the task force is to protect the economic security of the businesses and families in the coastal counties impacted by this unfortunate incident. They are our highest priority,” said Governor Crist. “Task force members bring together the experience and expertise that will help us put in place measures that essential to the economic recovery of the Sunshine State.”

The Gulf Oil Spill Economic Recovery Task Force will work with BP and state agencies to assess the economic impact of the oil spill and secure financial assistance as needed. The members are committed to ensuring the livelihood of Florida’s tourism and seafood industries, as well as other affected coastal businesses.

Gulf Oil Spill Economic Recovery Task Force to Meet in Tallahassee Release

06/08/10 - Florida Deepwater Horizon Response Update Day 39

Under the leadership of Governor Charlie Crist, the State Emergency Response Team and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are actively coordinating and responding to the Deepwater Horizon incident.

Please see Deepwater Horizon Response Day 39 for details providing a summary of state and BP response actions to date, as well as tips for residents and visitors to take precautions both pre and post-landfall. 

For the most up-to-date information on Florida’s Deepwater Horizon response, as well as health and safety tips, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon and see the latest State Emergency Response Team Situation Report.

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Deepwater Horizon Public Information Resources and Hotlines

06/07/10 - Florida Deepwater Horizon Response Update Day 38

Under the leadership of Governor Charlie Crist, the State Emergency Response Team and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are actively coordinating and responding to the Deepwater Horizon incident.

Please see Deepwater Horizon Response Day 38 for details providing a summary of state and BP response actions to date, as well as tips for residents and visitors to take precautions both pre and post-landfall. 

For the most up-to-date information on Florida’s Deepwater Horizon response, as well as health and safety tips, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon and see the latest State Emergency Response Team Situation Report.

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Deepwater Horizon Public Information Resources and Hotlines

06/05/10 - Governor Crist Assesses Oil Impact to Coastline During Panhandle Visit

~Joined by Jimmy Buffett, Department of Environmental Protection and
Florida National Guard leadership
~

Governor Charlie Crist, continuing his commitment to recovery efforts in the Gulf of Mexico, today visited Pensacola Beach to evaluate the impact thus far of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on the coastline of the Florida Panhandle. The Governor participated in a Pensacola Beach shoreline and aerial inspection with Department of Environmental Protection Secretary Mike Sole, Major General Douglas Burnett of the Florida National Guard, and Gulf-Coast native and music legend Jimmy Buffett.

“We continue to closely and diligently monitor the shoreline and remain prepared to respond to any and all impacts we may be confronted with,” said Governor Crist. “I am proud and grateful for the efforts of our first responders, including the Departments of Environmental Protection and Emergency Management and the Florida National Guard, for their perseverance and dedication to ensuring Florida is ready.”

Governor Crist Assesses Oil Impact to Coastline During Panhandle Visit

06/05/10 - Volunteer Florida Thanks Volunteers For Immediate Response To The Oil Spill

The Governor’s Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service (Volunteer Florida) lauded the tremendous outpouring of volunteer support to prepare Florida’s coast for the imminent impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. To date, nearly 2,700 volunteers have served over 11,500 hours, and 135 miles of beaches have been cleaned.

In order to ensure the safety and health of participating volunteers, no volunteers can engage in any activity that involves direct contact of oil-contaminated materials. Trained, paid workers, including Qualified Community Responders hired from the local community and BP pre-approved contractors, will be the only responders allowed to handle oil-contaminated materials. Volunteers interested in supporting these efforts can get additional information at www.nwrawildlife.org.

Volunteer Florida Thanks Volunteers For Immediate Response To The Oil Spill

06/06/10 - Florida Deepwater Horizon Response Update Day 37

Under the leadership of Governor Charlie Crist, the State Emergency Response Team and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are actively coordinating and responding to the Deepwater Horizon incident.

Please see Deepwater Horizon Response Day 37 for details providing a summary of state and BP response actions to date, as well as tips for residents and visitors to take precautions both pre and post-landfall. 

For the most up-to-date information on Florida’s Deepwater Horizon response, as well as health and safety tips, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon and see the latest State Emergency Response Team Situation Report.

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Deepwater Horizon Public Information Resources and Hotlines

06/05/10 - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Opens 16,000 Square Miles of Fishing Closed Area in Gulf of Mexico

NOAA has opened more than 16,000 square miles of previously closed fishing area off the Florida coast. The most significant opening is a 13,653-square mile area just west of the Florida Keys and Dry Tortugas. It was initially closed on June 2 as a precaution because oil was projected to be within the area over the next 48 hours. However, the review of satellite imagery, radar and aerial data indicated that oil had not moved into the area.

Additionally, the agency closed a 2,275-square mile area off the Florida panhandle federal-state waterline, extending the northern boundary just east of the western edge of Choctawhatchee Bay.

This federal closure does not apply to any state waters. Closing fishing in these areas is a precautionary measure to ensure that seafood from the Gulf will remain safe for consumers.

NOAA Opens 16,000 Square Miles of Fishing Closed Area in Gulf of Mexico

06/05/10 - Fishing Advisory Issued for Escambia, Santa Rosa Okaloosa and Walton Counties

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) advises anglers and boaters in Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton counties in northwest Florida that oil from the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill could soon reach coastal waters of these counties. Oil spill trajectory projections conducted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) indicate that these areas could experience some amount of oiling in the next 72 hours, but these projections carry a certain degree of uncertainty.

In addition to the NOAA projections, the FWC is conducting airborne and waterborne surveillance to definitively establish oil presence and extent to guide management actions. In the interim, FWC cautions people to avoid any oil they might encounter on the water while fishing or boating.

Fishing Advisory Issued for Escambia, Santa Rosa Okaloosa and Walton Counties

06/05/10 - State Announces Extra Harvesting Day for Apalachicola Oysters

Florida Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Charles H. Bronson and Chairman Rodney Barreto of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) announced Friday that the summer oyster harvesting areas in the Apalachicola Bay System will now include harvest on Saturdays, giving fishermen six days of harvesting per week.

State Announces Extra Harvesting Day for Apalachicola Oysters

06/05/10 - Florida Deepwater Horizon Response Update Day 36

Under the leadership of Governor Charlie Crist, the State Emergency Response Team and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are actively coordinating and responding to the Deepwater Horizon incident.

Please see Deepwater Horizon Response Day 36 for details providing a summary of state and BP response actions to date, as well as tips for residents and visitors to take precautions both pre and post-landfall. 

For the most up-to-date information on Florida’s Deepwater Horizon response, as well as health and safety tips, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon and see the latest State Emergency Response Team Situation Report.

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Deepwater Horizon Public Information Resources and Hotlines

06/04/10 - Florida Deepwater Horizon Response Update Day 35

Under the leadership of Governor Charlie Crist, the State Emergency Response Team and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are actively coordinating and responding to the Deepwater Horizon incident.

Please see Deepwater Horizon Response Day 35 for details providing a summary of state and BP response actions to date, as well as tips for residents and visitors to take precautions both pre and post-landfall. 

For the most up-to-date information on Florida’s Deepwater Horizon response, as well as health and safety tips, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon and see the latest State Emergency Response Team Situation Report.

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Deepwater Horizon Public Information Resources and Hotlines

06/04/10 - Governor Charlie Crist's Letter to BP President Lamar McKay

A letter from Governor Charlie Crist to Lamar McKay, president of BP America, requestis $100 million to cover the costs of the critical and time sensitive response to threats from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill to Florida’s seabed, water column, surface and shoreline. The funds would support the efforts of the Florida Institute of Oceanography, a partnership of 21 universities and other marine science organizations throughout Florida.

Read Governor Crist's Letter To BP President

06/04/10 - Governor Crist’s Request For Fishery Failure Determination For Florida Granted By U.S. Department Of Commerce

~Fisherman and affected businesses can now qualify
for economic injury loans
~

Governor Charlie Crist, continuing his commitment to recovery efforts in the Gulf of Mexico, announced that his request for a Fishery Failure Determination for Florida has been granted by the United States Department of Commerce. The Governor made the request yesterday, based on the growing impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on fishing communities throughout the state.

“The quick response of the federal government to this request is a positive step towards protecting Florida’s hard-working citizens,” said Governor Crist. “We are continuing to keep a close watch on the oil spill and are prepared to respond to any impacts we may experience. Florida is still open and we encourage everyone to go fishing and enjoy Florida seafood products.”

Governor's Request for Fishery Failure Determination for Florida Granted by
U.S. Department of Commerce

06/03/10 - Letter To BP President From Governor Charlie Crist

A letter from Governor Charlie Crist to Lamar McKay, president of BP America, requests an additional $50 million to cover the costs of ongoing preparedness efforts and preparing additional miles of Florida’s coastline for the impacts of the oil’s imminent impact.

Read Governor Crist's Letter To BP President

06/03/10 - Florida Deepwater Horizon Response Update Day 34

Under the leadership of Governor Charlie Crist, the State Emergency Response Team and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are actively coordinating and responding to the Deepwater Horizon incident.

Please see Deepwater Horizon Response Day 34 for details providing a summary of state and BP response actions to date, as well as tips for residents and visitors to take precautions both pre and post-landfall. 

For the most up-to-date information on Florida’s Deepwater Horizon response, as well as health and safety tips, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon and see the latest State Emergency Response Team Situation Report.

Deepwater Horizon Response Day 34
Deepwater Horizon Public Information Resources and Hotlines

06/02/10 - Florida Deepwater Horizon Response Update Day 33

Under the leadership of Governor Charlie Crist, the State Emergency Response Team and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are actively coordinating and responding to the Deepwater Horizon incident.

Please see Deepwater Horizon Response Day 33 for details providing a summary of state and BP response actions to date, as well as tips for residents and visitors to take precautions both pre and post-landfall. 

For the most up-to-date information on Florida’s Deepwater Horizon response, as well as health and safety tips, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon and see the latest State Emergency Response Team Situation Report.

Deepwater Horizon Response Day 33
Deepwater Horizon Public Information Resources and Hotlines

06/01/10 - Florida Deepwater Horizon Response Update Day 32

Under the leadership of Governor Charlie Crist, the State Emergency Response Team and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are actively coordinating and responding to the Deepwater Horizon incident.

Please see Deepwater Horizon Response Day 32 for details providing a summary of state and BP response actions to date, as well as tips for residents and visitors to take precautions both pre and post-landfall. 

For the most up-to-date information on Florida’s Deepwater Horizon response, as well as health and safety tips, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon and see the latest State Emergency Response Team Situation Report.

Deepwater Horizon Response Day 32
Deepwater Horizon Public Information Resources and Hotlines

05/31/10 - Florida Deepwater Horizon Response Update Day 31

Under the leadership of Governor Charlie Crist, the State Emergency Response Team and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are actively coordinating and responding to the Deepwater Horizon incident.

Please see Deepwater Horizon Response Day 31 for details providing a summary of state and BP response actions to date, as well as tips for residents and visitors to take precautions both pre and post-landfall. 

For the most up-to-date information on Florida’s Deepwater Horizon response, as well as health and safety tips, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon and see the latest State Emergency Response Team Situation Report.

Deepwater Horizon Response Day 31
Deepwater Horizon Public Information Resources and Hotlines

05/30/10 - Florida Deepwater Horizon Response Update Day 30

Under the leadership of Governor Charlie Crist, the State Emergency Response Team and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are actively coordinating and responding to the Deepwater Horizon incident.

Please see Deepwater Horizon Response Day 30 for details providing a summary of state and BP response actions to date, as well as tips for residents and visitors to take precautions both pre and post-landfall. 

For the most up-to-date information on Florida’s Deepwater Horizon response, as well as health and safety tips, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon and see the latest State Emergency Response Team Situation Report.

Deepwater Horizon Response Day 30
Deepwater Horizon Public Information Resources and Hotlines

05/29/10 - Florida Deepwater Horizon Response Update Day 29

Under the leadership of Governor Charlie Crist, the State Emergency Response Team and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are actively coordinating and responding to the Deepwater Horizon incident.

Please see Deepwater Horizon Response Day 29 for details providing a summary of state and BP response actions to date, as well as tips for residents and visitors to take precautions both pre and post-landfall. 

For the most up-to-date information on Florida’s Deepwater Horizon response, as well as health and safety tips, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon and see the latest State Emergency Response Team Situation Report.

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Deepwater Horizon Public Information Resources and Hotlines

05/28/10 - Florida Deepwater Horizon Response Update Day 28

Under the leadership of Governor Charlie Crist, the State Emergency Response Team and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are actively coordinating and responding to the Deepwater Horizon incident.

Please see Deepwater Horizon Response Day 28 for details providing a summary of state and BP response actions to date, as well as tips for residents and visitors to take precautions both pre and post-landfall. 

For the most up-to-date information on Florida’s Deepwater Horizon response, as well as health and safety tips, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon and see the latest State Emergency Response Team Situation Report.

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Deepwater Horizon Public Information Resources and Hotlines

05/25/10 - Governor Crist Announces $25-Million Tourism Advertising Campaign Memorandum Of Understanding With BP

~ To help tourism industry in Panhandle first ~

Governor Charlie Crist today announced Florida has received $25 million from BP for VISIT FLORIDA and local tourist development councils to air a tourism marketing campaign with ads reflecting the accurate condition of Florida’s beaches. In addition, Governor Crist announced the finalization of a Memorandum of Understanding between the State of Florida and BP. Through a combination of live video-camera feeds, social marketing and television and online advertising, potential travelers will learn that Florida’s beaches and world-renowned fishing grounds are open for business and free from any affects from the Deepwater Horizon incident in the Gulf of Mexico. The campaign will focus first on the Panhandle region, and then on all coastal counties experiencing economic impact from the Deepwater Horizon event.

“Florida continues to be a great value for families, business travelers and international visitors seeking an enjoyable vacation experience. In spite of negative images and reports people may be hearing about Florida’s beaches and fishing grounds, this campaign will tell the world how they can see live images of Florida beaches and businesses,” Governor Crist said. “We will use BP’s resources as quickly as possible to target every city and region that support tourism destinations in the Panhandle, as well as national and international markets.”

Governor Announces $25-Million Tourism Advertising Campaign Release

05/18/10 - Governor Crist Offers Guidelines For Reporting Oil Spill Impacts In Florida

Florida Governor Charlie Crist encourages residents and visitors to report evidence of oil from the Deepwater Horizon incident along the state’s shores by calling the State Warning Point at 1-877-2-SAVE-FL (1-877-272-8335), or by dialing #DEP from a cell phone.

Impacts reported to the State Warning Point will be investigated by reconnaissance teams of trained individuals for verification. If oil impacts are found, a Shoreline Cleanup and Assessment Technique (SCAT) team will be sent out by Unified Command in Mobile in coordination with state and local government.

“Floridians and visitors can play an active role in minimizing any potential threats to Florida’s beautiful beaches and coastline by reporting the impact of oil,” said Governor Crist. “There are no oil impacts to our coasts at this time, but it is important that we be prepared and informed about what to look for and what impacts may be associated with the spill.”

Governor Offers Guidelines For Reporting Oil Spill Impacts In Florida
What Floridians Should Know About Reporting Oil

05/27/10 - Florida Deepwater Horizon Response Update Day 27

Under the leadership of Governor Charlie Crist, the State Emergency Response Team and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are actively coordinating and responding to the Deepwater Horizon response.

Please see Deepwater Horizon Response Day 27 for details providing a summary of state and BP response actions to date, as well as tips for residents and visitors to take precautions both pre and post-landfall. 

For the most up-to-date information on Florida’s Deepwater Horizon response, as well as health and safety tips, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon and see the latest State Emergency Response Team Situation Report.

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Deepwater Horizon Public Information Resources and Hotlines

05/21/10 - Governor’s Executive Order Number 10-106

The Executive Order 10-106 has been issued regarding an extension of Governor Charlie Crist’s declaration of a State of Emergency to Lee, Collier, Monroe, Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties due to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Executive Order 10-106

05/26/10 - Florida Deepwater Horizon Response Update Day 26

Under the leadership of Governor Charlie Crist, the State Emergency Response Team and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are actively coordinating and responding to the Deepwater Horizon response.

Please see Deepwater Horizon Response Day 26 for details providing a summary of state and BP response actions to date, as well as tips for residents and visitors to take precautions both pre and post-landfall. 

For the most up-to-date information on Florida’s Deepwater Horizon response, as well as health and safety tips, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon and see the latest State Emergency Response Team Situation Report.

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Deepwater Horizon Public Information Resources and Hotlines

05/25/10 - Florida Deepwater Horizon Response Update Day 25

Under the leadership of Governor Charlie Crist, the State Emergency Response Team and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are actively coordinating and responding to the Deepwater Horizon response.

Please see Deepwater Horizon Response Day 25 for details providing a summary of state and BP response actions to date, as well as tips for residents and visitors to take precautions both pre and post-landfall. 

For the most up-to-date information on Florida’s Deepwater Horizon response, as well as health and safety tips, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon and see the latest State Emergency Response Team Situation Report.

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Deepwater Horizon Public Information Resources and Hotlines

05/24/10 - Florida Deepwater Horizon Response Update Day 24

Under the leadership of Governor Charlie Crist, the State Emergency Response Team and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are actively coordinating and responding to the Deepwater Horizon response.

Please see Deepwater Horizon Response Day 24 for details providing a summary of state and BP response actions to date, as well as tips for residents and visitors to take precautions both pre and post-landfall. 

For the most up-to-date information on Florida’s Deepwater Horizon response, as well as health and safety tips, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon and see the latest State Emergency Response Team Situation Report.

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Deepwater Horizon Public Information Resources and Hotlines

05/23/10 - Florida Deepwater Horizon Response Update Day 23

Under the leadership of Governor Charlie Crist, the State Emergency Response Team and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are actively coordinating and responding to the Deepwater Horizon response.

Please see Deepwater Horizon Response Day 23 for details providing a summary of state and BP response actions to date, as well as tips for residents and visitors to take precautions both pre and post-landfall. 

For the most up-to-date information on Florida’s Deepwater Horizon response, as well as health and safety tips, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon and see the latest State Emergency Response Team Situation Report.

Deepwater Horizon Response Day 23
Deepwater Horizon Public Information Resources and Hotlines

05/21/10 - Florida Deepwater Horizon Response Update Day 21

Under the leadership of Governor Charlie Crist, the State Emergency Response Team and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are actively coordinating and responding to the Deepwater Horizon response.

Please see Deepwater Horizon Response Day 21 for details providing a summary of state and BP response actions to date, as well as tips for residents and visitors to take precautions both pre and post-landfall. 

For the most up-to-date information on Florida’s Deepwater Horizon response, as well as health and safety tips, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon and see the latest State Emergency Response Team Situation Report.

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Deepwater Horizon Public Information Resources and Hotlines

05/20/10 - Florida Deepwater Horizon Response Update Day 20

Under the leadership of Governor Charlie Crist, the State Emergency Response Team and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are actively coordinating and responding to the Deepwater Horizon response.

Please see Deepwater Horizon Response Day 20 for details providing a summary of state and BP response actions to date, as well as tips for residents and visitors to take precautions both pre and post-landfall. 

For the most up-to-date information on Florida’s Deepwater Horizon response, as well as health and safety tips, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon and see the latest State Emergency Response Team Situation Report.

Deepwater Horizon Response Day 20
Deepwater Horizon Public Information Resources and Hotlines

05/19/10 - Florida Deepwater Horizon Response Update Day 19

Under the leadership of Governor Charlie Crist, the State Emergency Response Team and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are actively coordinating and responding to the Deepwater Horizon response.

Please see Deepwater Horizon Response Day 19 for details providing a summary of state and BP response actions to date, as well as tips for residents and visitors to take precautions both pre and post-landfall. 

For the most up-to-date information on Florida’s Deepwater Horizon response, as well as health and safety tips, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon and see the latest State Emergency Response Team Situation Report.

Deepwater Horizon Response Day 19
Deepwater Horizon Public Information Resources and Hotlines

05/18/10 - Florida Deepwater Horizon Response Update Day 18

Under the leadership of Governor Charlie Crist, the State Emergency Response Team and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are actively coordinating and responding to the Deepwater Horizon response.

Please see Deepwater Horizon Response Day 18 for details providing a summary of state and BP response actions to date, as well as tips for residents and visitors to take precautions both pre and post-landfall. 

For the most up-to-date information on Florida’s Deepwater Horizon response, as well as health and safety tips, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon and see the latest State Emergency Response Team Situation Report.

Deepwater Horizon Response Day 18
Deepwater Horizon Public Information Resources and Hotlines

05/14/10 - FWC, NOAA To Increase Data Collection On Gulf Red Snapper To Address Oil Spill Impacts

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) and NOAA Fisheries Service are keeping a close eye on the BP oil spill. So far the only impacts off Florida’s coast have been in the form of fishing closures well offshore in federal waters where oil has been spotted. Fishing continues to be open in the vast majority of Gulf of Mexico waters.

With the approach of the June 1 opening of red snapper season, the FWC and NOAA Fisheries Service are working closely together to allow as much fishing as possible while being prepared for the possibility of impacts. In fact, preparations are under way to collect and analyze information on the number of fish harvested by charter boats in the Gulf more frequently.

FWC, NOAA To Increase Data Collection On Gulf Red Snapper Release

05/14/10 - Governor Crist Announces U.S. Small Business Administration Approval of Disaster Loan Programs for Gulf Coast Businesses

Governor Charlie Crist today announced that the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) has approved disaster loan funds for businesses along Florida’s Gulf coast that have been impacted by the Deepwater Horizon incident.

“I am extremely pleased and appreciative that the Small Business Administration quickly approved our request for a disaster declaration to help the impacted businesses along Florida’s coastline,” said Governor Crist. “Though Florida has experienced no actual environmental impacts from the Deepwater Horizon incident, tourism-dependent businesses and other industries have suffered from this disaster. Now these businesses will have access to low-interest loan programs to begin the recovery process and assist them through this rough period.”

U.S. Small Business Administration Approval of Disaster Loan Programs for Gulf Coast Businesses Release

05/13/10 - Governor Crist Announces Activation Of Florida Oil Spill Information Line

~Information line to provide Florida residents and visitors
with information on Florida’s Deepwater Horizon Response~

Governor Charlie Crist announced today the activation of the Florida Oil Spill Information Line which will serve as another resource to provide Florida residents and visitors with up-to-date information on Florida’s response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

“Florida’s coastlines have not yet been impacted by this oil spill,” said Governor Crist. “However, understanding the Floridians have a number of questions about the state’s ongoing response efforts, the Florida Oil Spill Information Line serves as an important resource for the latest information.”

In addition, residents and visitors may call the Florida Oil Spill Information Line for updates on the state’s response activities, information on volunteer opportunities, protective tips for homeowners and businesses, and safety and health tips.

The Florida Oil Spill Information Line will operate from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., seven days a week until further notice. That number is:

1 (888) 337-3569

For more information on Florida’s response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon, follow www.Twitter.com/FLDEPalert or call the Florida Oil Spill Information Line at 888-337-3569.

Florida Oil Spill Information Line

05/10 - Deepwater Horizon Response Information

Deepwater Horizon Response The Florida Oil Spill Information Lines serves as a resource to provide Florida residents and visitors with up-to-date information on Florida's response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The toll-free lines are available in English, Haitian Creole and Spanish to provide updates on the state's response activities, information on volunteer opportunities and protective tips.

The Florida Oil Spill Information Lines will operate from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., seven days a week until further notice. The numbers are:

1 (888) 337-3569

(888) 337-3569 (English)
(877) 955-8707 (Haitian Creole)
(877) 955-8773 (Spanish)
 (800) 955-8771 (TDD)
(800) 955-8770 (Voice
)


For more information on Florida's response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon , follow www.Twitter.com/FLDEPalert.

05/04/10 - Volunteer Florida Encourages Floridians To Become Coast Watch Volunteers In Response To The Deepwater Horizon Incident

~Coast Watch volunteers will serve as on-the-ground observers, reporting oiled wildlife, vegetation, and shorelines to the appropriate authorities~

Volunteer FloridaThe Governor’s Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service (Volunteer Florida) is encouraging individuals who live along or are visiting coastal communities to watch for oiled wildlife, vegetation, and beaches by becoming a Coast Watch volunteer. Similar to the Crime Watch program, Coast Watch volunteers are community members who know the daily wildlife and plants that exist on their local beach. The “Coast Watchers” will assist BP, the state of Florida and partnering organizations in identifying beaches that need attention.

Coast Watchers will work within the coastal communities where they live or visit and commit to do the following:

  • Report injured or oiled animals to the Wildlife Distress Hotline: 1-866-557-1401
  • Report oiled shoreline to: 1-866-448-5816
  • Report a change in Air Quality to: http://www.epa.gov/bpspill/

Coast Watchers are not permitted to enter off-limit areas to obtain observations and must not make contact with oiled wildlife, vegetation, and beaches due the health concerns associated with contact.

For up-to-date volunteer opportunities regarding the oil spill, visit
www.volunteerflorida.org.

Volunteer Florida Encourages Floridians To Become Coast Watch Volunteers In Response To The Deepwater Horizon Incident

05/17/10 - Florida Deepwater Horizon Response Update Day 17

Under the leadership of Governor Charlie Crist, the State Emergency Response Team and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are actively coordinating and responding to the Deepwater Horizon response.

Please see Deepwater Horizon Response Day 17 for details providing a summary of state and BP response actions to date, as well as tips for residents and visitors to take precautions both pre and post-landfall. 

For the most up-to-date information on Florida’s Deepwater Horizon response, as well as health and safety tips, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon and see the latest State Emergency Response Team Situation Report.

Deepwater Horizon Response Day 17
Deepwater Horizon Public Information Resources and Hotlines

05/16/10 - Florida Deepwater Horizon Response Update Day 16

Under the leadership of Governor Charlie Crist, the State Emergency Response Team and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are actively coordinating and responding to the Deepwater Horizon response.

Please see Deepwater Horizon Response Day 16 for details providing a summary of state and BP response actions to date, as well as tips for residents and visitors to take precautions both pre and post-landfall. 

For the most up-to-date information on Florida’s Deepwater Horizon response, as well as health and safety tips, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon and see the latest State Emergency Response Team Situation Report.

Deepwater Horizon Response Day 16
Deepwater Horizon Public Information Resources and Hotlines

05/15/10 - Florida Deepwater Horizon Response Update Day 15

Under the leadership of Governor Charlie Crist, the State Emergency Response Team and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are actively coordinating and responding to the Deepwater Horizon response.

Please see Deepwater Horizon Response Day 15 for details providing a summary of state and BP response actions to date, as well as tips for residents and visitors to take precautions both pre and post-landfall. 

For the most up-to-date information on Florida’s Deepwater Horizon response, as well as health and safety tips, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon and see the latest State Emergency Response Team Situation Report.

Deepwater Horizon Response Day 15
Deepwater Horizon Public Information Resources and Hotlines

05/14/10 - Florida Deepwater Horizon Response Update Day 14

Under the leadership of Governor Charlie Crist, the State Emergency Response Team and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are actively coordinating and responding to the Deepwater Horizon response.

Please see Deepwater Horizon Response Day 14 for details providing a summary of state and BP response actions to date, as well as tips for residents and visitors to take precautions both pre and post-landfall. 

For the most up-to-date information on Florida’s Deepwater Horizon response, as well as health and safety tips, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon and see the latest State Emergency Response Team Situation Report.

Deepwater Horizon Response Day 14
Deepwater Horizon Public Information Resources and Hotlines

05/12/10 - Governor Crist Highlights Oil Spill Response Efforts At VISIT FLORIDA Board Meeting

Continuing his focus on strengthening Florida’s economy, Governor Crist today attended the VISIT FLORIDA Board of Directors’ quarterly meeting to discuss the future of Florida tourism. In addition to recognizing the Board’s leadership role in coordinating tourism efforts, the Governor emphasized the need for heightened outreach to potential visitors following the recent oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Following his meeting with the board, Governor Crist requested $34.75 million from BP that will enable VISIT FLORIDA to create an immediate marketing campaign to counter the negative, widespread and false information potential visitors to Florida are receiving about the oil spill’s impact on Florida’s beaches and waters.

Governor Crist Highlights Oil Spill Response Efforts at
VISIT FLORIDA Board Meeting Release

Governor Crist's Letter To President, BP America

05/07/10 - Governor Crist Encourages Continued Enjoyment of Florida’s Pristine Beaches and Natural Areas

Florida's Pristine BeachesRecognizing the importance of Florida’s tourism industry to the state economy, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) as lead agency on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill response is coordinating closely with VISIT FLORIDA, the state’s official tourism marketing organization, to ensure visitors are aware they have access to accurate, real-time information for making informed travel planning decisions. Through www.VISITFLORIDA.com, vacationers are able to view live Twitter feeds and read up-to-the-minute information on the status of any city or region in Florida, allowing them to see first-hand whether or not an area is currently affected.

“At this time, Florida’s more than 1,200 miles of shoreline and 663 miles of beaches are open to normal water and beach activities, and VISIT FLORIDA continues to promote Florida as the number one travel destination in the world,” said Governor Charlie Crist. “Today, the message is that the entire state is open for business, and we invite travelers from around the world to come and enjoy the Sunshine State.”

Enjoy Florida's Pristine Beaches and Natural Areas

05/13/10 - Florida Deepwater Horizon Response Update Day 13

Under the leadership of Governor Charlie Crist, the State Emergency Response Team and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are actively coordinating and responding to the Deepwater Horizon response.

Please see Deepwater Horizon Response Day 13 for details providing a summary of state and BP response actions to date, as well as tips for residents and visitors to take precautions both pre and post-landfall. 

For the most up-to-date information on Florida’s Deepwater Horizon response, as well as health and safety tips, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon and see the latest State Emergency Response Team Situation Report.

Deepwater Horizon Response Day 13
Deepwater Horizon Public Information Resources and Hotlines

05/12/10 - Florida Deepwater Horizon Response Update Day 12

Under the leadership of Governor Charlie Crist, the State Emergency Response Team and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are actively coordinating and responding to the Deepwater Horizon response.

Please see Deepwater Horizon Response Day 12 for details providing a summary of state and BP response actions to date, as well as tips for residents and visitors to take precautions both pre and post-landfall. 

For the most up-to-date information on Florida’s Deepwater Horizon response, as well as health and safety tips, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon and see the latest State Emergency Response Team Situation Report.

Deepwater Horizon Response Day 12
Deepwater Horizon Public Information Resources and Hotlines

05/10/10 - State Offers Guidance For Protecting Florida’s Shoreline From Oil Spill Impacts

As part of the state’s ongoing efforts to monitor and prepare for any potential impact from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) in coordination with the State Emergency Operation Center (SEOC) is offering guidance for individuals, counties and local governments to protect their coastal communities.

“We have received numerous requests for permission to take proactive measures to protect Florida’s shoreline since the Deepwater Horizon crude oil release began in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20,” said DEP Secretary Michael W. Sole. “These supplemental efforts, in addition to the work being done by Unified Command, BP and state agencies, are important for preserving our precious beaches, and we want to ensure that all proactive measures are protective of Florida’s environment.”

For more information on Florida’s response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon or follow www.Twitter.com/FLDEPalert. In addition, the Florida Emergency Information Line, 1 (800) 342-3557, is in operation from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Guidance For Protecting Florida's Shoreline Release

05/10/10 - DOH Offers Important Health Information Regarding Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

As part of the Florida’s ongoing efforts to help ensure the health and safety of individuals regarding the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the Florida Department of Health (DOH) has developed a comprehensive list of frequently asked questions for the public.

“At this time, there are no indications of any health risks to Floridians due to the Deepwater Horizon incident,” said State Surgeon General Ana Viamonte Ros, M.D., M.P.H. “DOH and DEP are closely monitoring health and environmental impacts to Florida’s beaches and will issue an advisory if conditions become unsafe.”

To learn more about the potential health impacts and first aid measures regarding the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, download the frequently asked questions at: http://www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon/files/faq_doh_051010.pdf.

DOH Offers Important Health Information Release

05/11/10 - Florida Deepwater Horizon Response Update Day 11

Under the leadership of Governor Charlie Crist, the State Emergency Response Team and the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) are actively coordinating and responding to the Deepwater Horizon response.

Please see Deepwater Horizon Response Day 11 for details providing a summary of state and BP response actions to date, as well as tips for residents and visitors to take precautions both pre and post-landfall. 

For the most up-to-date information on Florida’s Deepwater Horizon response, as well as health and safety tips, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon and see the latest State Emergency Response Team Situation Report.

Deepwater Horizon Response Day 11
Deepwater Horizon Public Information Resources and Hotlines

05/10/10 - Florida Deepwater Horizon Response Update Day 10

The State Emergency Response Team, in support of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) as the lead response agency for the state of Florida, is actively monitoring the Deepwater Horizon response.

Please see Deepwater Horizon Response Day 10 for details providing a summary of state and BP response actions to date, as well as tips for residents and visitors to take precautions both pre and post-landfall. 

For the most up-to-date information on Florida’s Deepwater Horizon response, as well as health and safety tips, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon and see the latest State Emergency Response Team Situation Report.

Deepwater Horizon Response Day 10
Deepwater Horizon Public Information Resources and Hotlines

05/04/10 - Volunteer Florida Encourages Floridians To Become Coast Watch Volunteers In Response To The Deepwater Horizon Incident

~Coast Watch volunteers will serve as on-the-ground observers, reporting oiled wildlife, vegetation, and shorelines to the appropriate authorities~

Volunteer FloridaThe Governor’s Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service (Volunteer Florida) is encouraging individuals who live along or are visiting coastal communities to watch for oiled wildlife, vegetation, and beaches by becoming a Coast Watch volunteer. Similar to the Crime Watch program, Coast Watch volunteers are community members who know the daily wildlife and plants that exist on their local beach. The “Coast Watchers” will assist BP, the state of Florida and partnering organizations in identifying beaches that need attention.

Coast Watchers will work within the coastal communities where they live or visit and commit to do the following:

  • Report injured or oiled animals to the Wildlife Distress Hotline: 1-866-557-1401
  • Report oiled shoreline to: 1-866-448-5816
  • Report a change in Air Quality to: http://www.epa.gov/bpspill/

Coast Watchers are not permitted to enter off-limit areas to obtain observations and must not make contact with oiled wildlife, vegetation, and beaches due the health concerns associated with contact.

For up-to-date volunteer opportunities regarding the oil spill, visit
www.volunteerflorida.org.

Volunteer Florida Encourages Floridians To Become Coast Watch Volunteers In Response To The Deepwater Horizon Incident

05/03/2010 - Florida Emergency Information Line Activated In Response To Deepwater Horizon Incident

~Hotline provides Floridians information
regarding the Deepwater Horizon Response

The Florida State Emergency Information Line activated at 10 a.m. Eastern Standard Time on Monday, May 3 to provide Floridians a link to informational resources regarding the Deepwater Horizon response.

The Florida Emergency Information Line (FEIL) will operate from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. until further notice. The number for residents to call is:

800-342-3557

The State Emergency Operations Center in Tallahassee remains activated to a Level 2, or Partial activation, and emergency management officials are continuing to coordinate with local, state and federal partners to ensure Florida’s coastline is protected.

For the most up-to-date information on Florida’s Deepwater Horizon response, as well as health and safety tips, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon/

FEIL Activated for Deepwater Horizon Response Release

05/06/10 - Governor Charlie Crist's Letter to President Obama

Please see the letter from Governor Charlie Crist to President Barack Obama requesting a $50 million disaster National Emergency Grant from the United States Department of Labor as a part of Florida’s response plans to the Deepwater Horizon Incident.

For the most up-to-date information on Florida’s Deepwater Horizon response, as well as health and safety tips, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon and see the latest State Emergency Response Team Situation Report.

Letter From Governor Crist to President Obama

05/09/10 - Florida Deepwater Horizon Response Update Day 9

The State Emergency Response Team, in support of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) as the lead response agency for the state of Florida, is actively monitoring the Deepwater Horizon response.

Please see Deepwater Horizon Response Day 9 for details providing a summary of state and BP response actions to date, as well as tips for residents and visitors to take precautions both pre and post-landfall. 

For the most up-to-date information on Florida’s Deepwater Horizon response, as well as health and safety tips, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon and see the latest State Emergency Response Team Situation Report.

Deepwater Horizon Response Day 9
Deepwater Horizon Public Information Resources and Hotlines

05/08/10 - Florida Deepwater Horizon Response Update Day 8

The State Emergency Response Team, in support of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) as the lead response agency for the state of Florida, is actively monitoring the Deepwater Horizon response.

Please see Deepwater Horizon Response Day 8 for details providing a summary of state and BP response actions to date, as well as tips for residents and visitors to take precautions both pre and post-landfall. 

For the most up-to-date information on Florida’s Deepwater Horizon response, as well as health and safety tips, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon and see the latest State Emergency Response Team Situation Report.

Deepwater Horizon Response Day 8
Deepwater Horizon Public Information Resources and Hotlines

05/07/10 - Florida Deepwater Horizon Response Update Day 7

The State Emergency Response Team, in support of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) as the lead response agency for the state of Florida, is actively monitoring the Deepwater Horizon response.

Please see the Deepwater Horizon Response Update for public information resources and hotlines.

Also see Deepwater Horizon Response Day 7 for details providing a summary of state and BP response actions to date, as well as tips for residents and visitors to take precautions both pre and post-landfall. 

For the most up-to-date information on Florida’s Deepwater Horizon response, as well as health and safety tips, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon and see the latest State Emergency Response Team Situation Report.

Deepwater Horizon Update
Deepwater Horizon Response Day 7

05/07/10 - Deepwater Horizon Response Day 7

The State Emergency Response Team, in support of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) as the lead response agency for the state of Florida, is actively monitoring the Deepwater Horizon response.

Please see Deepwater Horizon Response Day 7 for details providing a summary of state and BP response actions to date, as well as tips for residents and visitors to take precautions both pre and post-landfall. 

For the most up-to-date information on Florida’s Deepwater Horizon response, as well as health and safety tips, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon and see the latest State Emergency Response Team Situation Report.

Deepwater Horizon Response Day 7

05/04/10 - Agencies Continue To Monitor Water Quality To Prevent Unnecessary Fishing Bans

State agencies in Florida as well as several federal agencies involved in the response to the Deepwater Horizon Incident in the Gulf of Mexico continue to conduct tests, including sampling of water, fish, shellfish and habitats along the Florida coastline and into the Gulf of Mexico. 

Officials with the Florida Department of Agriculture, Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission have indicated they have no intention of halting commercial and recreational fishing in Florida until there is evidence that the action is necessary.

“Florida seafood has not been impacted by this oil spill at all and is completely safe,” said Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Charles Bronson. “There is no reason to take any action at this point and numerous agencies continue to monitor the situation and take test samples and will ensure the integrity of any seafood product being sold.”

For the most up-to-date information on Florida’s Deepwater Horizon response, as well as health and safety tips, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon.

Agencies Continue To Monitor Water Quality To Prevent
Unnecessary Fishing Bans

05/04/10 - Governor Crist Announces BP’s Release of Funding For The Deepwater Horizon Response

~BP releases $25-million block grant to the State of Florida~

This morning Governor Charlie Crist confirmed the announcement by Doug Suttles, CEO of BP, that the State of Florida will receive a $25-million block grant for the initial state and local preparation and response costs for the Deepwater Horizon Response oil spill.

“We will use the block grant from BP to take proactive measures to help prevent the devastating impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill,” Governor Crist said. “We will continue to be vigilant and take every possible action to protect our beaches and the health and well-being of our residents and visitors.”

BP Release of Funding for Deepwater Horizon Response

05/06/10 - Deepwater Horizon Response Day 6

The State Emergency Response Team, in support of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) as the lead response agency for the state of Florida, is actively monitoring the Deepwater Horizon response.

Please see Deepwater Horizon Response Day 6 for details providing a summary of state and BP response actions to date, as well as tips for residents and visitors to take precautions both pre and post-landfall. 

For the most up-to-date information on Florida’s Deepwater Horizon response, as well as health and safety tips, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon and see the latest State Emergency Response Team Situation Report.

Deepwater Horizon Response Day 6

05/05/10 - Deepwater Horizon Response Day 5

The State Emergency Response Team, in support of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) as the lead response agency for the state of Florida, is actively monitoring the Deepwater Horizon response.

Please see Deepwater Horizon Response Day 5 for details providing a summary of state and BP response actions to date, as well as tips for residents and visitors to take precautions both pre and post-landfall. 

For the most up-to-date information on Florida’s Deepwater Horizon response, as well as health and safety tips, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon and see the latest State Emergency Response Team Situation Report.

Deepwater Horizon Response Day 5

05/03/10 - Deepwater Horizon Response Day 4

The State Emergency Response Team, in support of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) as the lead response agency for the state of Florida, is actively monitoring the Deepwater Horizon response. Currently, there are no impacts to the state projected through Wednesday; however, Florida continues to make preparations to safeguard the state’s shoreline.

Please see Deepwater Horizon Response Day 4 for details providing a summary of state and BP response actions to date, as well as tips for residents and visitors to take precautions both pre and post-landfall. 

For the most up-to-date information on Florida’s Deepwater Horizon response, as well as health and safety tips, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon and see the State Emergency Response Team Situation Report for Monday, May 3, 2010.

Deepwater Horizon Response Day 4
Executive Order 10-100

05/03/10 - Bronson Emphasizes Safety of Florida Seafood

Florida Agriculture and Consumer Services Commissioner Charles H. Bronson said today that seafood currently being harvested in Florida is safe and has not been impacted by the oil spill in the Gulf. He is concerned that misinformation about the conditions in the Gulf waters may unnecessarily impact the state’s seafood industry.

In response to the Deepwater Horizon Incident in the Gulf of Mexico, Bronson’s Division of Aquaculture is actively evaluating the latest reports from the official clearinghouse of information, www.deepwaterhorizonresponse.com and evaluating predictions of spill movement, weather patterns and projected landfall points.

For the most up-to-date information on Florida’s Deepwater Horizon response, as well as health and safety tips, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon.

Safety of Florida Seafood Release

05/02/10 - Deepwater Horizon Response Day 3

The State Emergency Response Team, in support of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) as the lead response agency for the state of Florida, is actively monitoring the Deepwater Horizon response. Currently, there are no impacts to the state projected through Wednesday; however, Florida continues to make preparations to safeguard the state’s shoreline.

Please see Deepwater Horizon Response Day 3 for details providing a summary of state and BP response actions to date, as well as tips for residents and visitors to take precautions both pre and post-landfall. 

For the most up-to-date information on Florida’s Deepwater Horizon response, as well as health and safety tips, visit www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon and see the State Emergency Response Team Situation Report for Sunday, May 2, 2010.

Deepwater Horizon Response Day 3

05/01/10 -Deepwater Horizon Response Day 2

The State Emergency Response Team in support of the Department of Environmental Protection as the lead response agency for the state of Florida is actively monitoring the Deepwater Horizon response. Currently, there are no projected impacts to the state of Florida through Monday, so residents and visitors may continue with weekend activities as scheduled. However, it is possible that some areas along the coast may see indications of oil residue. Should any resident or visitor experience these impacts, please refer to the recommended actions listed below.

Response efforts by the state of Florida to date include:

  • The State Emergency Operations Center has activated to a Level 2 or Partial activation.
  • Governor Charlie Crist has declared a state of emergency for the counties of Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Bay and Gulf.
  • The State Emergency Response Team has representatives at the Unified Command at the U.S. Coast Guard’s Sector Mobile, helping to coordinate the efforts to protect Florida’s shoreline.
  • The Florida Department of Environmental Protection, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), county governments, water management districts and several federal agencies are conducting pre-impact assessments, including sampling of water, fish, shellfish, and habitats along the Florida coastline and into the Gulf of Mexico.

Recommended environmental actions:

  • There are rapid response teams staged to deploy to shorelines affected by oil to evaluate and determine an appropriate clean-up effort to minimize the impact to the environment. To report any sightings of oil residue, please call BP’s oil report line at (866) 448-5816.
  • If any air quality changes are suspected, residents may report them at www.epa.gov/bpspill.
  • Residents and visitors concerned about Florida’s air quality may view an up-to-date map with pollutant concentrations at www.airnow.gov.
  • Individuals should not attempt to help injured or oiled animals, but to report any sightings to the following toll-free number: (866) 557-1401.

For more information, visit the Department of Environmental Protection Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.

Deepwater Horizon Response Day 2

04/30/10 - State Emergency Operations Center Activates To A Level 2 In Response To The Deepwater Horizon Incident

The State Emergency Operations Center in Tallahassee activated to a Level 2 or partial activation Friday, April 30, at 3:30 p.m. in response to the Deepwater Horizon incident that occurred off the coast of Louisiana on April 20.

“At this point, the latest NOAA trajectories do not indicate oil reaching Florida’s shores over the weekend, so residents’ and visitors’ weekend activities can proceed as planned,” said David Halstead, Director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management. “However, the State Emergency Response Team will closely monitor the situation through the weekend and will coordinate with federal, state and local partners to ensure Florida’s waters, beaches and coastal resources are protected.”

Though no impacts to Florida are anticipated through the weekend, Governor Charlie Crist has declared a state of emergency (Executive Order 10-99) for Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Bay and Gulf counties.

For more information, visit the Department of Environmental Protection Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.

EOC Activates to a Level 2 for Deepwater Horizon Incident Release
Executive Order 10-99

Update Reports - 04/30/2010 - 08/17/2010


08/17/2010 - Closed Shrimp-Harvesting Area in Escambia County Reopens
08/06/2010 - Florida's Response To The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Reaches Day 100 Release
08/06/2010 - Deepwater Horizon Response Day 99
08/05/2010 - Deepwater Horizon Response Day 98
08/04/2010 - Deepwater Horizon Response Day 97
08/03/2010 - Deepwater Horizon Response Day 96
08/02/2010 - Deepwater Horizon Response Day 95
07/31/2010 - Closed Harvesting Area in Escambia County Reopens Release
07/30/2010 - NOAA Announces Gulf Surface Oil Not A Threat To South Florida, Keys Or
East Coast Release

07/30/2010 - $7 Million BP Grant for Northwest Florida Tourism Marketing Release
07/30/2010 - Deepwater Horizon Response Day 92
07/29/2010 - Rightsizing Response Efforts To The Deepwater Horizon Incident Release
07/29/2010 - Deepwater Horizon Response Day 91
07/28/2010 - Deepwater Horizon Response Day 90
07/27/2010 - Deepwater Horizon Response Day 89
07/26/2010 - Deepwater Horizon Response Day 88
07/24/2010 - South Florida SBA Declaration
07/23/2010 - Deepwater Horizon Response Day 85
07/22/2010 - Governor Charlie Crist's Letter Regarding Fishing
07/22/2010 - Deepwater Horizon Response Day 84
07/22/2010 - Deepwater Horizon Response Day 83
07/21/2010 - Florida Emergency Response Officials Announce Temporary Removal Of Supplemental Boom Due To Potential Tropical Activity In The Gulf Release
07/21/2010 - Deepwater Horizon Response Day 82
07/20/2010 - Executive Order 10-169, Authorizing Interim Property Assessments
07/19/2010 - Deepwater Horizon Response Day 81
07/16/2010 - Deepwater Horizon Response Day 77
07/15/2010 - Deepwater Horizon Response Day 76
07/14/2010 - Deepwater Horizon Response Day 75
07/13/2010 - Deepwater Horizon Response Day 74
07/12/2010 - Deepwater Horizon Response Day 73
07/11/2010 - Deepwater Horizon Response Day 72
07/10/2010 - Deepwater Horizon Response Day 71
07/09/2010 - Deepwater Horizon Response Day 70
07/08/2010 - DOH Establishes Oil Impact Notice Guidance For Counties
07/08/2010 - Oil Impact Notice

07/08/2010 - Deepwater Horizon Response Day 69
07/07/2010 - Governor Crist Applauds Opening of Florida's First Oil Spill Response Branch Office
07/07/2010 - Deepwater Horizon Response Day 68
07/06/2010 - Deepwater Horizon Response Day 67
07/05/2010 - Deepwater Horizon Response Day 66
07/04/2010 - Statement From State Coordinating Officer David Halstead
07/04/2010 - Deepwater Horizon Response Day 65

07/03/2010 - Deepwater Horizon Response Day 64
07/02/2010 - Florida Oil Spill Information Line Now Available In Haitian Creole And Spanish Release
07/02/2010 - Deepwater Horizon Response Day 63

07/01/2010 - Commissioner Bronson Extends The Apalachicola Bay Oyster Harvesting License Application Period Release
07/01/2010 - Florida Announces Improved Oiled Bird Recovery Plan Release
07/01/2010 - DEP Hosts Technology Review Event For Innovative Shoreline Cleanup Release
07/01/2010 - Deepwater Horizon Response Day 62
06/30/2010 - Governor Charlie Crist's Letter to Doug Suttles Release
06/30/2010 - Deepwater Horizon Response Day 61
06/29/2010 - Deepwater Horizon Response Day 60
06/28/2010 - Gulf Oil Spill Economic Recovery Task Force Meeting Release
06/28/2010 - Deepwater Horizon Response Day 59
06/27/2010 - Governor Crist Announces BP Funding For Innovative Technology Solutions For Protecting Panhandle Against Oil Impacts Release
06/27/2010 - Deepwater Horizon Response Day 58
06/26/2010 - Deepwater Horizon Response Day 57
06/25/2010 - Deepwater Horizon Response Day 56
06/24/2010 - Deepwater Horizon Response Day 55
06/23/2010 - Health Advisory Issued for Portion of Beach Due to Oil Spill Release
06/23/2010 - Governor Crist Joins Ocean Experts, Coast Guard in Pensacola to Assess Gulf Recovery Cleanup Progress
06/23/2010 - Deepwater Horizon Response Day 54
06/22/2010 - Governor Charlie Crist's Letter to Doug Suttles
06/22/2010 - Deepwater Horizon Response Day 53
06/21/2010 - Deepwater Horizon Response Day 52
06/20/2010 - Deepwater Horizon Response Day 51
06/19/2010 - Deepwater Horizon Response Day 50
06/18/2010 - Executive Order Number 10-132
06/18/2010 - Health Officials Caution About Dehydration and Heat Exhaustion Release
06/18/2010 - Deepwater Horizon Response Day 49
06/17/2010 - Deepwater Horizon Response Day 48
06/16/2010 - Deepwater Horizon Response Day 47
06/15/2010 - Deepwater Horizon Response Day 46
06/14/2010 - Deepwater Horizon Response Day 45
06/13/2010 - Oil Forces Partial Fishing Closure in Escambia County
06/13/2010 - Deepwater Horizon Response Day 44
06/12/2010 - Deepwater Horizon Response Day 43
06/11/2010 - Governor Announces License Extensions, Early Bay Scallop Harvest Season for Florida's Fishers Release
06/11/2010 - Deepwater Horizon Response Day 42
06/10/2010 - Governor Announces Additional Funding From BP For Gulf Recovery Response Efforts
06/10/2010 - FWC Schedules Meeting on Pensacola Beach Concerning Oil Spill Release
06/10/2010 - Deepwater Horizon Response Day 41
06/09/2010 - Florida Seafood Availabilty Hotline For Latest Information Release
06/09/2010 - Deepwater Horizon Response Day 40
06/08/2010 - Governor Crist Announces Proactive Reconnaissance Measures to Protect Florida's Beaches Release
06/08/2010 - Governor Crist Activates Emergency Bridge Loan Program for Businesses Affected by Gulf Oil Spill Release
06/08/2010 - Deepwater Horizon Response Day 39
06/07/2010 -Governor Crist Activates Emergency Bridge Loan Program for Businesses Affected by Gulf Oil Spill Release
06/07/2010 - Gulf Oil Spill Economic Recovery Task Force to Meet in Tallahassee Release
06/07/2010 - Deepwater Horizon Response Day 38
06/05/2010 - Governor Crist Assesses Oil Impact to Coastline During Panhandle Visit
06/05/2010 - Volunteer Florida Thanks Volunteers For Immediate Response To The Oil Spill
06/06/2010 - Deepwater Horizon Response Day 37
06/05/2010 - NOAA Opens 16,000 Square Miles of Fishing Closed Area in Gulf of Mexico
06/05/2010 - Fishing Advisory Issued for Escambia, Santa Rosa Okaloosa and Walton Counties
06/05/2010 - State Announces Extra Harvesting Day for Apalachicola Oysters
06/05/2010 - Deepwater Horizon Response Day 36
06/04/2010 - Deepwater Horizon Response Day 35
06/04/2010 - Governor Crist's Letter To BP President
06/04/2010 - Governor's Request for Fishery Failure Determination for Florida Granted by
U.S. Department of Commerce

06/03/2010 - Read Governor Crist's Letter To BP President
06/03/2010 - Deepwater Horizon Response Day 34
06/02/2010 - Deepwater Horizon Response Day 33
06/01/2010 - Deepwater Horizon Response Day 32
05/31/2010 - Deepwater Horizon Response Day 31
05/30/2010 - Deepwater Horizon Response Day 30
05/29/2010 - Deepwater Horizon Response Day 29
05/28/2010 - Deepwater Horizon Response Day 28
05/27/2010 - Deepwater Horizon Response Day 27
05/26/2010 - Deepwater Horizon Response Day 26
05/25/2010 - Deepwater Horizon Response Day 25
05/25/2010 - Governor Announces $25-Million Tourism Advertising Campaign Release
05/24/2010 - Deepwater Horizon Response Day 24
05/23/2010 - Deepwater Horizon Response Day 23
05/22/2010 - Deepwater Horizon Response Day 22
05/21/2010 - EO 10-106 - State of Emergency extended to Additional Counties
05/21/2010 - Deepwater Horizon Response Day 21
05/20/2010 - Deepwater Horizon Response Day 20
05/19/2010 - Deepwater Horizon Response Day 19
05/18/2010 - Deepwater Horizon Response Day 18
05/18/2010 - Governor Offers Guidelines For Reporting Oil Spill Impacts In Florida
05/17/2010 - Deepwater Horizon Response Day 17
05/16/2010 - Deepwater Horizon Response Day 16
05/15/2010 - Deepwater Horizon Response Day 15
05/14/2010 - Deepwater Horizon Response Day 14
05/13/2010 - Deepwater Horizon Response Day 13
05/12/2010 - Governor Highlights Oil Spill Response Efforts at VISIT FLORIDA Board Meeting Release
05/12/2010 - Governor Crist's Letter To President, BP America
05/12/2010 - Deepwater Horizon Response Day 12
05/11/2010 - Deepwater Horizon Response Day 11
05/10/2010 - Deepwater Horizon Response Day 10
05/09/2010 - Deepwater Horizon Response Day 9
05/08/2010 - Deepwater Horizon Response Day 8
05/07/2010 - Governor Encourages Continued Enjoyment of FLA's Pristine Beaches and Natural Areas
05/07/2010 - Deepwater Horizon Update with Public Information and Hotlines
05/07/2010 - Deepwater Horizon Response Day 7
05/06/2010 - Letter From Governor Crist to President Obama
05/06/2010 - Deepwater Horizon Response Day 6
05/04/2010 - Agencies Continue To Monitor Water Quality To Prevent Unnecessary Fishing Bans
05/04/2010 - BP Release of Funding for Deepwater Horizon Response
05/04/2010 - Volunteer Florida Encourages Floridians To Become Coast Watch Volunteers In Response To The Deepwater Horizon Incident
05/04/2010 - Deepwater Horizon Response Day 5
05/03/2010 - Deepwater Horizon Response Day 4
05/03/2010 - FEIL Activated for Deepwater Horizon Response Release
05/03/2010 - Executive Order 10-100
05/03/2010 - Safety of Florida Seafood Release
05/02/2010 - Deepwater Horizon Response Day 3
05/01/2010 - Deepwater Horizon Response Day 2
04/30/2010 EOC Activates to a Level 2 for Deepwater Horizon Incident Release
04/30/2010 Executive Order 10-99

Situation Reports - 05/01/2010 - 08/12/2010


08/12/2010 – Deepwater Horizon Situation Report 104 [PDF 76KB]
08/11/2010 – Deepwater Horizon Situation Report 103 [PDF 143KB]
08/10/2010 – Deepwater Horizon Situation Report 102 [PDF 143KB]
08/09/2010 – Deepwater Horizon Situation Report 101 [PDF 143KB]
08/06/2010 – Deepwater Horizon Situation Report 100 [PDF 143KB]
08/05/2010 – Deepwater Horizon Situation Report 99 [PDF 144KB]
08/04/2010 – Deepwater Horizon Situation Report 98 [PDF 144KB]
08/03/2010 – Deepwater Horizon Situation Report 97 [PDF 77KB]
08/02/2010 – Deepwater Horizon Situation Report 96 [PDF 77KB]
08/01/2010 – Deepwater Horizon Situation Report 95 [PDF 144KB]
07/31/2010 – Deepwater Horizon Situation Report 94 [PDF 145KB]
07/30/2010 – Deepwater Horizon Situation Report 93 [PDF 145KB]
07/29/2010 – Deepwater Horizon Situation Report 92 [PDF 144KB]
07/28/2010 – Deepwater Horizon Situation Report 91 [PDF 144KB]
07/27/2010 – Deepwater Horizon Situation Report 90 [PDF 77KB]
07/26/2010 – Deepwater Horizon Situation Report 89 [PDF 77KB]
07/25/2010 – Deepwater Horizon Situation Report 88 [PDF 144KB]
07/24/2010 – Deepwater Horizon Situation Report 87 [PDF 144KB]
07/23/2010 – Deepwater Horizon Situation Report 86 [PDF 144KB]
07/22/2010 – Deepwater Horizon Situation Report 85 [PDF 150KB]
07/21/2010 – Deepwater Horizon Situation Report 84 [PDF 150KB]
07/20/2010 – Deepwater Horizon Situation Report 83 [PDF 170KB]
07/19/2010 – Deepwater Horizon Situation Report 82 [PDF 149KB]
07/18/2010 – Deepwater Horizon Situation Report 81 [PDF 149KB]
07/17/2010 – Deepwater Horizon Situation Report 80 [PDF 149KB]
07/16/2010 – Deepwater Horizon Situation Report 79 [PDF 140KB]
07/15/2010 – Deepwater Horizon Situation Report 78 [PDF 140KB]
07/14/2010 – Deepwater Horizon Situation Report 77 [PDF 140KB]
07/13/2010 – Deepwater Horizon Situation Report 76 [PDF 141KB]
07/12/2010 – Deepwater Horizon Situation Report 75 [PDF 140KB]
07/11/2010 – Deepwater Horizon Situation Report 74 [PDF 140KB]
07/10/2010 – Deepwater Horizon Situation Report 73 [PDF 140KB]
07/09/2010 – Deepwater Horizon Situation Report 72 [PDF 140KB]
07/08/2010 – Deepwater Horizon Situation Report 71 [PDF 140KB]
07/07/2010 – Deepwater Horizon Situation Report 70 [PDF 140KB]
07/06/2010 – Deepwater Horizon Situation Report 69 [PDF 71KB]
07/05/2010 – Deepwater Horizon Situation Report 68 [PDF 140KB]
07/04/2010 – Deepwater Horizon Situation Report 67 [PDF 140KB]
07/03/2010 – Deepwater Horizon Situation Report 66 [PDF 81KB]
07/02/2010 – Deepwater Horizon Situation Report 65 [PDF 149KB]
07/01/2010 – Deepwater Horizon Situation Report 64 [PDF 82KB]
06/30/2010 – Deepwater Horizon Situation Report 63 [PDF 148KB]
06/29/2010 – Deepwater Horizon Situation Report 62 [PDF 148KB]
06/28/2010 – Deepwater Horizon Situation Report 61 [PDF 82KB]
06/27/2010 – Deepwater Horizon Situation Report 60 [PDF 82KB]
06/26/2010 – Deepwater Horizon Situation Report 59 [PDF 148KB]
06/25/2010 – Deepwater Horizon Situation Report 58 [PDF 148KB]
06/24/2010 – Deepwater Horizon Situation Report 57 [PDF 149KB]
06/23/2010 – Deepwater Horizon Situation Report 56 [PDF 165KB]
06/22/2010 – Deepwater Horizon Situation Report 55 [PDF 165KB]
06/21/2010 – Deepwater Horizon Situation Report 54 [PDF 165KB]
06/20/2010 – Deepwater Horizon Situation Report 53 [PDF 166KB]
06/19/2010 – Deepwater Horizon Situation Report 52 [PDF 166KB]
06/18/2010 – Deepwater Horizon Situation Report 51 [PDF 139KB]
06/17/2010 – Deepwater Horizon Situation Report 50 [PDF 139KB]
06/16/2010 – Deepwater Horizon Situation Report 49 [PDF 138KB]
06/15/2010 – Deepwater Horizon Situation Report 48 [PDF 138KB]
06/14/2010 – Deepwater Horizon Situation Report 47 [PDF 70KB]
06/13/2010 – Deepwater Horizon Situation Report 46 [PDF 69KB]
06/12/2010 – Deepwater Horizon Situation Report 45 [PDF 149KB]
06/11/2010 – Deepwater Horizon Situation Report 44 [PDF 147KB]
06/10/2010 – Deepwater Horizon Situation Report 43 [PDF 68KB]
06/09/2010 – Deepwater Horizon Situation Report 42 [PDF 68KB]
06/08/2010 – Deepwater Horizon Situation Report 41 [PDF 68KB]
06/07/2010 – Deepwater Horizon Situation Report 40 [PDF 68KB]
06/06/2010 – Deepwater Horizon Situation Report 39 [PDF 65KB]
06/05/2010 – Deepwater Horizon Situation Report 38 [PDF 67KB]
06/04/2010 – Deepwater Horizon Situation Report 37 [PDF 69KB]
06/03/2010 – Deepwater Horizon Situation Report 36 [PDF 67KB]
06/02/2010 – Deepwater Horizon Situation Report 35 [PDF 66KB]
06/01/2010 – Deepwater Horizon Situation Report 34 [PDF 66KB]
05/31/2010 – Deepwater Horizon Situation Report 33 [PDF 66KB]
05/30/2010 – Deepwater Horizon Situation Report 32 [PDF 67KB]
05/29/2010 – Deepwater Horizon Situation Report 31 [PDF 67KB]
05/28/2010 – Deepwater Horizon Situation Report 30 [PDF 66KB]
05/27/2010 – Deepwater Horizon Situation Report 29 [PDF 66KB]
05/26/2010 – Deepwater Horizon Situation Report 28 [PDF 64KB]
05/25/2010 – Deepwater Horizon Situation Report 27 [PDF 62KB]
05/24/2010 – Deepwater Horizon Situation Report 26 [PDF 65KB]
05/23/2010 – Deepwater Horizon Situation Report 25 [PDF 65KB]
05/22/2010 – Deepwater Horizon Situation Report 24 [PDF 63KB]
05/21/2010 – Deepwater Horizon Situation Report 23 [PDF 63KB]
05/20/2010 – Deepwater Horizon Situation Report 22 [PDF 63KB]
05/19/2010 – Deepwater Horizon Situation Report 21 [PDF 63KB]
05/18/2010 – Deepwater Horizon Situation Report 20 [PDF 63KB]
05/17/2010 – Deepwater Horizon Situation Report 19 [PDF 63KB]
05/16/2010 – Deepwater Horizon Situation Report 18 [PDF 61KB]
05/15/2010 – Deepwater Horizon Situation Report 17 [PDF 82KB]
05/14/2010 – Deepwater Horizon Situation Report 16 [PDF 58KB]
05/13/2010 – Deepwater Horizon Situation Report 15 [PDF 55KB]
05/12/2010 – Deepwater Horizon Situation Report 14 [PDF 55KB]
05/11/2010 – Deepwater Horizon Situation Report 13 [PDF 57KB]
05/10/2010 – Deepwater Horizon Situation Report 12 [PDF 56KB]
05/09/2010 – Deepwater Horizon Situation Report 11 [PDF 57KB]
05/08/2010 – Deepwater Horizon Situation Report 10 [PDF 57KB]
05/07/2010 – Deepwater Horizon Situation Report 9 [PDF 88KB]
05/06/2010 – Deepwater Horizon Situation Report 8 [PDF 56KB]
05/05/2010 – Deepwater Horizon Situation Report 7 [PDF 55KB]
05/04/2010 – Deepwater Horizon Situation Report 6 [PDF 52KB]
05/03/2010 – Deepwater Horizon Situation Report 5 [PDF 53KB]
05/02/2010 – Deepwater Horizon Situation Report 4 [PDF 70KB]
05/01/2010 – Deepwater Horizon Situation Report 3 [PDF 43KB]

Updated:
January 23, 2014 15:49

 

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